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Reinvent Albany Press Release & Testimony

 

Assembly Speaker Heastie's referred-to 2016 letter

 

 

VIDEO of November 30, 2018 hearing
(at 45:45 mins)

 

click here for:  EVIDENCE that was handed up

 

ETC.

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September 17, 2012 article: 
 "State Judges Lose Bid for Retroactive Pay", Joel Stashenko

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy – 109th Assembly District;

 

Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh – 112th Assembly District, who is a lawyer and sits on such relevant committees as the Assembly Committee on Local Governments

 

Senator George Amedore – 46th Senate District, who sits on such relevant committee as the Senate Judiciary Committee

 

 

As discussed, there are lawyers among them – as, for instance,   

 

investigative steps were taken by the Senate and Assembly committees – all of whom are being sued the press had NO did not believe that the press

 

 

 

PRESS REPORTING

Sheelah Kolhatar


March 7, 2018
"Public corruption cases drive push"

February 12, 2018
"Cuomo's poll drop means nothing"
NY Observer (Bradley Tusk)


February 10, 2018
"Brian Kolb tackling misconduct accusations over race for governor"
WHEC

January 23, 2018
"Political Corruption Trial Has New Yorkers Grumbling"
Courthouse News (Alan Klasfeld)

January 22, 2018
here  & here
CBS (Marcia Kramer)

January 22, 2018
"County GOPs begin backing Kolb as governor"
Wayne Post (Julie Sherwood)

"Governor pulls in real estate contributions through egregious loophole"
Crain's Business (Will Bredderman)

January 16, 2018
"Cuomo enters re-election year with highest favorability rating in years"
Binghamton.com

January 16, 2018
"55 percent of voters likely to re-elect Cuomo"
Spectrum News

January 16, 2018
"Siena poll shows Cuomo with wind at his back"
Albany Times Union (Matt Hamilton)

January 14, 2018
"The Next GOP panic: Governors races"
Politico (Gabriel DeBenedetti, Daniel Strauss)

January 8, 2018
"
Cox: GOP candidates for governor pledge not to have a primary"
Albany Times Union (Matt Hamilton)

"GOP has shortlist of potential candidates for governor"
NPR (Karen DeWitt)

January 8, 2018
"Cox: GOP candidates for governor pledge to not have a primary"
Albany Times Union (Matt Hamilton)

December 28, 2018
"In a Career Year, Which Gov. Cuomo Stands Up?"
The Chief (Richard Steier)

December 25, 2017
"Question marks surround Cuomo scandals, ambitions as he heads into 2018"
Daily News (Ken Lovett)

November 20, 2017
"Possible GOP Candidates Weigh Chances to Unseat Cuomo"
Gotham Gazette (Rachel Silberstein)

November 9, 2017
"John DeFrancisco: No change in plans
after GOP rival drops plans for governor"
Syracuse.com  (Mark Weiner)

October 27, 2017
"9 Democratic primaries to watch in 2018"
CNN (Gregory Krieg)

October 19, 2017
"Molinaro for New York: Republican creates campaign committee
to run for governor"
Auburnpub.com  (Robert Harding)

October 17, 2017
"Kolb, Molinaro in talks to form GOP ticket against Cuomo in 2018"
Auburn.pub  (Robert Harding)

October 9, 2017
"State business leaders worry Democratic primary challenger
could push Gov. Cuomo too far to the left
"
Daily News (Ken Lovett)

October 2, 2017
"Dutchess County exec outlines potential gubernatorial campaign in Essex County"
The Sun (Pete Demola)

August 18, 2017
"
Cuomo 2020 is a pipe dream wasting NY tax dollars"
The Hill (Joseph Borelli)

July 27, 2017
"
This Democrat might be Cuomo's biggest challenger next year"
NY Post (Carl Campanile)

June 14, 2017
"6/14: Cuomo Approval Rating Hightest in Two Years,
Cuomo on Track for Re-Election, Lacks Support for Presidential Bid
", Marist Poll Release

January 18, 2017
"Cuomo reports $22M in campaign coffers as potential candidates lag behind"
Daily News (Ken Lovett)

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Cynthia Nixon -- Bill Hyers  Rebecca Katz

 

 

 

 

October 4, 2014 "The Insiders"  (Sandra Peddie, Will Van Sant)

"How Long Island Judges Win Races Before They Start": Peddie, July 26, 2016

 

Center for Cost Effective Government

November 27, 2018
"Con con is dead, but we still need these New York state reforms", City and State Steve Levy

 

Skelos out, Flanagan in as Senate Leader", Gannett May 11, 2015

 

subsequent
"FAKE NEWS" reporting by Shane Goldmacher --

"Cuomo Uses Billionaire's Plane for Sundance Trip"
January 25, 2018

August 22, 2017
"Corruption in state government? Researchers turn to reporters for answers"
James Drew/Houston Chronicle

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January 18, 2014

"Governor To Release Budget Tuesday", WAMC radio, Karen DeWitt

January 19, 2014

"Eye on NY: Progressive groups urge Cuomo to include public campaign financing in budget", Auburn Citizen, Robert Harding

January 20, 2014

"Cuomo set to release the budget January 21", North Public Radio, Karen DeWitt

"Cuomo's Budget Is Said to Include Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform", New York Times, Thomas Kaplan

"Cuomo to Include Public Campaign Finance in Budget Proposal", WXII, Karen DeWitt

"Majority of New Yorkers Say They Would Re-Elect Cuomo, Poll Finds", New York Times, Jesse McKinley

"Reformers Happy with Cuomo Budget Proposal", North Public Radio, Karen DeWitt 

"Cuomo rises (and Christie) falls in new poll", Capital New York, Laurie Nahmias

"Cuomo met with Moreland leaders just before they sent first subpoenas", Capital New York, Jimmy Vielkind

"Lovett: Cuomo to propose sex harassment complaints hotline for NY employees", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"What would Cuomo do to get public campaign financing?", Capital New York, Liz Benjamin

"Blair Horner: The Budget Battle Begins", WAMC Radio

"Kolb's budget priorities include mandate relief, tax cuts, and reforming school aid formula", Auburn Citizen, Robert Harding

"Siena: Cuomo still riding high with 2-1 favorability", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"How the state budget can impact you and your family?", News Channel 10/Rochester, Berkeley Brean

"Top WNY Republicans meet with Trump, ask key questions", Buffalo News, Robert McCarthy

"GOP blasts Cuomo's comments on Conservatives", New York Post, Fred Dicker

January 21, 2014

"Five things to watch for in Cuomo's budget", Capital New York, Jimmy Vielkind

"Juggling Act: state budget style", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler, James Odato

"GOP: Cuomo Should Be All Apologies", State of Politics, Nick Reisman

"Paladino Says He'll Likely Run for Governor if Trump Doesn't", WGRZ.com/Rochester Channel 2

January 22, 2014

"Comment by Cuomo Outrages Republicans", New York Times, Jesse McKinley

"Astorino: We'll Raise What We Need to Raise", State of Politics, Nick Reisman

January 23, 2014

"New York State Exposed: Following your Money into the General Fund", News 10/Rochester, Berkley Brean

"Elizabeth Warren and Eric Schneiderman Join Forces in New York", New York Magazine, Chris Smith

"'This is about our values'", Capital New York, Laura Nahmias

"Coming soon: The most conservative Holiday Inn in New York", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Paladino Calls On Cox To Let the Convention Decide It", State of Politics, Casey Bortnick

January 24, 2014

"Bill DiBlasio joins 'the tin cup brigade' on Monday", Capitol Confidential, Rick Karlin

"This week on 'NYN': Bob Megna and More", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Carl Paladino: I'll bet you Donald Trump runs for Governor", Gannett/Albany Watch, Jon Campbell

"Gov. Cuomo and Senate Independent Dems Met To Talk About This Year's Agenda", Daily News, Ken Lovett

January 25, 2014

"Rank of NY millionaires on rise", Gannett, Joseph Spector(includes quotes from E.J. McMahon-Empire Center for Public Policy)

"Sorry state: NY last in nation migration", NY Post, Carl Capanile  (quotes & based on E.J. McMahon-Empire Center for Public Policy)

"Editorial: Long Short Story", Albany Times Union

January 26, 2014

"Paladino on Trump: 'I see good things coming", Buffalo News, Robert McCarthy

"Stanford Experts Urge Major Reforms in State, Local Government Budgeting", PaloAltoPatch, Bea Karnes/Clifton B. Parker

"Paladino: Who is New York's Richard the Lionhearted?", Capitol Confidential, Bryan Fitzgerald

"Paladino sees 'good things' on prospect of Trump candidacy", Buffalo News, Tom Precious

January 27, 2014

"Albany Pro: DeBlasio's big day in Albany; Astorino meets the Conservatives", Capital New York, Jimmy Vielkind

"Potential Cuomo opponent Astorino address Conservatives", Albany Times Union,

"For Conservatives, a choice", Albany Times Union, Casey Seiler

"Paladino threatens mayhem if GOP picks Astorino", Capital New York, Jimmy Vielkind

