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Making the 2016 Legislative Elections Competitive...


Starting with CJA's own legislative incumbents --
Assemblyman David Buchwald (93rd Assembly District)
& Senator George Latimer (37th Senate District)


Senate Finance Committee Chair Catharine Young
(  Senate District) 

Senate Finance Ranking Member Liz Krueger
(28th Senate District)

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair John Bonacic
(42nd Senate District)

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Ruth Hassell-Thompson
(36th Senate District)
"Bronx reverend running..."

Senator Phil Boyle
(4th Senate District)

(150th Assembly District)
"Chautauqua Democrats Seek Candidates to Challenge Incumbent Andy Goodell in '16"
"Why some incumbents should not be re-elected"

Senator George Amedore
(46th Senate District)
"Senate candidate Niccoli supports outside income limit"

Senator James Seward
(51st Senate District)
"Bagnalle-Graham views education, ethics as top issues in race against Sen. Jim Seward"

Senator Patrick Gallivan
(59th Senate District)


49th Senate District:
"State Senate Candidate Christian Klueg Calls Nomination Process Corrupt"
WAMC, May 26, 2016


60th Senate District
"Panepinto's departure turns November race for 60th district an open affair"

"The New York State Senate: An Analysis of All 63 Seats", Daily Kos, February 17, 2016 (Disastermarch17)







CJA's April 27, 2016 e-mail to NYS League of Women Voters -- "Subject: Request for Comment & Assistance: Citizen-Taxpayer Action Challenging Constitutionality & Legality of NYS Budget -- including 3-men-in-a-room-budget dealmaking"

CJA's May 3, 2016 e-mail to NYS League of Women Voters -- "Subject: Thank you, Jennifer! -- Request for Comment & Assistance: Citizen-Taxpayer Action Challenging Constitutionality & Legality of NYS Budget -- including 3-men-in-a-room budget deal-making"    enclosed League of Women Voters' "IMPACT ON ISSUES 2005-2007"--"State Budget Process"

May 11, 2016 e-mail from League -- "RE: Thank you, Jennifer..."















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CJA's February 9, 2016 FOIL/Records Request -- "RE:  Annual Reports of the Senate Ethics Committee and Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance -- & records describing their jurisdiction"

February 16, 2016 response from Assembly Records Access Officer -- 
"Please note that, by long-standing practice, ethics-related bills are considered by the Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations."  referred to links: 

 http://assembly.state.ny.us/comm/   -- no annual reports for Assembly Committee on Ethics & Guidance      
http://assembly.state.ny.us/Rules/ : referred-to rules: Rule IV, §1(a)  -- 8 members; Rule IV, §1(b): equal # majority/minority  

Rule IV §13: "Ethics training. The Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance shall develop and regularly update a course of instruction for all members and employees of the Assembly with regard to the laws and policies governing their conduct. The committee shall recommend to the Speaker an ethics training plan for implementing and scheduling such course of instruction."

also Rule I, §§5, 6, and §7 -- relating to sexual harassment, discrimination, non-fraternization with student interns

February 17, 2016 response from Secretary of Senate --

links to:  2011 End of Session Summary Report  2012 End of Session Summary Report;
Senate rules  Rule VIII, §1:  6 members;


Assembly Office of Ethics and Compliance


CJA's February 1, 2016 FOIL/Records Request -- "RE: Where are the Legislature's Reports on the Enacted Budgets, Required by State Finance Law §22-b? 

February 8, 2016 response from Assembly Records Access Officer -- here's link:  http://assembly.state.ny.us/comm/?sec=post&id=41  

                 2015 Green Book:  Report of the Fiscal Committees on the Executive Budget: Fiscal Year 2015-2016  

                2014 Green Book:  Report of the Fiscal Committees on the Executive Budget: Fiscal Year 2014-2015 

                2013 Green Book:  Report of the Fiscal Committees on the Executive Budget: Fiscal Year 2013-2014  extract

                2012 Green Book:  Report of the Fiscal Committees on the Executive Budget: Fiscal Year 2012-2013   extract

                2011 Green Book:  Report of the Fiscal Committees on the Executive Budget: Fiscal Year 2011-2012

                2009 Green Book:  Report of the Fiscal Committees on the Executive Budget: Fiscal Year 2009-2010

February 8, 2016 response from Secretary of Senate

Staff Report Adopted Budget Summary 2015-2016   extract

Staff Report Adopted Budget Summary 2014-2015    extract

Report on Enacted Budget 2013-2014     extract

Enacted Budget Summary 2012-2013

Enacted Budget Summary 2011-2012


February 9, 2016 e-mail from Associate Counsel/Judicial Committee/Program & Counsel Staff

          indicated link:   http://assembly.state.ny.us/Reports/WAM/20150417/2015Budget.pdf



