Tom DiNapoli backs legislation that would restore the pre-audit oversight previously stripped from his office.
Tom DiNapoli backs legislation that would restore the pre-audit oversight previously stripped from his office.
“I was not aware that this was a company that had been supportive of me. I don’t keep track of that.”
“People like me have been hearing the word ‘wait’ for as long as we can remember,” Alderperson Phoebe Brown said. “It is imperative that we move on.”
The database was hailed as a model to stop bad officers from job hopping. But now legislative changes are needed to make it more effective.
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Alderperson Cynthia Brock said she’s working with the Tompkins County Ethics Board to open an investigation into the former mayor.
Brian Benjamin was a state senator when the Manhattan district attorney subpoenaed him last year about an alleged scheme run by a former campaign aide.
“The Legislature and the governor have agreed to replace JCOPE, but unfortunately with something that has the same fatal flaw.”
“We don’t want the deck chairs on the Titanic being rearranged. We want the real independent ethics commission that the public’s been promised.”
“This would be such a vast improvement over the disaster that is JCOPE.”
“The state ethics commission, was completely politicized and undermined by Andrew Cuomo as a deliberate strategy to keep them out of his own hair.”
“Our investigation evidences that the Book was the product of significant work performed by Executive Chamber staff.”
“It would be an act of insanity to touch a woman’s breast and make myself vulnerable to a woman for such an accusation.”
Some commissioners complain they were not given the details about the proposed book deal and it was improperly approved by JCOPE’s staff.
The PSERS board is debating how much to share with the public, how soon to share it — and how to cope with a pushback from employees.
“Governor Cuomo has never assaulted anyone, and Sheriff Apple’s motives here are patently improper. Sheriff Apple didn’t even tell the District Attorney what he was doing.”
“(The state attorney general) had a motive to draw every possible inference against the governor, who was a political rival.”
Cuomo never submitted the book contract to the panel, and the full commission never voted to approve the arrangement.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has widened the federal scrutiny of Pennsylvania’s mammoth public school pension plan.
“You’re not going to restore the trust of the people of New York if you keep playing the same games over and over.”
“There should be something in the legislation that allows for the public to comment remotely. This legislation doesn’t do that.”
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be out of office, but his legal troubles aren’t over just yet.
Much of the focus of the hearing was the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, the state’s current ethics agency.
Now, for the first time in state history, two women and one man will be in the room where major pieces of legislation are negotiated.
“We have an unfortunate history here in New York state that continues, and we need to turn that around.”
“I’ve been in this business long enough to know that it’s not in the purview of the New York State governor to dictate to the New York State Assembly.”
Despite warnings from good-government advocates and even some inside the Capitol that the state’s reimbursement systems are ripe for abuse.
“JCOPE was set up in a way to fail.”
“There was a concern that was brought to our attention. About whether or not Open Meetings Law applies to hearings.”
“There is already more than enough evidence to warrant Cuomo’s removal from office, yet the Assembly continues to dither and protect his power at the expense of New Yorkers.”
Members of the state’s ethics commission pressed Tuesday for a subpoena to look into a controversy over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hiring of a former aide as a “volunteer” COVID-19 vaccine czar.
“The complainants have continued to go to the press and make their complaints in the press, and I have not been able to respond. That’s not fair and that’s not right.”
The former New York City mayor has been under investigation for years by federal authorities, who have been looking into his business dealings in Ukraine.
The restrictions on the media began shortly after several current and former female aides accused the governor of sexual harassment, and in one case, sexual assault.
“To put it very simply, no,” Cuomo said.
Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine said a hotline set up by the committee has generated over 200 tips on probes into sexual harassment allegations made by multiple women.
“New Yorkers deserve an independent ethics watchdog, one with the resources and legal support to take on even a governor without fear or favor.”
“We are probably introducing a new draft in both houses, and I’m cautiously optimistic that we might be able to get first passage in both houses.”
The situation has reignited the conversation in Albany over enforcement of the state’s ethics laws, and whether the entities that already exist have been effective.
The attorney general is already investigating Cuomo on sexual harassment charges from multiple women. And federal prosecutors are looking into a possible cover-up of nursing homes deaths.
Last month, the Washington Post reported on alleged sexual misconduct by Reed
Cuomo did not deny the allegations, saying that people who visited him during the early days of the pandemic received testing.
The attorneys tapped to handle the investigation include a former federal prosecutor who helped investigate foreign meddling in the 2016 election.
“The voters are not necessarily, at the moment, following the lead of the elected officials.”
Republicans, who are in the minority in the legislature, said if the governor won’t resign, impeachment proceedings should begin.
“No, there is no way I resign,” said Cuomo, who added that he deserves “due process” while the AG’s probe continues.
Cuomo, who is already under fire for withholding data that showed twice as many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 than was previously disclosed, denies both allegations.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has announced he is opening an investigation into the matter.
The proposed $765 million loan to Kodak was announced last July as part of the company’s plans to make ingredients used in generic pharmaceuticals.
“That’s not a responsible way to handle a problem.”