"Paladino steals the how at the conference", Albany Times Union, Bryan Fitzgerald

"Rob Astorino says GOP, Conservatives will unite", Gannett, Jon Campbell

"Appearing before NYS Conservatives, Rob Astorino Sounds Like Gubernatorial Candidate", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Cuomo's $2B budget surplus has ifs", Capital New York, Jimmy Vielkind

January 28, 2014

"Gov. Cuomo, the wily divider", Daily News, Opinion-Bill Hammond

March 2, 2013

"Sunshine for Albany", New York Post, editorial

March 13, 2014

"Behold: the Senate's one-house budget", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

March 22, 2014

"A budget Cuomo can keep", Albany Times Union, Jonathan Soros, Frederick A.O. Schwarz

March 24, 2014
"Budget cuts caused Manhattan courts to work without officers", New York Post, Julia Marsh

"Budget Talks Remain Fluid Lawmakers Say", State of Politics, Nick Reisman

"Beyond Pre-K: What Else is at Stake for NYC in the State Budget", Gotham Gazette/Citizens Union, David Howard King

March 25, 2014

"Editorial: State is running out of time on budget", Poughkeepsie Journal

"NYS Legislative Leaders Find Their Happy Place, But a Budget Remains Elusive", Daily News, Glenn Blain

"Campaign finance reformers list top NY donors",Wall Street, Journal, Associated Press

"Everything's Being Discussed", State of Politics, Nick Reisman

"Video: Lots of topics for discussion at leaders meeting", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Updated: No agreement yet on New York state budget", Associated Press, Auburnpub.com

"Our view: Look out, here comes the state budget",editorial, Auburnpub.com 

March 26, 2014

"FBI raids NYC politican, he blames 'tabloid hit job'", NY Post, Pat Bailey

March 27, 2014

"Silver says NY budget deal hours away", Newsday, Mike Gormley

March 28, 2014

"Editorial: New York's $137B Big Ugly'", editorial, Newsday

"Work on NY budget continues Friday night", auburn.pub

"Legislature will have a hard time silencing Moreland", Gotham Gazette/Citizens Union, David Howard Union

"What Would Mark Twain Say About Today's New York Political Corruption", Huffington Post, Stephen Bowman

March 29, 2014

"Maziarz calls for more funding", Tonawanda News

"Talks stall on state budget deal as Monday deadline nears", Chalkbeat, Geoff Decker

"Much of the budget introduced before midnight, but not education bill", Democrat & Chronicle/Gannett, Jon Campbell

"Some budget bills missed Friday-night deadline", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"State budget react-o-mat", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Public campaign finance limited to Comptroller", Capital NY, Jessica Alaimo

"Klein: It ain't over on public financing", Captiol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"No news for M/Cs in budget", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Cuomo offers 'highlights' of budget deal" Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"New York budget deal reached", Poughkeepsie Journal/Gannett, Jon Campbell, Joseph Spector

"Cuomo: Moreland panel will shut down", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Cuomo: Pass Ethics, No More Moreland", State of Politics, Nick Reisman

March 30, 2014

"New York's unfinished budget", editorial, New York Times

"Brennan Center Disappointed at Decision to Shut Down Moreland Commission"

"State budget plan offers incentive to end Moreland Commission", Poughkeepsie Journal, Jon Campbell

"Budget Vote Monday Could End Cuomo's Moreland Commission", WGRZ-TV, Jon Campbell

"NY State Budget Finalized, Voting on Monday", WAMC, Karen DeWitt

"Cuomo: Passing budget would dissolve Moreland Commission", Legislative Gazette, Matthew Dondiego

"Reformers rip state's new campaign finance program for 'significant flaws'", Daily News, Ken Lovett

March 31, 2014

"Compromise yields minimal reform in on-time budget", Gotham Gazette/Citizens Union, David Howard King

"New York Lawmakers shut down Cuomo's Moreland Commission to investigate Albany corruption", Syracuse Post Standard, Michelle Breidenbach

"DeFran: Public Financing Changes Being Discussed", State of Politics, Nick Reisman

"Comptroller Says Campaign Finance Plan Has Serious Flaws", WXII, Karen DeWitt

"State budget will be passed on time even if it's late", Newsday, Mike Gormley

"Soros' son pushed Cuomo, legislature into campaign funding", NY Post, Fred Dicker

"Moreland Commission to go down in a blaze of referrals", Capital, Jimmy Vielkind

"Budget vote could end Moreland Commission", Democrat & Chronicle/Gannett, Jon Campbell

"Capital Corruption Panel's Demise Angers Watchdogs", Jesse McKinley, Thomas Kaplan, NYT 

"Cuomo's swing and mess", Albany Times Union, editorial

April 1, 2014

"Proposals to kill the Moreland commission, enact weak campaign finance reforms are insufficient", Buffalo News, editorial

April 2, 2014

"Shame on Gov. Cuomo For Killing the Moreland Commission", The Jewish Voice, editorial

April 3, 2014

"State budget passes on time", Rockland County Times, Kathy Kahn

"Budget again falls short", The Daily Gazette, editorial

"Reform is almost a reality", Albany Times Union, guest commentary, Albany D.A. Soares

"This week on 'NYN': DiNapoli wonders why no one picked up the phone", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

April 6, 2014

"Better planning tools could improve state's budgeting process", Illinois State-Gazette

April 8, 2014

"Ethics, campaign finance oversight just got weaker in Albany, says observers", Newsday, Mike Gormley

"DiNapoli: I won't be 'sacrificial lamb' on campaign finance reform", North Country Radio, Karen DeWitt

"Sen Smith's fraud and bribery trial set for June", New York Post, Rich Calder

April 9, 2014

"New York corruption commission quietly closing down", Newsday/AP

"Our view: Corrupt state lawmakers get a reprieve", auburnpub.com, Citizen Editorial Board

"U.S. Attorney Criticizes Cuomo's Closing of Panel", William Rashbaum, Suzanne Craig, New York Times

April 10, 2014

"Killing Fee: The Price of Silencing Morland", Gotham Gazette/Citizens Union, David King

"'Rome Wasn't Built in a Day' Preet Bharara Continues Cuomo Criticism on Anti-Corruption Commission", New York Observer, Ross Barkan

"Exclusive: Timothy Cardinal Dolan is outraged that Albany did not approve promised tax credits", Daily News, Glenn Blain 

"Senate Republicans offer most budget pork", Capital New York, Will Brunelle, Jimmy Vielkind

"Corruption commission winds down in NY", News Channel 13/WNYT.com

"Bharara won't rule out investigating Cuomo over Moreland Commission", Gannett, Joseph Spector

"U.S. Attorney won't rule out investigating Cuomo", Gannett, Joseph Spector

"Cuomo says Moreland came to a natural end", Capitol Confidential, James Odato

"Bharara on the premature end of Cuomo's ethics commission", Capital New York, Laura Nahmias

"Cuomo responds to Moreland rebuke", Capital New York, Laura Nahmias

"Federal prosecutor vows to complete all Moreland Commission probes", Buffalo News, Tom Precious

"United States Attorney's Office Looking Into the Closing of Gov Cuomo's Anti-Corruption Panel", New York Magzine, Caroline Bankoff

"U.S. Attorney Seizes Documents from Moreland Commission", City & State, Morgan Pehme

"Federal prosecutor won't rule out prosecuting Cuomo", Crains New York Business, Chris Bragg

"Grand Slam governor rounds the bases", Democrat & Chronicle/Gannett, editorial

"Federal prosecutors take over last of New York's anti-corruption cases as state commission closes", AP/syracuse.com

"Cuomo Caught Up in Rare Conflict with Prosecutors", New York Times, Thomas Kaplan, William Rashbaum

"Feds Won't Rule Out Cuomo-Moreland Probe" Brian Lehrer show, WNYC

"U.S. Attorney takes control of Cuomo commission probes", Times Union, James Odato

"More Moreland: 'Former Co-chairs 'pleased' with Bharara's moves", Capitol Confidential, James Odato

"Mr. Cuomo's gift to the cynics", New York Times, editorial

"Sitting Preet-y", New York Post, editorial

"Gov. Cuomo's anti-corruption commission agrees to turn over files to U.S. Attorney", New York Daily News, Ken Lovett

"NY Corruption Commission Passes Baton to Bharara", Wall Street Journal, Jacob Gershman

April 11, 2014

"Go, Preet, Go", Daily News, editorial

"Gov. Cuomo trims down pork-barrel spending from state budget, issuing 483 vetoes", Daily News, Glenn Blain, Ken Lovett

"Prosecutors -- and karma -- sting Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo", Politico, Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman

"4th C.D.:Rivals slam Rice on state probe; DA decries 'mud' slilng", Newsday, Robert Brodsky

"Not my choice", Capital New York, Laura Nahmias

"GOP chairman: what did the president, er, governor know and when did he know it?", Buffalo News, Tom Precious

