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 …

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara’s visit to Albany

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Last Monday, in an 18 minute address to the New York Conference of Mayor’s’ U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara appealed to honest politicians and others in state government to “call out corruption when they see it.” Later the same day, he participated in an hour long broadcast held on Albany-based WAMC/FM. Short of revealing current investigative plans, we have the right …

Graft kings: What Shelly Silver’s trial reveals about government.

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The Sheldon Silver of a previous age, George Washington Plunkitt, summed up his long career in Democratic Party machine politics thus: “Everybody is talkin’ these days about Tammany [Hall] men growin’ rich on graft, but nobody thinks of drawin’ the distinction between honest graft and dishonest graft. There’s all the difference in the world between the two. Yes, many of …

How some of your money is being spent

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As reported on the web site of www.seethroughny.net on September 28th, total pension payout’s for 394,000 retirees in state and local New York State governments (outside of NYC) reached $9.7 billion, in the fiscal year ending in March of 2015, up from $9.3 billion in the prior period. For more specific information, use their web site for more detailed information. …

Willie Sutton Lives on in Albany

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Breaking News William Francis “Willie” Sutton was a prolific bank robber stealing an estimated $2 million over a forty year career. When asked why he robbed banks he answered “because that’s where the money is. “ Investigative work recently completed, using financial disclosure records available to the New York Times, questioned the spending of Sheldon Silver’s replacement Democratic Majority Leader …