An account traced to him had uploaded an image showing a sexual act between a female minor and adult male. The office said police found two other images on Folmer’s cell phone.
Brian Kolb stepped down from his leadership post after being arrested for drunk driving on New Year’s Eve.
The approximately 170 letters filed in U.S. District Court this week paint very different pictures of disgraced former Congressman Chis Collins.
Assemblyman Brian Kolb was in court in the town of Victor on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DWI.
Former congressman Chris Collins, his son Cameron, and Stephen Zarsky pleaded guilty to criminal insider trading charges in October.
Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell says she plans to resign. She won her seat in a special election nine months ago, replacing a representative charged with bribery.
Under current law, lawmakers can accept whatever gifts they want, no matter the cost. For the first time in recent memory, the House may be poised to change that.
Tom Wolf, a Democrat, addressed the situation for the first time Wednesday afternoon, saying he is not aware of any wrongdoing.
“What is almost certain right now is that it seems like his political career, for now, is over.”
The caucus has released a final report about sexual misconduct allegations against Leach. It found “unprofessional” behavior, but no sexual harassment.
“It clearly is a step forward. It increases accountability and decreases corruption risk.”
The case against former Assembly member Angela Wozniak from the Buffalo area dates from 2016, when she was accused of harassing a male staffer.
A key issue in this criminal case is the U.S. Constitution’s “speech and debates” clause. That says a member of Congress can’t be challenged for something he says in Congress.
I never considered it for a second. This is nothing to do with anything in the report, this is because I embarrassed Jay Costa by releasing the exonerating report, and I embarrassed other people who had called for me to resign.”
A national report finds that New York state’s ethics panel is among the worst in the nation. Reform groups say that’s not news to them and have called for an overhaul of the commission.
When a police investigator, Fred Akshar (R – Endwell) had intimate relations with a mother of a crime victim. According to the Gannett papers, Akshar had helped investigate her son’s murder.
PA’s State Ethics Commission could not meet the burden of “clear and convincing proof” that Bane had violated the Ethics Act.
Treasurer Joe Torsella said fellow Democrat Senator Daylin Leach has shown a troubling pattern of “lashing out” against people who have accused him of sexual misconduct.
The push for a public campaign finance system for New York’s politicians heated up as a feud erupted between three young female lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides.
Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman was ordered to serve some of his time concurrently with a 4-year term handed down last week, making his sentence a total of 7.5 years.
A Western New York political operative and former campaign aide for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump is one of more than 80 people or entities contacted by the House Judiciary Committee, which is now looking into alleged misdeeds by the president.
A recent legislative hearing on sexual harassment in state government focused in part on the role of the state’s ethics commission in investigating charges of alleged abuse.
An embattled State House Democrat convicted of accepting a bribe has resigned, under pressure from legislative leaders.
The former head of key economic develop programs for Governor Andrew Cuomo, including the Buffalo Billion, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a federal judge Tuesday.
Democrats are poised to lead the state Senate starting next month, but they will still lack power on the state’s ethics panel. A law implemented several years ago will allow Republicans in the chamber to hold the majority of seats.
A Buffalo developer has been sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine in a bid-rigging scheme connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program.
NORRISTOWN, PA (WHYY) – A judge has rejected former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s eleventh-hour bid to stay out of jail, clearing the path for Kane to start serving her time as an inmate under county supervision.
Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is likely headed to jail soon. More than two years ago, Kane was convicted of leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it.
Multiple women say the former N.Y. attorney general physically attacked them. A prosecutor says she believes the women but “legal impediments” preclude any charges. She’s proposed a legislative fix.
NEW YORK (Associated Press) Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos was sentenced to four years and three months in prison Wednesday after his conviction on public corruption charges.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – A trial date of Feb. 3, 2020 has beens set for the federal insider trading case involving Rep. Chris Collins.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Cuomo’s former closest aid received a prison sentence Thursday day of six years after being convicted of illegally gaining over $300,000 in bribery schemes.
Marc Molinaro continues an anti-corruption focus on his campaign tour ahead of the November election.
Rep. Chris Collins said that by suspending his campaign, he was acting in the best interests of his constituents, the GOP and President Trump. But his name may stay on the ballot anyway.
Taking a page from their own 2006 playbook, House Democrats hope to capitalize on the insider trading allegations against New York Rep. Chris Collins and other GOP scandals to regain a majority in November.
Rep. Chris Collins was charged with securities fraud along with his son and another man. Collins is accused of passing inside stock information to his son, who used it to make favorable trades.
Buffalo, NY (WBFO) – Federal court documents portray a scramble by Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) and others in the wake of bad news about testing of MIS416, an Innate Immunotherapeutics drug designed to treat multiple sclerosis.