"Morning Risk Report: Death of NY Anti-Graft Body Fits Statewide Trend", Wall Street Journal, Samuel Rubenfeld

April 12, 2014

"Albany's spring cleaning: fix legal loopholes", Journal News/Gannett, editorial

"Preet Bahrara now takes on Governor Andrew Cuomo", India news reporting

"Casey Seiler: The boy who cried Moreland", Albany Times Union

"Members of Cuomo's anti-corruption commission detail frustrating environment curbed by administration", Daily News, Ken Lovett

April 13, 2014

"The men behind the masks", Daily News, Mark Green

"Subpoena suit ending with NY corruption commission", Wall Street Journal/AP

April 14, 2014

"Cuomo get a critic his own size", Capital New York, Blake Zeff

"Cuomo, amid Moreland struggles, realizes he might lose", New York Post, Fred Dicker

"Cuomo's handling of ethics commission points to his control freak style: insiders", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"When Preet met the Moreland panel", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Fitzpatrick defends Moreland's demise in op-ed", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"My Moreland Mission", Huffington Post, William Fitzpatrick

April 15, 2014

"Co-chairs Picks to Write Moreland Report were Nixed by Second-Floor Insiders: Updated", City & State, Morgan Pehme, Jon Lentz, Matthew Hamilton

April 17, 2014

"With Panel Gone, A Move to Monitor New York Lawmakers' Income Is Thwarted", New York Times, Thomas Kaplan

April 18, 2014

"Steve Israel: Cuomo held accountable, let's hope others are, too", Times Herald-Record

"At NYU, Astorino complains about Cuomo's playbook, reads from his own", Capital New York, Conor Skelding

"Post-Budget 'Big Ugly'?", Gotham Gazette, David Howard King

April 22, 2014

"Corruption commission dissolves without public notice", Epoch Times, Petr Svab

"Voters Disapprove of Cuomo's Shutdown of Anticorruption Panel, Poll Shows", New York Times, Thomas Kaplan, Suzanne Craig

April 23, 2014

"Bill Samuels calls on US Attorney to probe Gov. Cuomo's fundraising", Daily News, Ken Lovett

April 24, 2014 

"AG 'surprised' Gov. Cuomo shut down anti-corruption commission so fast", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Cuomo on Moreland tampering: It's my commission", Crain's Business, Chris Bragg

April 25, 2014

"Gov. Cuomo: I didn't interfere with anti-corruption panel...but if I did, it's my prerogative", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Gov. Cuomo stands by his decision to shut down anti-corruption commission", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Was Moreland extortive?  Depends on when you ask...", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Andrew Cuomo's tantrum", New York Times, Eleanor Randolph

"Andrew's commission", New York Post, editorial

April 26, 2014

"Libertarians unite around Suffolk County real estate broker", Capitol Confidential, James Odato

April 27, 2014

"GOP superpac to launch anti-Schneiderman campaign", New York Post, Carl Campanile

April 28, 2014

"Moreland advisors criticizes Cuomo", Newsday, Mike Gormley

"Cuomo's curious reform logic", Daily News, William Hammond

April 29, 2014

"1st accusations of the season fly in the Governor's race", Gannett, Joseph Spector

April 30, 2014

"Feds widen crackdown on New York political corruption", New York Post, Carl Campanile, Pat Bailey

"Preet Bharara asks for all complaints filed with NYS ethics commission", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Reports: U.S. Attorney goes after state's troubled ethics watchdog", Gannett, Joseph Spector

"U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Records of Ethics Panel", New York Times, Suzanne Craig, William Rashbaum

"GOP on JCOPE subpoena", Capitol Confidential, Rick Karlin

"Federal Prosecutor Subpoenas New York Ethics Enforcement Agency", Wall Street Journal

"US Attorney Subpoenas Documents from State Ethics Panel", WAMC Radio, Karen DeWitt

May 2, 2014

"Ex commission members says there are cases of potential government corruption that need review", Daily News, Ken Lovett

May 6, 2014

"Cuomo: campaign finance 'last meaningful reform left undone'", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Schneiderman mum on Moreland-investigation questions", Capital New York, Jimmy Vielkind

"Schneiderman distances himself from Moreland commission", Gannett, Jon Campbell

"U.S. Said to Seek Records from Anticorruption Panel's Members", NY Times, William Rashbaum, Suzanne Craig

"Schneiderman can't talk about Moreland subpoena", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"NY Senate & Assembly leaders express little concern about U.S. Attorney's Moreland Commission probe", Daily News, Glenn Blain

"NYT: Preet Bharara just starting with Moreland Commission", Gannett, Joseph Spector

May 7, 2014

"Feds still needed to bring ethics to state government", Schnectady Gazette, editorial

May 8, 2014

"Queens residents fed up with constant corrupt lawmakers", Daily News, Reuven Fenton, Pat Bailey

May 9, 2014

"Cuomo huddles with W.F.P, reformers on campaign finance", Capital New York, Jimmy Vielkind

"US Attorney Bharara Serves Subpoenas To NYS Ethics Committee for Corruption Claims", Jewish Voice, Ira Katz

"A first in nation, DeFrancisco to support new commission on prosecutorial misconduct", Syracuse.com, Ken Sturtz  S6286

May 11, 2014

"Inside Moreland: Documents Reveal Details of Lawmakers' Campaign Spending", City & State, Jon Lentz, Matthew Hamilton, Morgan Pehme

"Cuomo works to mend fences with liberals", New York Times, Thomas Kaplan, Suzanne Craig

May 12, 2014

"Ethics complaint filed against John Cahill a day after he announces run for attorney general", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"An unfinished clean-up", Times Union, editorial

"DA Fitzpatrick: NY Legislature's prosecutor conduct proposal retaliation for Moreland Commission", Teri Weaver, Syracuse.com

"Moreland referrals spur call for itemized expenses", Capital New York, Jimmy Vielkind  *

"Smith kept pols 'on the payroll' before ballot bribes: feds", NY Post, Pat Baily, Bruce Golding

May 13, 2014

"A Common Sense Budget", City & State/John DiFrancisco

"Just say no, Gov", Daily News, editorial

May 14, 2014

"Rob Astorino: Gov. Cuomo a dirty down-in-the-mud politician", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Pataki On Comptroller Only Public Financing: 'Let's try it out", Nick Reisman

May 15, 2014

"The new New York republicans", New York Post, editorial

"Democrats mock Rob Astorino as cry baby in seat controversy", Daily News, Glenn Blain & Ken Lovett

"Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos says 'discussions' taking place on campaign financing", Daily News, Ken Lovett

May 16, 2014

"Little Time Left for Campaign Reforms", New York Times, editorial board

"Malcolm Smith has a surprise witness he says will clear his name", New York Post, Rich Calder, Carl Campanile 

May 18, 2014

"Tale of two no-show defenses", Albany Times Union, James Odato

May 19, 2014

"Ex-comptroller John Liu will run for state senate against Dem incumbent Tony Avela: source", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Insiders blast former Morland co-chair as 'hypocrite'", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Bruno wants state to reimburse legal expenses", New York Post, Fred Dicker

 

May 20, 2014

"G.O.P. Sees Chance as Schneiderman Seeks 2nd Term as AG", New York Times, Thomas Kaplan, Jesse McKinley

May 21, 2014

"Stand tall, Gov", Daily News, editorial

"Lawbreakers write state laws", editorial, Poststar.com

"Former Bronx Assemblyman Sentenced for Corruption", New York Times, Benjamin Weiser

May 22, 2014

"Cuomo Picks Ex-Congresswoman as Running Mate", New York Times, Thomas Kaplan

"Cuomo's boss rule", Daily News, editorial

"Poll shows legislators still distrust state government", Legislative Gazette, Matthew Dondiego

"Cuomo, Astorino can fight corruption", Newsday, editorial

May 27, 2014

"Cuomo defends Moreland Commission's hiring of criminal defense attorney", Wall Street Journal, Erica Orden

"Feds tell NY Legislature to retain records in probe: gov's office says it will cooperate" , Newsday, Mike Gormley

"Senate, Assembly told to preserve Moreland records", Newsday, Mike Gormley

"NY Assembly and Senate receive Moreland Commission related records preservation request from the US Attorney", Daily News, Ken Lovett

May 28, 2014

"Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara Keeps the Heat on Albany", Wall Street Journal, Jacob Gershman

"Astorino challenges Cuomo on Moreland Commission", Legislative Gazette, Kelly Fay

 

June 12, 2014

"Soares holds secret meeting of disbanded anti-corruption panel", Albany Times Union, Robert Gavin

June 18, 2014

"Blame Game After Push to Revamp Campaign Financing Fails", Wall Street Journal, Erica Orden

June 23, 2014

"Cuomo Has Raised Millions Through Loophole He Pledged to Close", Moyers & Company/Pro Publica, Theodoric Meyer

 

June 27, 2014

"Lawmaker in Manhattan Pleads Guilty to 2 Felonies", New York Times, Benjamin Weiser, Thomas Kaplan

