Warning

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned on Friday that provisions contained in Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget would strip away oversight of state spending. In his annual review of the governor’s proposed budget, DiNapoli said the $162.2 billion spending plan released by Cuomo last month would expand the executive branch’s authority to redirect funds with little input from the Legislature. “Several proposals …

Pension Forfeiture Bill Approved

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The State Senate and the Assembly cleared the way for a constitutional amendment that will strip pensions from lawmakers convicted of felonies. This is the final step before the proposed amendment goes before the voters this fall. Notably, under this proposal, a convicted official will not automatically lose their pension. A court review would follow that could result in forfeiture, …

A presumption of Openness

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President Barack Obama signed into law on June 30th a long sought after upgrade of the Freedom of Information Act known as the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The altered legislation codifies a “presumption of openness,” strengthening the proactive disclosure of information in digital format thereby making “open data” immediately accessible, by default, on-line, at no charge, in formats conductive …

New Long Island Gov’t Spending Web Site established.

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Reclaim New York, a Manhattan based non-profit just announced a New York Transparency Project, an online searchable data base that includes spending data for 175 government bodies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The site, reclaimnewyork.org (available on this web site) will grow to include more than 3,400 government bodies’ state wide, updated annually. Reclaim this year submitted Freedom of Information …

US Attorney Preet Bharara claims NY still “top in corruption.”

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When asked in a recent interview if New York politics is more corrupt than other states, Bharara replied, “If you’re looking for a market leader, I wouldn’t bet on New York” slamming both the state Legislature and Gov. Cuomo for not moving faster on ethics reform. He further added he does not see any serious evidence of self policing, and …

Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate failure

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Crain’s New York Business – August 29, 2016 Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate failure The governor proposed to revive the economy and so far he hasn’t When then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo ran for governor in 2010, he promised to revive the moribund upstate economy. A new report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows that effort has essentially failed. The comptroller looked at job growth …

Breaking News – Gov. Cuomo’s Business Development Program a costly failure

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As reported in Newsday on July 2nd, and written by James T. Madone, businesses enrolled in the governor’s Start-Up NY program of tax-free zones on college campuses (since its inception three years ago) created only 332 jobs across the state in 2015. This program has sparked considerable controversy because the Empire State Development Corporation, the state’s primary business aid agency …

Cuomo is taking control of New York’s Democratic Party

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By Fredric U. Dicker May 23, 2016 | 12:24am Gov. Cuomo, hobbled by US Attorney Preet Bharara’s probe of longtime political operative Joseph Percoco, will take personal control of the state Democratic Party on Monday — even as he names Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as its new “figurehead” chairman, sources told The Post. Brown’s selection — to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of …

How the game is played in Albany

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No wonder there’s rampant cynicism surrounding the likelihood of getting significant ethics reform done despite overwhelming public demand. Consider the latest fate of a bill to close the infamous LLC loophole. The measure has been proposed every year since 2010 by State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan). Republicans oppose it, while the Democratic-dominated Assembly passes a similar version each year. On …

A noisy campaign backdrop

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As reported in Newsday’s Daily Point on April 30th North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth is trying to put rules and controls in place that she says will change the culture of unaccountability in town government. She supports a list of recommendations from the town attorney that she hopes the town board will adopt. Bosworth is reeling from the recent …