Tag Archives: scandal

A breakdown of the wiretapping scandal

A story in the New York Times today provides a breakdown of exactly how the wiretapping scandal, that has sent many Albany legislators into a panic,  went down.  Former Senator Shirley Huntley agreed to tape colleagues in the hopes it would help her in a case that federal prosecuters had lodged against her. Huntley taped some of the most prominent elected officials in Queens and Brooklyn who were visiting her home.

Read the full story online.

Deal on corruption before end of session?

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.

Newsday’s Westchester edition quotes Governor Cuomo as saying he won’t let session end ‘without something being done.’  The Governor also said that he may convene a special prosecutorial panel if lawmakers don’t take action.

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 heather.jung@bcnys.org for more information.

Cuomo on Malcolm Smith: People in power abuse power. It’s part of the human condition.

In a Capitol Confidential blog post Jimmy Vielkind of the Times Union shared Governor Cuomo’s take on the Malcolm Smith scandal. He also shared a side note on a Syracuse Post-Standard story  regarding the governor’s relationship with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner… or lack thereof.

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Malcolm Smith: The Headlines

Obviously, Malcolm Smith has been making headlines around the state the past day or so.  Here is a rundown of the stories:

Capitol Tonight: Cuomo On Corruption: ‘People Do Stupid Things’

Capitol Confidential: Malcolm Smith’s staff will take a trimming

The New York Times: Jumping From Party to Party to Bribery Charge

Huffington Post: Malcolm Smith Bribery Case: Who’s Who In Alleged Scheme To Make State Senator NYC Mayor (CHART)

The New York Daily News: Fallout from state Sen. Malcolm Smith alleged bribery scandal touches mayor hopefuls on both sides of the aisle

The New York Post: Smith suffers quick power outage

The New York Post: The fall (and fall) of Sen. Smith

The Buffalo News: Malcolm Smith and his “clean elections” push

The New York Daily News: Details of mayoral race bribery scheme implicating state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran shine light on devious tactics 

Capitol Confidential: Goo-goos say Smith charges show CampFin need

The Times Union: Malcolm Smith vows vindication after FBI arrest

Capitol Tonight Blog:  Why Does This Keep Happening?

The Daily Politics: Mayor Bloomberg: Corruption Charges Make The Case For Non-Partisan Elections

The New York Times: Lawmakers in New York Tied to Bribery Plot in Mayor Race

The Post Standard: Sen. Malcolm Smith stripped of IDC leadership position


A return to Albany after a scandal

Danny Hakim of The New York Times wrote the following story about Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s return to the Legislature:

ALBANY — Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez on Monday made his first public appearance here since a sexual harassment scandal engulfed his political career, forcing him to step down as the Brooklyn Democratic chairman.

Many of the perks Mr. Lopez, 71, once enjoyed are gone.

His large legislative suite has been downgraded to a small office for freshman lawmakers. He has been stripped of his committee chairmanship and had his pay cut. His seat in the Assembly chamber has been moved back a row, next to rookie legislators.

His parking space in the Capitol garage has also been moved farther from the elevator, and even his state license plate has changed.

“My license plate number has gone from 20 to 137,” Mr. Lopez told a clutch of reporters gathered around his desk. “I guess that’s, you know, a setback, but that was never my issue.”

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