June 30, 2014

"Three months after Gov. Cuomo pulled plug on Moreland Commission, executive director still being paid", Daily News, Ken Lovett

July 1, 2014

"NY state senator accused of lying to the FBI is indicted", AP/Crain's Business

July 2, 2014

"Corruption with a capitol C", Daily News, William Hammond 

July 18, 2014

"U.S. Issues Subpoena in Inquiry on Cuomo's Closing of Moreland Commission", New York Times, William Rashbaum, Suzanne Craig

"Teachout on Moreland news: Cuomo's Albany is structurally corrupt", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Former Corruption Prosecutor is Tapped as Bharara's Chief Counsel", Wall Street Journal, Jacob Gershman

"Fallout from Moreland Commission Continues", Gannett, Joseph Specter 

July 20, 2014

"Minor Parties Tailor-Made for New York State", Buffalo News, Denise Jewell Gee

"Crackdown on corruption", Times Union, editorial

July 21, 2014

"State lawmakers spent $300,000 in last six months in legal fees over scandals", Daily News, Ken Lovett

"Is Cuomo's lead insurmountable?", Crains Business Week

July 21, 2014

"A state assembly candidate's 'ragged' efforts for 'hope and change'", NY  Post, Michael Benjamin

"Two-thirds of voters think Albany lawmakers are corrupt: poll", Daily News, Celeste Katz

"The shifting state Senate landscape", City & State

"Voters Are Not Surprised When Albany Pols Get Indicted: Siena Poll Says", NY Observer

July 23, 2014

"Cuomo's Office Hobbled State Ethics Inquiries", New York Times, Suzanne Craig, William Rashbaum, Thomas Kaplan

"Wising up to Cuomo's political 'con' game", New York Post, Michael Goodwin

"Top Brooklyn Democrat Backs Indicted Senator's Reelection Bid", City & State, Jon Lentz

July 24, 2014

"US Attorney Preet Bharara: My Office Will Investigate Public Corruption", CBS NY

July 30, 2014

"Preet Bharara, Eric Schneiderman meet for lunch amid Cuomo's scandal", New York Post, Carl Campanile

July 31, 2014

"Wife of chief Cuomo anti-corruption defender up for judgeship", New York Post, Geoff Earle, Carl Campanile

August 2, 2014

"Cuomo to pay Moreland lawyer out of his campaign war chest", New York Post, Carl Campanile

August 11, 2014

"Search warrant targets Frances Libous, wife of GOP senator", Capital NY, Jimmy Vielkind

August 15, 2014

"Bharara: When will the public say enough is enough?", Gannett, Joseph Spector

"Ed Cox: nine senate districts in play", State of Politics, Nick Reisman

"Campaign Finance Board retains attorney in probe", Crains NY, Chris Bragg

"The Andrew Cuomo scandal explained", Vox, Andrew Prokop

August 16, 2014

"Cuomo's commissions scored wins and criticism", Gannett, Joseph Spector, Jon Campbell

"No easy answers in prosecutor's probe into allegations that Cuomo meddled with corruption commission", Associated Press, Michael Virtanen

August 18, 2014

"Why Cleaning Up Albany Keeps Being Left to Bharara", Gotham Gazette, David Howard King

"The real Moreland takeaway", Daily News, Gerald Benjamin, Fritz Schwartz

August 20, 2014

"Most voters see Gov. Cuomo as part of New York's corruption problem, not solution: Quinnipiac Poll", Daily News, Celeste Katz

August 25, 2014

"Lost in the Controversy -- Moreland's critical recommendations", Legislative Gazette, James Gormley
        letter

 

August 26,2014

"Moreland Commission haunts Klein-Koppell Debate", Riverdale Press, Shant Sharigian

 

August 17, 2014

"Eric Schneiderman defends work on public corruption cases", Newsday, Michael Gormley

 

 

August 19, 2014

"The Outsider: Zephyr Teachout Will Never Be Governor, So Why is Andrew Cuomo Worried?" Village Voice, Anna Merlan

August 29, 2014

"Greater Utica Chamber calls for 'complete investigation' of Moreland Commission", Business Journal News Network

September 2, 2014

"Attorney fees top $100K for Sen. Tom Libous Campaign", Gannett, Jon Campbell

September 3, 2014

"Teachout Would Revive Moreland, Limit Big Donor Money ", North Country Gazette, Teachout 

September 8, 2014

"How I 'Endorsed" Andrew Cuomo", The New Yorker, John Cassidy

"Queens Race is Shaping Up as a Nail Biter", Wall Street Journal, Mike Vilensky

September 11, 2014

"Prosecutor Preet Bharara prepares for the spotlight", Crain's Business (Andrew Hawkins)"

September 12, 2014

"Rob Astorino calls on Preet Bharara to detail Moreland Commission probe findings before Election Day", Daily News, Ken Lovett

October 1, 2014

"With a Smirk, Bharara Diagnoses New York's Corruption Problem", Ben Max, Citizen Union

October 2, 2014

"Preet wants paystubs", NY Post editorial

"New York needs Preet Bharara to stay on as US Attorney and keep fighting corruption", NY Post, Michael Benjamin

December 17, 2014

"NY, trial lawyers' playground", Daily News (Bill Hammond)

December 22, 2014

"The year's biggest winners and losers in state politics", NY Post, Fred Dicker

December 29, 2014

"Legislators eye boycott of Cuomo inauguration and State address", NY Post, Fred Dicker

"Assembly Speaker Silver was scrutinized by Moreland Commission", Wall Street Journal

"Assembly Speaker Silver was scrutinized by Moreland Commission", Wall Street Journal

 

2015

 

*   *   *

MENU of NYS Budget Reform Webpages

 

 

 

 

 

THE EVIDENCE
substantiating the Open Letter

A four-year evidentiary trail of Senator Latimer's knowing & deliberate betrayal of the duties of his office & complicity in systemic gov't corruption & grand larceny of the public fisc -- necessitating CJA's TWO citizen-taxpayer actions, whose verified pleadings detail the corruption that Senator Latimer perpetuated:

 

  CJA's FIRST citizen-taxpayer action
CJA v. Cuomo,...Senate, et al.  (Albany Co. #1788-2014)

March 28, 2014 verified complaint
(fiscal year 2014-2015) 

March 31, 2015 verified supplemental complaint
(fiscal year 2015-2016)

March 23, 2016 verified second supplemental complaint
(fiscal year 2016-2017)


CJA's SECOND citizen-taxpayer action

CJA v. Cuomo,...Senate, et al.  (Albany Co. #5122-2016)

September 2, 2016 verified complaint
(fiscal year 2016-2017)

March 29, 2017 verified supplemental complaint
(fiscal year 2017-2018)

*    *    *

where it begins --

March 8, 2013 in-person meeting
with Senator Latimer at his district office
& viewing together:
 

** CJA's TESTIMONY #1 **
at Legislature's February 6, 2013 budget hearing
on "public protection"

Assembly VIDEO   Senate VIDEO
(last speaker: at 7 hours-21 minutes)


click here for:
CJA's February 6, 2013 budget testimony webpage
with substantiating documentary EVIDENCE:
CJA's Oct 27, 2011 Opposition Report &
March 30, 2012 verified complaint in declaratory judgment action

*    *    * 

legislative rules reforms materials brought to March 8, 2013 meeting
with Senator Latimer

*    *    * 

 


illustrative
subsequent correspondence
[additionally see webpage: "Securing Legislative Oversight & Override..."]

(1)
CJA's February 15, 2013 handwritten note to Assemblyman Buchwald

(2)
CJA's March 8, 2013 e-mail --
"Immediate Attention Required --
Judiciary Budget & its Judicial Salary Increase Request"

(3)
CJA's March 11, 2013 e-mail --
"Superseding Letter to Senate Budget Subcommittee on 'Public Protection'...Verifying the Dispositive Nature of the Opposition to the Judiciary Budget & its Judicial Salary Increase Request" --

transmitted letter

(4)
CJA's March 12, 2013 e-mail --
"Judiciary Budget -- A Slush Fund as the Dollar Figures Would Show"
--attaching:
CJA's March 11, 2013 memo to Subcommittee on "Public Protection"
"Rectifying your Absence at the February 6, 2013 Budget Hearing on 'Public Protection' by Verifying the Dispositive Nature of the Opposition Testimony to the Judiciary Budget & its Judicial Salary Increase Request"

(5)
CJA's March 13, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald --
"What is the cumulative dollar amount of the appropriations bill for the Judiciary -- A3001?  And of the Judiciary's budget request?"

