Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs at The Business Council, is featured in today’s Business Review article on how the repeal of the annual pay notification requirement, part of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, was blocked at the end of this year’s legislative session. The measure had been moving forward, passing the Senate with bipartisan support in late June and with an Assembly companion bill introduced with a bipartisan mix of 62 cosponsors.
Read the full article on the Business Review website.
Assembly Speaker Silver Vows to Seek Lopez’s Expulsion
Governor Cuomo told reporters that Assemblyman Vito Lopez should either resign or be booted from the Assembly. His comments came a day after the release of a report detailing accusations of sexual harassment against Lopez from his former staff members. When questioned about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s role in the scandal, the governor “pulled his punches,” wrote Juan Gonzalez, Celeste Katz and Glenn Blain of the New York Daily News.
As new names come to light as part of the federal corruption probe into New York’s legislature, Governor Cuomo announced that has been no significant progress on establishing tougher anti-corruption measures.
Although campaign finances have had nothing to do with the wiretapping scandal, many groups are calling for campaign finance reform as part of a deal. Our campaign finance reform expert Heather Jung has been analyzing the latest proposals. Keep up to date on our campaign finance reform page or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kenneth Lovett of The Daily Newswrites that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver held a closed-door meeting with his Democratic conference recently and warned them that corruption taints the entire chamber. But his warning, critics say, comes a little too late.
About 1/3 of Voters Say Their Legislator Could Be Arrested
Federal Prosecutors & AG Should Take Lead in Cleaning Up Corruption
I can’t say the results of Siena Research Institute’s latest poll are very surprising. Here are the findings from SRI’s release:
Nine out of ten voters say corruption in the New York State Legislature is a serious problem (41 percent very serious). Eight out of ten say it’s likely that there will be more arrests of state legislators in the near future, and the arrests could include their own assemblymember, 35 percent say, or their state senator, 30 percent say, according to a new Siena College Poll of New York voters released today. Voters are virtually evenly divided on whether focusing on law enforcement or the electoral process is more important in fighting corruption.
Ken Pokalsky, vice president of government affairs at The Business Council, will be appearing alongside Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate, and Mike Durant, the New York State Director for NFIB, on WMHT’s news program New York Nowat 7:30 p.m. tonight and at 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Sunday. The three will be appearing with program host Casey Seiler of the Times Union. Their roundtable discussion will focus on their reactions to the state budget and their hopes for the remainder of the legislative session.
“They pat each other down. They crack wise about ‘CSI: Albany.’ They vent, in bars and back rooms and on basketball courts.” That’s the start of New York Time’s reporter Jesse McKinley’s story on the return of state lawmakers to work in Albany. He also described the reception Senator Malcolm Smith received from his colleagues.
Governor Cuomo gave some hints about an ethics package he’s putting together during an interview with Susan Arbetter on her WCNY program, “The Capitol Pressroom” Monday. He also addressed the recent Fred Dicker New York Post column which said the governor was attempting to push Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver out. “Never waste a crisis,” said Cuomo to Arbetter.