NEW YORK — A former New York State Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges of pressuring businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican’s political support.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Prosecutors and lawyers for the defense gave opening statements Monday in the bid rigging trial of a former associate of Gov. Cuomo and two upstate development firms, who are accused of fraudulently obtaining lucrative taxpayer-funded state contracts.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he’s appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor to look into the domestic violence accusations against disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – The State Ethics Commission is moving ahead with a full investigation of Governor Tom Wolf’s deputy chief of staff, Yesenia Bane. She is married to a natural gas industry lobbyist and is the subject of a formal complaint over her potential conflicts of interest.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul offered a response to Republicans who, earlier this week, took aim at the Buffalo Billion during an appearance by gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – On the day of the Governor’s budget address last month, Amtrak’s 7:25 Keystone service from Philadelphia’s 30th street station to Harrisburg filled up with lobbyists on their way to the Capitol.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — Lawyers for state Representative Tarah Toohil have released additional abuse allegations against a fellow GOP lawmaker—along with portions of a House investigation into the matter.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) – A potentially unprecedented conflict is unfolding in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives. After alleged abuse, one Republican lawmaker has been granted a restraining order against another.
HARRISBURG, PA, (WSKG) — State House Republicans have concluded an internal investigation into abuse allegations against one of their own. The case involving Representative Nick Miccarelli is an unusual one. Both of Miccarelli’s accusers work in the Capitol, and one is fellow Republican Representative Tarah Toohil. The investigation began more than a month ago, when the two women first filed their allegations. One, who has not come forward publicly, said he raped her.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Cuomo spoke publicly for the first time since his former closest aide was convicted of running two bribery schemes while working for the governor and managing Cuomo’s reelection campaign.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco has been found guilty on three counts of bribery and conspiracy to commit honest service fraud, by a federal jury in Manhattan on Tuesday.
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint against one of Gov. Tom Wolf’s top aides, for potentially mixing the public’s business with her own.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) The jury is deadlocked in the federal corruption trial of former top aide to Governor Cuomo, Joe Percoco . The judge in the case is giving jurors Wednesday off for a snow day, but telling them they have to come back on Thursday and keep deliberating.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joe Percoco, is waiting to find out whether he’ll be convicted of bribery and other charges as a jury continues to deliberate in federal court.
Albany, NY (WSKG) – The head of the state’s Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the state’s public ethics commission, alleging that Governor Cuomo and his top aide, Joe Percoco, now on trial for bribery, broke the state’s public officers law.
ALBANY (WSKG) – The flu epidemic is hitting the corruption trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.
ALBANY (WSKG) Republicans are seeking political advantage in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide. One of the governor’s opponents is pressuring Cuomo to answer some of the revelations in the trial about how state business was conducted, and whether a pay-to-play “atmosphere” was created.
ALBANY (WSKG) – Testimony at the trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, has highlighted some practices inside the governor’s office that government reform groups say is at the very least questionable, and possibly even illegal.
NEW YORK CITY (WSKG) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff was one of the first witnesses to testify at the corruption trial of Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco. Linda Lacewell described Percoco as a trusted loyal and very senior aide to the governor.
When the state legislative session ended on June 21, lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business, including ethics reform proposals made in light of the economic development scandal in the Cuomo administration. A bill to add greater oversight to the state’s economic development contracts has majority party sponsors in each house of the legislature. But the measure failed to come to the floor for a vote. That’s despite the fact that nine former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been charged with bribery and bid rigging, among other crimes, and are scheduled to go on trial as early as the fall. Ron Deutsch, with the union-backed think tank Fiscal Policy Institute, said it’s a missed opportunity. “It’s another sad day in Albany,” said Deutsch.
ALBANY (WSKG) – This year’s state legislative session has produced no agreements on ethics reform, even though Albany is in the midst of a what some call a corruption crime wave. Capitol correspondent Karen DeWitt (who is recovering from a cold) spoke to longtime League of Women Voters lobbyist Barbara Bartoletti about the lack of action.
Supporters of a constitutional convention in New York say the amendment deserves prominent placement on the November ballot. Opponents say the entire idea is too risky, and that the state should skip it. Every 20 years, New Yorkers have the chance to vote on whether the state should hold a constitutional convention. If it’s approved, delegates are elected from each state Senate district, and they meet to decide on potential changes to the state’s constitution. A coalition that backs holding a convention said it could lose potential yes votes if the ballot proposal is not displayed on the front on the ballot when it next appears on Nov. 7.
After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the beleaguered group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate is trying to change the subject. The eight-member Independent Democratic Conference has been the target of some bad headlines lately because some of its members have accepted stipend payments of $12,500 to $18,000 for chairing committees when they were in fact the vice chairs, a position that does not legally entitle a senator to extra pay, or “lulus.” The IDC’s leader, Sen. Jeff Klein, has said repeatedly that it’s all legal. “We’re within the law,” Klein said on May 16. And the Republicans who control the Senate with the help of the IDC agree.
ALBANY (WSKG) – There are reports that state senators who received payments for chairing committees that they actually did not chair are now under a probe by the state attorney general and at least one U.S. attorney. Several Republican and independent Democratic senators were paid stipends allocated to chairs of Senate committees. But the senators weren’t actually the chairs; they had all been designated as vice chairs, a relatively new title. There is no provision in state law to pay stipends to vice chairs. Senators have defended the practice as perfectly legal, based on the Senate GOP leadership’s top lawyer, who has issued a memo justifying the practice. Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein said his members have been “transparent” about the arrangement.