(6)
CJA's March 22, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald --
"Your Power & Duty to Reject the Budget: S2601/A3001 ---Judiciary Appropriations Bill"
& referred-to March 19, 2013 letter to Governor Cuomo-- "Assisting the Legislature in Discharging its Constitutional Duty: the People's Right to Know the Dollar Cost of the Judiciary Budget & of the Appropriations Bill for the Judiciary & to be Protected from 'Grand Larceny of the Public Fisc' by Unidentified, Unitemized Judicial Pay Raises, whose Fraudulence, Statutory-Violations, and Unconstitutionality are Proven by Documentary Evidence in Your Possession & the Legislature's"

(4)
CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald (6:38 am) --
"Info to Assist You in Your Presentations Today on the Assembly...Floor"

CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald (8:59 am) --
"Part 2: Info to Assist You in Your History-Making Presentations on the...Assembly Floor.  But Will They be Today or Tomorrow?"

CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald (10:19 am) --
"Part 3: Info to Assist You in Your History Making Presentations on the...Assembly Floor. But Will They Be Today or Tomorrow?"

CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald, responding to his
--"Thank you..."

CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald (6:22 pm) --
"Part 4: Info to Assist You on Your History-Making Presentations on the...Assembly Floor"

(5)
cc to Buchwald: CJA's March 26, 2013 e-mail --
"Request that CJA's Opposition Report & verified complaint be brought to the Senate floor for inspection by the Senators"

(7)

CJA's March 28, 2013 e-mail -- "In further support of SUCCESSFUL procedural, due-process objections on the Assembly floor -- Opposition to A.3001, etc."

(8)
CJA's April 26, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald --
"Analysis & Hearing Request: A.246-establishing special commission on managerial & confidential state employees" --link to video of February 6, 2013 testimony

(6)

click here for: 
CJA's May 7, 2013 & May 22, 2013 letters to ALL Senators & Assembly Members --
"Doing Your Part to End Public Corruption" -- Parts I & II
furnishing:
CJA’s April 15, 2013 corruption complaint to U.S. Attorney Bharara
       [click here for: CJA's webpage for April 15, 2013 corruption complaint]

(7)
cc to Buchwald:
   CJA's May 29, 2013 letter to Assemblyman Michael Kearns --
"RE:
Making Good on Your Pledge to Your Constituents “To Do The Right Thing” and “Stand Up To Albany Politicians”:
 


(7)


--referred to/linked webpage of
CJA's July 9, 2013 letter to ALL Senators...

and CJA's June 4, 2013 letter to the Senate Committee on Investigations & Governmental Operations...

(8)
CJA's July 22, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald --
"Securing Government Integrity -- Starting with the 'Public Trust Act'"

         with link to: 
CJA's July 19, 2013 corruption complaint
to Albany County D.A. Soares

(9)  
CJA's August 13, 2013 letter to Assemblyman Buchwald --
"RE:  Constituent Request
that You Introduce the Public Trust Act (Governor’s Program Bill #3), Consistent with the Senate and Assembly Informational Guides:
How a Bill Becomes a Law” and “The Legislative Process and YOU


-- & related August 21, 2013 letter to Gov. Cuomo,
to which Assemblyman Buchwald was an indicated recipient
 --
"Achieving BOTH a Properly Functioning Legislature & Your Public Trust Act
(Program Bill #3) -- the Sine Qua Non for 'Government Working' & 'Working for the People"

(10)
CJA's August 16, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald
"Championing Good Government by the Public Trust Act (Governor's Program Bill #3)..." 

(11)
CJA's August 20, 2013 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald -- "latest draft of letter to Governor -- plus new webpage!"

(10)
CJA's December 19, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"Subject: Request for a Meeting: The Judiciary's proposed budget
for fiscal year 2014-2015"

-- webpage for attached CJA's December 11, 2013 letter to Gov. Cuomo & Legislature
 --
"SAFEGUARDING THE PUBLIC PURSE FROM JUDICIAL FRAUD & LARENCY: Your Constitutional & Statutory Duty to Reject the Entirety of the Judiciary's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, Over & Beyond its Concealed, Unitemized Third Phase of the Judicial Salary Increase that Wil Otherwise Take Efffect, Automatically, on April 1, 2014" 

(11)
CJA's February 5, 2014 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald --

"Subject: Drafted Questions for Chief Administrative Judge Prudenti at Today's Feb 5, 2014 Budget Hearing on 'Public Protection'"

(12)
CJA's February 6, 2014 e-mail to Assemblyman Buchwald --
"Subject: Request for Meeting with... Assemblyman Buchwald NEXT WEEK & for Info on the Legislative 'Reappropriations' in Budget Bill #S.6351/A.8551"
-- referred-to, linked webpage for January 29, 2014 letter so Senate Finance Committee..

(13)
CJA's March 5, 2014 letter to...Assemblyman Buchwald
"RE:  Your Constitutional Duty:
(1) to address the fraud and unconstitutionality in the proposed Judiciary and Legislative budgets...
transmitting
CJA's March 4, 2014 letter  


(14) 
 cc: CJA's March 25, 2016 e-mail --
"Subject: Restoring constitutionality and lawfulness to NY's budgeting process --
& overriding the 'force of law' judicial pay raises"

(15)
CJA's March 31, 2016 e-mail to Assemblyman David Buchwald 
"Subject: FOR ASSSEMBLYMAN BUCHWALD:
Have you read what the NYS Constitution has to say about the NYS budget?"

NYS Constitution, Article VII, §§1-7

referred-to, linked webpage for

CJA's March 23, 2016 Verified 2nd Supplemental Complaint


(15)  
CJA's May 26, 2016 e-mail to Senator Buchwald --
"Subject: Elections 2016: What is Assemblyman Buchwald's expert opinion of CJA's March 23, 2016 second supplemental complaint challenging the NYS budget & the Commission on Legislative, Judicial & Executive Compensation, etc?"

(16)
 
cc to Buchwald: CJA's January 26, 2017 e-mail
"Subject: Oversight by Assembly Committee on Local Governments, beginning with the striking
of the $4,212,000 D.A. salary grants in Aid to Localities Budget Bill A.3003 (at p. 61)"

(17)

cc to Buchwald: 
    CJA's February 6, 2017 letter...Legislative Leadership
--
   "RE: (1)  Where are your appointments to the Commission on Government Administration
and to the Commission on State-Local relations, required by Legislative Law Article 5-A?
           (2) When will you be responding to my requests for a meeting for purposes of preventing a repeat of the constitutional, statutory and legislative rule violations chronicled by the September 2, 2016 verified complaint in CJA's citizen-taxpayer action?  
transmitting e-mail


CJA's February 8, 2017 e-mail to lawyer-Assemblyman Buchwald --
"Subject: Letter to Leadership: (1) Legislative Law Article 5-A Commissions on Gov't Administration & State-Local Relations; (2) requested meetings to prevent repeat of constitutional, statutory, & Legislative rule violations:  re: fiscal year 2017-18 budget"

 

 



(1)

CJA's March 12, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"Judiciary Budget -- A Slush Fund as the Dollars Would Show"
--attaching:
CJA's March 11, 2013 memo to Subcommittee on "Public Protection"
"Rectifying your Absence at the February 6, 2013 Budget Hearing on 'Public Protection' by Verifying the Dispositive Nature of the Opposition Testimony to the Judiciary Budget & its Judicial Salary Increase Request"

(2

CJA's March 18, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"What is the Dollar Cost of the Judiciary Budget & of the Judiciary Appropriations Bill?"

(3)

CJA's March 22, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"Your Power & Duty to Reject the Budget: S2601/A3001 ---Judiciary Appropriations Bill"
& referred-to March 19, 2013 letter to Governor Cuomo-- "Assisting the Legislature in Discharging its Constitutional Duty: the People's Right to Know the Dollar Cost of the Judiciary Budget & of the Appropriations Bill for the Judiciary & to be Protected from 'Grand Larceny of the Public Fisc' by Unidentified, Unitemized Judicial Pay Raises, whose Fraudulence, Statutory-Violations, and Unconstitutionality are Proven by Documentary Evidence in Your Possession & the Legislature's"

(4)

CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer (6:38 am) --
"Info to Assist You in Your Presentations Today on the Senate...Floor"

CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer (8:59 am) --
"Part 2: Info to Assist You in Your History-Making Presentations on the Senate...Floor.  But Will They be Today or Tomorrow?"

CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer (10:19 am) --
"Part 3: Info to Assist You in Your History Making Presentations on the Senate...Floor. But Will They Be Today or Tomorrow?"

CJA's March 23, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer (6:22 pm) --
"Part 4: Info to Assist You on Your History-Making Presentations on the Senate...Floor"

(5)

(6)

CJA's July 10, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"What Steps will Senator Latimer take to secure oversight, analysis & investigation
of Chapter 567 of the Laws of 2010?"
 

--referred to/linked webpage of
CJA's July 9, 2013 letter to ALL Senators...

and CJA's June 4, 2013 letter to the Senate Committee on Investigations & Governmental Operations...