CJA's Dec. 9, 2016 FOIL/Records Request -- "RE: The Dollar Amounts of the Judicial Salary Increases Recommended by the Commission on Judicial Compensation's August 29, 2011 Report -- and 'General State Charges' Resulting Therefrom"

OCA December 9, 2016 acknowledgment

CJA's January 22, 2016 status request

OCA January 22, 2016 response

CJA's February 24, 2016 status request 


CJA's Feb. 4, 2016 FOIL/Records Request -- "RE: The Judiciary's agreed-to, if not proposed reductions to its budget request for fiscal year 2015-2016"

OCA Feb. 5, 2016 acknowledgment


CJA's Feb. 5, 2016 FOIL/Records Request -- "RE: Chief Administrative Judge approvals of increases, decreases, and interchanges in fiscal year 2015-2016, as authorized by §2 of Legislative/Judiciary Budet Bill #S.2001-a/A.3001-a"

OCA Feb. 5, 2016 acknowledgment



CJA's February 22, 2016 letter to Senate Finance Chair Young & Ranking Member Krueger -- "RE:                 RECORDS REQUEST: The Governor’s 'introducer’s memorandum' and 'fiscal note' for his Article VII Legislative/Judiciary Budget Bill #S.6401/A.9001"

CJA's February 23, 2016 letter to Assembly Ways & Means Committee Chair Farrell & Ranking Member Oaks -- "RE: RECORDS REQUEST: The Governor’s 'introducer’s memorandum' with 'statement of…fiscal impact' for his Article VII Legislative/Judiciary Budget Bill #S.6401/A.9001"

CJA's 23, 2016 letter to Secretary of Senate, Assembly Records Access Officer, Gov. Cuomo's Public Information Officer, Division of the Budget FOIL Officer -- "RE: RECORDS REQUEST/FOIL: The Legislature's budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, its 'General State Charges', and its reappropriations popped into the back of the Governor's Legislative/Judiciary Budget Bill #S.6401/A.9001"




Chair: Thomas Croci -- $12,500 added pay (Legislative Law, 5-a)
Ranking Member: -- $9,000 added pay (Legislative Law, 5-a)
Members: Michael Gianaris,
Hugh Farley, Andrew Lanza,
Terrence Murphy, Gustavo Rivera



Chair:  Charles Lavine -- $12,500 added pay

Ranking Member: $9,000 added pay
Kevin Cahill, Brian Curran, Joseph Giglio, Peter Lawrence,
Michael Montesano, Michele Titus, Kenneth Zebrowski








February 8, 2016 response from Assembly Public Information Officer





Chair: Helene Weinstein
Ranking Member: Michael Montesano
MembersWilliam Barclay, Edward Braunstein, David Buchwald, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Andy Goodell, Al Graf, Latoya Joyner,
Todd Kaminsky, Charles Lavine, Chad Lupinacci, Anthony Palumbo, Dan Quart, Rebecca Seawright,
Jo Anne Simon, Phil Steck, Matthew Titone, Michele Titus, David Weprin, Kenneth Zebrowski
ANNUAL REPORTS:   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015

Chair: Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Ranking Member: Janet Duprey
Members: Michael Benedetto, Rodneyse Bichotte, Michael Blake, David Buchwald, Erik Dilan,
Sandy Galef, Deborah Glick, Andy Goodell, Mark Johns, Ron Kim, Kieran Michael Lalor, Michelle Schimel
ANNUAL REPORTS:   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015

Chair: Ellen Jaffee
Ranking Member: Peter Lawrence
MembersMichael Kearns, William Magnarelli,
Michael Montesano, Annette Robinson, Fred Thiele, Jr.
ANNUAL REPORTS:   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015

