ethics

Karen DeWitt

ALBANY (WSKG) - The New York State Education Department hearing on whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo Board of Education for leaking private information from the board's executive sessions could conclude as early as Tuesday.

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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.  

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Supporters of a constitutional convention in New York say the amendment deserves prominent placement on the November ballot. 

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After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the beleaguered group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate is trying to change the subject.

Karen DeWitt

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. 

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Did passage of the New York State budget signal the end of Albany’s legislative session for 2017, or will other matters, including ethics reform, get done before the lawmakers adjourn in June? 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - The leader of the state Senate said an indicted Republican senator is staying on for now to help work on the upcoming state budget vote and other issues. 

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Another sitting state legislator, Sen. Rob Ortt, has been indicted on corruption charges, along with George Maziarz, who held the western New York Senate seat before him.  

ALBANY (WSKG) - Now that Preet Bharara is no longer the US Attorney for the southern district of New York, some in Albany wonder who will now be investigating potential corruption? 

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Reform advocates are taking exception to remarks made by Governor Cuomo, who said there is already enough oversight of potentially corrupt activities in Albany. 

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Lawmakers grilled Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development chair Wednesday at a budget hearing, as some of the programs are embroiled in a corruption scandal that’s led to charges against several former associates of the governor.

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - New York voters will decide this fall whether to allow a judge to reduce the pension of public officials convicted of corruption. On Monday, the state legislature approved a constitutional amendment that would allow a judge to strip various state and local officials of their pension if they've been convicted of a felony related to their job. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo saved his ethics proposals for the last stop of his State of the State tour in Albany, where he released a 10-point plan to address rampant corruption that has reached his own administration. 

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An ethics reform proposal quietly circulated between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders for a possible special session that also could include a pay raise is getting blasted by the state’s attorney general as possibly unconstitutional. 

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is bringing charges against a former portfolio manager in the state’s pension fund, saying he accepted bribes, including prostitutes and illegal drugs, from two hedge fund brokers. 

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When anti-fracking activist Scott Cannon’s invitation to serve on Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force was rescinded last July, emails soon surfacedshowing Gov. Wolf’s special assistant, Yesenia Bane, asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to uninvite him. The move created a stir among environmental activists.  

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(WXXI News) New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says bid-rigging allegations related to Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs show stronger oversight is needed. 

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(Keystone Crossroads) To be exact, all but two: Utah and Mississippi. The question came up recently as West York Mayor Charles Wasko resisted calls to step down over his racist Facebook posts

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, speaking Thursday at a panel on corruption in state government at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, took a shot at some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's actions. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said much of the responsibility for the alleged corruption scandal touching his administration is on the state university system, specifically SUNY Polytechnic Institute, which oversaw many of the contracts. But reform groups say the governor is not telling the whole story.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is distancing himself from the corruption scandal within his administration and placing the blame on others. But some say Cuomo might be better off making some changes instead.

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It’s been a week since a federal corruption investigation exploded in New York state, bringing fraud and bribery and charges against developers and state officials for allegedly running a pay-to-play scheme involving upstate economic development projects.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making some changes to prevent any future bid-rigging in some of his major economic development projects. But critics on both the left and the right say Cuomo is failing to address the bigger picture — whether the $8.6 billion worth of programs are an effective use of public money.

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(WXXI News & AP) U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will have more information later today on public corruption charges against nine defendants, including Joseph Percoco, who was once a top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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An ethics reform measure passed at the end of the legislative session still hasn’t been signed by Governor Cuomo. And some good government groups say it shouldn’t.

Barbara Hafer, Former PA Treasurer, Indicted

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Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury. This makes her the third state treasurer to face federal charges in three decades.Hafer is accused on two counts of making false statements to FBI and IRS agents during a corruption investigation in May.

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(WBFO) NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with reporters in Buffalo after political insider Steven Pigeon was arraigned on Thursday on bribery, extortion and other felony charges.

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What began in January as an ambitious reform package to address a wave of corruption at the Capitol, proposed by Governor Cuomo, dwindled to just two proposals by the time the session closed in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning. 

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Expectations for major ethics reform in the state legislature are low. With just over a week to go before the session ends, only one measure — to take back the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted felons — seems to be in play. 

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The state’s Assembly speaker confirmed that federal investigators are looking into some of his actions while he was head of the Bronx Democratic Party, but he says he’s done nothing wrong. 

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