(7)

CJA's July 24, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"Subject: Securing Government Integrity --
Beginning with the 'Public Trust Act'"
      
 
with link to: 
CJA's July 19, 2013 corruption complaint
to Albany County D.A. Soares
&
CJA’s previously-furnished April 15, 2013 corruption complaint to U.S. Attorney Bharara
       [click here for: CJA's webpage for April 15, 2013 corruption complaint]

(8)  

CJA's August 13, 2013 letter to Assemblyman Buchwald --
"RE:  Constituent Request
that You Introduce the Public Trust Act (Governor’s Program Bill #3), Consistent with the Senate and Assembly Informational Guides:
How a Bill Becomes a Law” and “The Legislative Process and YOU


-- & related August 21, 2013 letter to Gov. Cuomo,
to which Assemblyman Buchwald was an indicated recipient
 --
"Achieving BOTH a Properly Functioning Legislature & Your Public Trust Act
(Program Bill #3) -- the Sine Qua Non for 'Government Working' & 'Working for the People"

 (9)  

CJA's December 19, 2013 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"Subject: Request for a Meeting: The Judiciary's proposed budget
for fiscal year 2014-2015"

-- webpage for attached CJA's December 11, 2013 letter to Gov. Cuomo & Legislature
 --
"SAFEGUARDING THE PUBLIC PURSE FROM JUDICIAL FRAUD & LARENCY: Your Constitutional & Statutory Duty to Reject the Entirety of the Judiciary's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, Over & Beyond its Concealed, Unitemized Third Phase of the Judicial Salary Increase that Wil Otherwise Take Efffect, Automatically, on April 1, 2014" 

(10)

CJA's February 5, 2014 e-mail to Senator Latimer --

"Subject: Drafted Questions for Chief Administrative Judge Prudenti at Today's Feb 5, 2014 Budget Hearing on 'Public Protection'"

(11)

CJA's February 6, 2014 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"Subject: Request for Meeting with Senator Latimer... NEXT WEEK & for Info on the Legislative 'Reappropriations' in Budget Bill #S.6351/A.8551"
-- referred-to, linked webpage for January 29, 2014 letter so Senate Finance Committee..


(12)   

CJA's March 31, 2016 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"Subject: FOR SENATOR LATIMER: Have you read what the NYS Constitution has to say about the NYS budget?"

NYS Constitution, Article VII, §§1-7

referred-to, linked webpage for

CJA's March 23, 2016 Verified 2nd Supplemental Complaint

(13)  

CJA's May 26, 2016 e-mail to Senator Latimer --
"Subject: Elections 2016: What is Senator Latimer's expert opinion of CJA's March 23, 2016 second supplemental complaint challenging the NYS budget & the Commission on Legislative, Judicial & Executive Compensation, etc?"

 

*  *   *

 


** CJA's testimony #2 **
at the Legislature's January 30, 2017 budget hearing
on "Local Government Officials/General Government"

(last speaker: at 8 hours-47 mins.)  
SENATE VIDEO     ASSEMBLY VIDEO 
transcript:  pp. 518-535


CJA's webpage of Jan. 30, 2017 budget hearing

 


 

 

Palmesano

O'Mara

 

 

DeFrancisco  -- Kolb

February 7, 2018:
"Times Square billboard attacking Hillary Clinton donors attacking 'Fake News' media lasts one day"
Daily News (Stephen Rex Brown)

February 7, 2018:
"Sexual harassment in Albany: 6 years, a thousand complaints and more than $6.4M"
Politico (Jimmy Vielkind, Marie French)

 

91st Assembly District
STEVEN OTIS, ESQ.
member: Assembly Committee on Local Governments;
Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions
member -- Assembly Speaker Heastie's "Workgroup on Legislative Process, Operations, & Public Participation"

Notice of Public Budget Forum


93rd Assembly District
DAVID BUCHWALD, ESQ.
Member: Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations;
Assembly Judiciary Committee;
Assembly Committee on Local Governments
Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions

David Buchwald's announcement --
Westchester Assembly Delegation to Hold Public Forum
on Governor’s Proposed Executive Budget

92nd Assembly District 
THOMAS ABINANTI, ESQ.
Chair/Commission on Governmental Administration;
Member: Assembly Judiciary Committee,
Assembly Committee on
Corporations, Authorities & Commissions;
Assembly Codes Committee

Assemblyman Abinanti's announcement --
Westchester Assembly Members to Hold Budget Forum in Greenburgh

--

Next Week: Assemblywoman Galef Invites the Public to Attend Town Meetings throughout 95th State Assembly District

Byrne Urges Accountability, Fiscal Responsibility Following Governor’s Budget Presentation

 

budget forum -- Feb 2

-------------------------
THE LEGISLATURE's BUDGET --
December 1, 2017

THE HUNT IS ON!

Where are the Legislature's
"itemized estimates" of its "financial needs",
"certified by the presiding officer of each house?"


CJA's December 4, 2017 FOIL/records request to Senate & Assembly --
"RE:  The Legislature's Certified Itemized Estimates of its Financial Needs for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, as Required by Article VII, §1 of the New York State Constitution"

Assembly's December 11, 2017 response with ENCLOSED BUDGET

Senate's December 11, 2017 response

*  *  *

THE JUDICIARY'S BUDGET --
December 1, 2017

The Judiciary's two-part budget: 
Operating Budget   &  General State Charges

 

December 4, 2017, New York Law Journal
"
NY Judiciary Seeks $44.4M Budget Increase but Stays Within 2% Cap"

*  *  *

EXECUTIVE BUDGET --
January 16, 2018

VIDEO -- Governor Cuomo's budget address --
at 25 mins/45 secs: 

The Judiciary is asking for a 2-1/2 % increase.  They would be the only entity above 2%. The Senate, the Assembly, the Executive, all came in at 2%.  The Attorney General came in at 2%, Comptroller DiNapoli wins the prize on the budget limbo contest: 1.5%.  Congratulations to the Comptroller. So the Judiciary comes in at 2.5.  My position is the backlog of cases is tremendous, especially in downstate New York.  We have a chronic problem of people in Rikers Island who have been there for years, haven’t had a day in court.  The Judiciary wants a budget increase.  The People of the state have a right to know that the courts are open and functioning from 9 to 5.  You have many courthouses where, literally, 1 o’clock the place shuts down.  So, I would support the increase at 2.5, but the judges have to certify that the courtrooms are actually operating from 9 to 5."

“...The Judiciary is asking for a 2-1/2 % increase.  They would be the only entity above 2%. The Senate, the Assembly, the Executive, all came in at 2%.  The Attorney General came in at 2%, Comptroller DiNapoli wins the prize on the budget limbo contest: 1.5%.  Congratulations to the Comptroller...."

-------------

Alcantara   Robert Jackson

 

Legislature's webpage on Division of Budget website

Judiciary's webpage on Division of Budget website


GOVERNOR CUOMO'S EXECUTIVE BUDGET BILLS

Legislative/Judiciary Budget Bill #S.7501/A.9501

Aid to Localities BIll #S.7503/A.9503


*  *  *

CJA's January 16, 2018 FOIL request to the Governor --
"Subject:  The Governor's 'recommendations' pertaining to the Legislative & Judiciary budgets
for fiscal year 2018-2019"

CJA's January 22, 2018 FOIL request to Legislature/Governor/Comptroller/Division of the Budget --
"Subject: The Legislature's budget for fiscal year 2018-2019, its 'General State Charges', and its reappopriations popped into the back of the Governor's Legislative/Judiciary Budget Bill #S.7501/A.9501"

*  *  *

Hearing Schedule

Senate Majority White Book  -- January 22, 2018

Senate Minority Blue Book

Assembly Yellow Book --

 

Niagara County

Rensselear County

Suffolk County 

            Dec 2017 Gov Cuomo addressing Oyster Bay -- LI   Saladino

 

118th Assembly District -- St Lawrence Co.

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/1/22/would-be-candidates-await-harris’-next-move

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/29/dean-baquet-clashes-with-james-okeefe-of-project-v/

“[A] plaintiff's cause of action is valuable property within the generally accepted sense
of that word, and, as such, it is entitled to the protections of the Constitution.”,

Link v. Wabash Railroad Co, 370 U.S. 626, 646 (1962),
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black writing in dissent,
with Chief Justice Earl Warren concurring.   

