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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Politicker and other news sources are reporting today that Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, has been arrested and accused of taking bribes. This is the second scandal this week involving state politicians. Read the full article below.
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.
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
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
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
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.”