Auburnpub.com -- Aggregator -- January 6, 2018

EmpireReport/NY.com 

Saul weprin

Truth DIG

Kolb

6 most dysfunctional states, then and now

 

Edelman

 

2018 legislative session preview

"Honestly, its time for a change"  Newsday, January 6, 2018

Putting NY's "full-time" and "part-time" legislators
to work in the six months the Legislature is "out of session"

 

"Reform Groups Launch Restore Public Trust Campaign", Gotham Gazette, January 5, 2018  (Rachel Silberstein)

January 10, 2018:
"DA Fitzpatrick double dips to get six-figure pension while working $182 K D.A. job" Syracuse.com (Douglass Dowty)

 

Grory:  January 10, 2018:  "Hard Arithmetic in New York's Gubernatorial Election"

January 18, 2018: DiNapoli rips prison oversight", Albany Times Union (Rick Karlin)

Cuomo -- agenda of progressive gov't

 

New York City-Transportation Issues

Project Veritas

 

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Correspondence-paper trail -- on which the March 28, 2014 citizen-taxpayer action sits

cja experience

October 18, 2017  "Molinaro forms gubernatorial campaign committee"  Albany Times Union (Matt Hamilton)

 

"Holding Prosecutors Accountable is Hard.  It Could Get Harder"
October 8, 2017 (Alan Feuer)

 

 

"Despite Exposes and Embarssments, Hundreds of Judges Preside in New York Without Law Degrees", ProPublica (Joe Sexton) June 26, 2017

Quarts letter

December 2014 "Cyrus Vance's moneyball approach to crime"
"They Had the Goods on Him", Slate

https://actionnetwork.org/events/we-persist-get-out-the-vote  -- Oct 2, 2017 get out the vote

NYT public editor

LWV seeks to energize voters over constitutional convention, Oct 9, 2017  East End Beacon  (Beth Young)

October 6, 2017: "You Can Help Boost Voter Turnout on Election Day, but you Have to Register Soon", Citizens Union  (Ben Brachfeld)

Brooklyn District Attorney
Eric Gonzalez, Democrat, incumbent (named acting District Attorney in 2016)
Patricia Gatling, Democrat
Vincent Gentile, Democrat
Stephanie Ama-Dwimoh, Democrat
Marc Fliedner, Democrat
Anne Swern, Democrat

Manhattan District Attorney
Cy Vance, Democrat, incumbent

Reform Party

September 16, 2017
"Latimer Picks Up Nod From Reform Party Started by Astorino"
Daily Voice (Sam Barron)

 

CJA's subsequent correspondence with US Attorney Bharara

May 13, 2013 corruption complaint
to U.S. Attorney Lynch (EDNY)


June 13, 2013 corruption complaint
to U.S. Attorney Hartunian (NDNY)

CJA's April 2, 2013 FOIL request to the Governor's Records Access Officer & FOIL Counsel -- RE:  FOIL REQUEST:
         (1) the Legislature’s “General State Charges” for Fiscal Year 2013-2014, with Certifications of Temporary Senate President Skelos & Assembly Speaker Silver;
         (2) Records Pertaining to the Governor’s Signing of S.2601-A/A.3001-A, if Signed by Him;
         (3) Video of the Commission on Judicial Compensation’s July 20, 2011 Public Hearing in Albany;
 
         (4) Video, Audio, or Transcript of Commission on Judicial Compensation’s July 11, 2011 Public Meeting.

       April 9, 2013 acknowledgment from Gov's FOIL counsel/records access officer
   

        May 7, 2013 letter from Gov's FOIL counsel/records access officer 
                   enclosed 46 pages

      CD-video of Commission on Judicial Compensation's 1st meeting

      CD-video of Commission on Judicial Compensation's 1st & only hearing       
[CJA testimony at
at 03:12:58 - 03:24:23]
                           Transcription of CJA testimony
          click here for: 
(1) referred-to CJA handout "NO PAY RAISES FOR NYS JUDGES WHO CORRUPT JUSTICE -- THE MONEY BELONGS TO THE VICTIMS!"  (2) referred-to judicial compensation webpage -- with its posting of CJA's letters to the Commission, most importantly those of May 23, 2011 and June 23, 2011

 

wheeler complaint  August 1, 2017 Seaman blog

"Brill-Crovitz Start-Up Will Take Aim at Fake News
The Street (Ken Doctor)

 

 

constitutional convention

October 11, 2017: "Unions Continue To Fund Anti-Con-Con Push", State of Politics (Nick Reisman)

 

 

 

September 12, 2017 "Polls open"  -- Democrat & Chronicle

Karle ends campaign for Ontario County D.A.  -- Ontario County

September 6, 2017 "Ontario County D.A. candidates spar at debate"

July 29, 2016  "How Long Island judges win races before they start" Newsday (Sandra Peddie)

2011: "Independence Party v. Board of Elections"

March 29, 2004: "Scramble for state supreme court", Daily Freeman (Franco)

August 2016: "No cross-endorsements this year" Artvoice

2nd circuit affirmance -- re: Malcolm Smith

S.1166

Tioga da -- now judge

September 28, 2017  "Make absentee voting easy"  Times Union

"If the Left wants to win elections", September 27, 2017
In These Times (Sam Lewis, Luke Elliott-Negri)

Newsday  dem candidates leading in primaries

September 28, 2017
"Ethics Groups Worry that Reform Efforts in Albany May Be Fizzling",
Wall Street Journal  (Mike Vilesky)

September 29, 2017
"What's next after Skelos and Silver overturned convictions"
New York 1 (Zack Fink)

"How Party Bosses, Not Voters, Pick Candidates in New York"
New York Times, September 19, 2017
(Shane Goldmacher)


2
017-2018

A.0522  -- Rosenthal
Ortiz, Malliotakis

S.1797 -- Squadron
co-Lanza


2
015-2016

A.441
-- Kavanagh,
co- Colton, Lancman, Magnarelli, Hooper
multi- Errigo, Finch, Thiele, Wiesenberg

S.155 -- Squadron,

co-
Lanza, Savino


2
013-2014

A.5290 -- sponsored by Rosenthal;
co-sponsored by Ortiz

S.161 -- sponsored by Squadron

2011-2012

A.1369 -- sponsored by Jeffries, Kavanagh, Camara

S.26 -- sponsored by Squadron


2009-2010

A.645 -- sponsored by Jeffries, Kavanagh, Camara, Espaillat

S.5294 -- sponsored by Squadron

 

 

Genesis of CJA's Activism on NY's Judicial Compensation Issue

"McLaughlin scores another blow against GOP candidates", Politico, September 14, 2017 (Jimmy Vielkind)

Ending Road-Buchwald

"Conservation voters score legislators", August 31, 2017 Legislative Gazette (James Gormley)

"Cox re-elected chairman of Republican state committee", September 20, 2017, Legislative Gazette (James Gormley)

"State lawmakers eyeing an exit see mixed results on Primary Day", September 13, 2017 Legislative Gazette  (Thomas Gierney Pudney)

September 7, 2017:
"Lawmakers fill extra seats, earn extra", Times-Union (Rick Karlin)

"Justice Center loses another case over constitutional question", Times-Union (Rick Karlin)

"State legislators need to get back and act", June 24, 2017

"Will NY legislators get a 47% raise", August 7, 2016

"#LoHut Reacts: Full-Time Legislature vs Albany's Ills", February 19, 2015 (Nancy Cutler)

"Poll: NY lawmakers should be full-time without a raise", February 1, 2016 (Joseph Spector)

"Report: Paulin, Corwin top list of richest legislators", September 3, 2013, Jon Campbell -- Albany Watch

Elaine Phillips -- "Yes, New York has  more corrupt officials than any  other state", Politifact, September 19, 2016 (Dan Clark)

 

Syracuse New Times  "Empire State Needs a Full-Time Legislature", August 16, 2017 (Luke Parsnow)

Syracuse.com -- syracuse mayoral candidates

campbell debates -- WRVO

https://www.longislandpress.com/2017/03/19/is-preet-bharara-trying-to-tell-us-something/

buchwald

Merrell v. Sliwa -- #5829-16

October 27, 2016 decision of Albany Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba

October 31, 2016
"Upstart group wins legal battle over control of the Reform Party", Politco (Bill Mahoney)

"New York Reform Party Case Decided; Curtis Sliwa Faction Wins", Ballot Access News (Richard Winger)

Matthew Mari show -- WVOX radio

Third Party wins by becoming second  Chris Ladd

August 31, 2017
"Facebook fakery the lowest kind of politics (editorial)",
Staten Island Advance

 

August 31, 2017
"Our Views: if not fake, misleading news"
The Island Now (editorial)

 

August 16, 2017
"NY powerhouse Herman (Denny) Farrell set to retire after 42 years", Daily News (Lovett)

4. Disciplinary Actions, Malpractice, and other Misconduct
a.  Have you ever been disciplined by, or do you have any charges currently pending before any disciplinary committee, commission, or government agency arising out of your official or professional responsibilities? If yes, describe the circumstances.

p. 16
VI.  GOVERNMENT SERVICE

A.  Identify any experience in or association with any local, state or federal governmental entity (including advisory, consultative, honorary or other part-time service or positions). Specify the dates of such service.

p. 26
H. Please describe any business relationship, dealing or financial transaction which you have had during the past five (5) years, whether for yourself, or on behalf of a client, or acting as an agent, which you believe may constitute an appearance of impropriety or may result in a potential conflict of interest in the position for which you seek appointment. If none, please so state.

p. 28
N.  Please describe any other matter in which you have been involved which may be incompatible or in conflict with the discharge of the duties of the position that you seek, or any matter which may impair or tend to impair your independence of judgment or action in the performance of your duties. If there is none, please so state.

 

XV General Matters

B. Investigatory Actions
Have you ever been the subject of any inquiry or investigation by a federal, state or local agency (other than for routine background investigations for employment purposes)?
YES
NO
Are you or have you ever been a party in interest in any administrative agency proceeding or lawsuit that is related in any way to the position that you seek?
YES
NO
If yes, please explain and provide the title of any litigation, its index number or civil action number and the disposition or status of the case

 monroe, ontario, wayne

S.4787 -- introduced February 21, 2017,
referred to Senate Committee on Investigations & Gov't Operations
Senate website 
Assembly website

S.2670 -- introduced January 27, 2015,
referred to Senate Committee on Investigations & Gov't Operations
Senate website
Assembly website

S.3447 -- introduced February 1, 2013,
referred to Senate Committee on Investigations & Gov't Operations
Senate website
Assembly website

S.2780 -- introduced February 1, 2011,
referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate website
Assembly website

 

 

Relevant Legislative Oversight Committees

Senate

statutory provisions relating to D.A. compensation

May 27, 2015
"AG Schneiderman Proposes Sweeping Legislation to Reform New York State Government"

March 23, 2016
"AG Schneiderman and Comptroller DiNapoli Announce Guilty Plea..."

June 29, 2016
public corruption

March 20, 2013 Senate session

 

Daily Signal

January 6, 2016 Opening Senate Session
transcript (at pp.  )

January 8, 2014 Opening Senate Session
transcript (at pp.  )

March 6, 2017: "Andrew Cuomo's Accomplishments Defy Cynicism About Government"  (The Slant/City & State/opinion by Lawrence Schwartz)

March 7, 2017: "Cuomo Official: Pay Raise 'Untenable' Without On-Time Budget", State of Politics (Nick Reisman)

 

March 7, 2017: "How Gov. Cuomo can lead the nation by leading a more progressive New York"  (Daily News/opinion by Bill Lipton, Morris Pearl)

 

Section 15 of the bill adds a new section 54-a to the Legislative Law
providing that, within ten days after the submission of the Executive
Budget, the Senate and Assembly must adopt a joint rule that requires
the Senate and Assembly to establish a schedule for joint conference
committees, and to establish other processes to assist in timely passage
of the budget.
 
Section 16 of the bill adds a new subdivision 2 to Legislative Law § 54
to require the Legislature to enact a balanced General Fund budget. Each
house would also be required, prior to a vote on the budget bills, to
place on the desks of its members a summary report that itemizes impacts
of proposed budget changes and, where practicable, impacts on local
governments, the State workforce and All Funds spending.

Section 17 of the bill adds a new section 53-d to the State Finance Law
to require that every budget appropriation bill passed by the Legisla-
ture include estimates of the fiscal impacts of the items added by the
Legislature.

March 7, 2017: "State Senator calls for investigation"

 

July 22, 2016: "Super Pac begins flying Bronx Senate Race"

 

Citizens Budget Commission

 

Citizens Union  -- Budget Reform

"Spending in the Shadows" -- February 2016

"Spending in the Shadows" -- September 2016

"Spending in the Shadows"  March 2015 -- update FY 2014-2016
March 2015 position paper

"Spending in the Shadows" -- September 24, 2013

March 2012 position paper -- "State Budget Language Allowing the Transfer of Funds"

December 2008 -- "New York State Budget Reform"

 

Citizens Union -- Examining Turnover

2016

March 16, 2016 conference committee on local general officials/general government

March 23, 2016 conference committee on local government officials/general government


March 16, 2016 conference committee on public protection --

March 23, 2016 conference committee on public protection --
            
table target, requires review of a number of issues -- $13 million
                               commission on judicial conduct; division of criminal justice services --"the staff has the challenge to help us forge in earnest..." 

 

2015

March 16, 2015 conference committee on local government officials/general government

March 19, 2015 conference committee on local government/general government

 

2014

March 17, 2014 conference committee on local government officials/general government
        -- 16 agencies within their jurisdiction, including JCOPE,

changes comptroller; division of budget, local gov't assistance; 

 

 

 

Assembly Bill #1749 -- Concurrent Resolution -- Pension Forfeiture -- Buchwald
vote: 122-1

Resolution 25 -- advisory opinions -- outside employment

  

February 9, 2017:
"State approves anti-corruption bill", Rye City Review (Franco Fino)

 

 

January 30, 2017 press release -- Heastie/Flanagan:  "Legislature to Reinforce Commitment to Ethics Reform by Stripping Corrupt Public Officials of Pension Benefits & Regulating Outside Income for Legislators"    [Senate site]

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AG Schneiderman Proposes Comprehensive Reforms
to Combat Pervasive Corruption In Albany
March 16, 2015 -- Citizens Union
written remarks

 

"AG Schneiderman Proposes Sweeping Legislation
To Reform New York State Government"
May 27, 2015

Senate Rules 2017-2018 

PER DIEMS -- November 11, 2001 "Albany Lawmakers Raise Their Allowance", NYT  (Richard Perez-Pena)

January 30, 2017  Senate Floor Proceedings --


Senate Bill #418 -- Concurrent Resolution -- Pension Forfeiture -- Croci

Senate Resolution: B-404 -- outside employment   (video: 9 - 33 minutes)
transcript: pp.  395-417     vote: 57-4

 

 


February 3, 2017: Assembly Minority Leader Kobl:
"The Case for a Constitutional Convention"

February 8, 2017: "Flanagan and Heastie Announce Joint Legislative Schedule For Adopting SFY 2017-2018 Budget"

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Wyoming Free Press -- Gallivan


 

CJA DIRECTOR's TESTIMONY -- OCTOBER 18, 2016

November 2006: "The Albany Triopoly", Governing Magazine (Alan Ehrenhalt)

April 3, 2014:  "Budget again falls short", Daily Gazette

February 23, 2015 "Cuomo's plan to tilt Albany's balance of power", Capital New York (Liz Benjamin)

February 26, 2015: "Can Albany Open the Door on Three Men in a Room?",  WNYC Radio (Karen Rouse)

March 11, 2015: "Budget process keeps same corrupt system", Times Herald-Record (Ken Hall)

March 11, 2015: "Three Men in a Room and Albany.  Where did the Phrase come from?"  (Albany Gov't Law Center- Bennett Liebman)

April 9, 2015: "A state budget grown in the dark", Lake Placid News

May 8, 2015: "Critics: What's wrong with Albany? The 'three-men-in-a-room'", Gannett (Joseph Spector)

January 29, 2016:  "Who needs a NY state legislature when 'Three Men in a Room' decide laws? (Commentary)", Syracuse.com (Joseph Fahey)

 

New York median household income per county -- 2009-2013
chart    map

New York's per capita income

NY household income

"Housing Affordability in New York State",
March 2014, Comptroller DiNapoli Report

Ballotopedia -- gubernatorial salaries    Book of States 2016
Salaries -- Governors

Salaries -- attorney general

National Association of Attorneys General

National Association of Comptrollers

"Cuomo could face next guilty verdict", (Micha

"New York state legislators' salaries: Who Makes the Most Money; Who Double Dips", December 31, 2014 Syracuse.com (Michell Breidenbach)

"How State legislators pump up pensions in ways you can't",  April 16, 2012, USA Today, Thomas Frank

 

Furman Center -- "Trends in NYC Housing Price Appreciation"

 

January 19, 2016: "Who's Taking On Ethics in Albany?  Not the Ethics Panels", NYT (Vivian Yee)

The Myth of Outside Income --

"

 October 31, 2016: "Cuomo: Ethics Reform Will Be A National Issue", State of Politics

 

 

Assembly Workgroup

 

Robert Mujica named to head division of budget, Washington Times

"Young named chair of State Finance Committee", Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

"Budget watchdog critiques Cuomo's budget"

"Who needs a New York State Legislature?

 

http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2016/oct/18/schoharie-county-treasurer-criticizes-budget/

 

 

 

Menu of CJA's webpages on NYS Judicial Compensation:

HOLDING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE  FOR ITS GRAND LARCENY OF THE PUBLIC FISC & OTHER CORRUPTION

Keeping the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption True
to its Name & Announced Purpose

CJA's July 19, 2013 corruption complaint
to Albany County District Attorney Soares

CJA's April 15, 2013 corruption complaint to U.S. Attorney Bharara

CJA's June 27, 2013 ethics complaint
to NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics

CJA's July 11, 2013 corruption complaint
to NYS Inspector General 

Correspondence with the Legislature
pertaining to CJA's corruption & ethics complaints

UNEQUAL JUSTICE:
Going After Black & Hispanic "Little Fish",
while the "Big White Whales" Go Free

Fighting Off Progeny of the Judicial Compensation Statute (S-2953: A-246) & Securing a Functioning Legislative Process

Securing Legislative Oversight & Override of the 2nd & 3rd phases of the judicial pay raises...

Championing of appropriate rules and leadership for the New York State Legislature 

CJA's People's lawsuit to void the judicial pay raises & secure judicial accountability -- CJA, et al. v. Cuomo, et al.

CJA's October 27, 2011 Opposition Report to the "Final Report of the Commission on Judicial Compensation" 

The Judges' Judicial Compensation Lawsuits

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