Chair: Herman Farrell, Jr.
Ranking MemberBob Oaks
MembersJeffrion Aubrey, William Barclay, Michael Benedetto, Edward Braunstein,
Kevin Cahill, William Colton,Vivian Cook, Jane Corwin, Clifford Crouch, Michael Cusick,
Janet Duprey, Michael Fitzpatrick, David Gantt, Deborah Glick, Stephen Hawley, Earlene Hooper,
Joseph Lentol, Nicole Malliotakis, Margaret Markey, Francisco Moya, Catherine Nolan, Felix Ortiz,
N. Nick Perry, J. Gary Pretlow, Phil Ramos, Robert Rodriguez, Joseph Saladino, Robin Schimminger,
Fred Thiele, Jr., Raymond Walter, Helene Weinstein, David Weprin, Keith Wright
YELLOW BOOK (Majority):   2016   2015   2014
GREEN BOOK (Minority):   2016






January 6, 2016 "Ethics and Corruption Dominate First Day of 2016 Session", WXXI (Karen DeWitt)

January 7, 2016 "Corruption, Elections Loom Over Lengthy 2016 Legislative Agenda", Gotham Gazette (David Howard King)

January 7, 2016 "New York's leaders need to stop talking and start cleaning", New York Post (editorial)


December 10, 2015: "Heastie: Full time legislature would need hefty pay raise", New York Post (Carl Campanile)

March 2, 2016: "Lawmaker seeks more detail on discretionary funds", Capital New York (Jimmy Vielkind)

Citizens Union Report: "Spending in the Shadows"

March 3, 2016: "Several Significant Questions About the Governor's Budget", Gotham Gazette (David Howard King)

March 1, 2016:  "The Heastie era: one year in: changeover without revolution", Capital New York (Josefa Velasquez, Bill Mahoney)

March 3, 2016: "Eight terms in, still pushing for change", Queens Chronicle (Ryan Brady)

March 5, 2016: "Lonely Crusade"

March 8, 2016: "Advocates: Cuomo not doing enough on ethics", Albany Times Union (Casey Seiler)

March 10, 2016:  "Advocates Call for Action on ethics reform", Public News Service, Andrea Sears

March 11, 2016: "Speaker Heastie Announces Ethics Reform Package Aimed at Restoring Public Trust"

March 11, 2016: "Heastie outlines Assembly ethics plan", Gotham Gazette (David King)

March 11, 2016: "Reminder: you own the government, not the politicians" editorial-Gannett/USA Today

March 12, 2016: "Corruption gets a shrug as NY nears budget deal", Washington Times (AP)

2007 "Silver, Spitzer, Bruno Agree to Significant Budget Reform Measures"


"Productive Progressive Change You Can Make", Skidmore News (Elena Veatch)

A.4390   Legislative Law 51

Weinstein's Newsletter winter 2015

March 1, 2016: Judiciary Committee meeting

Senate Rules

Assembly Rules


Gerald Benjamin, Reform in New York: The Budget, The Legislature, and the Governance Process, 67 Alb L Rev 1021 (2004).

Pataki v Assembly 4 NY3d at 80

Legal History

Breaking the Budget in NY State McMahon

Understanding and Evaluating  Mauro

"Merit Pay and Pain"


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?"


March 28, 2016 "New York doesn't need another secret budget", New York Post, editorial

March 28, 2016 "Nonprofit sues Cuomo, NY Legislature over '3 men in a room' budget making", Syracuse.com (Mike McAndrew)

March 28, 2016 "Government watchdogs: budget process uniquely troubling" (WNYT.com)

March 29, 2016 "Government that can't be reviewed should not be approved" (Poststar.com), editorial

March 29, 2016: "DiBlasio concerned with Lack of Clarity as State Budget Deadline Nears", Gotham Gazette (David Howard King)

March 29, 2016 "New York is not a democracy" (Poststar.com), editorial

March 30, 2016  "NYS budget deadline fast approaching", WNYT.com  (Anna Meiler)

March 30, 2016 "Alleghany County OKs district attorney salary hike", Wellsville Daily Reporter (Brian Quinn)

March 30, 2016 "Don't Let Albany Ethics Reform Slip Away", NYT (editorial)

March 30, 2016 "Not another rush job", Albany Times Union (editorial)

March 30, 2016 "Gov may hit state lawmakers in wallets for failure to adopt on-time budget, pass ethics reforms", Daily News (Ken Lovett, Glenn Blain )

March 30, 2016: "Criminal Justice Reform Again Given Little Attention in Budget Negotiations", Gotham Gazette (David Howard King)

March 31, 2016: "For State Budget, Leaders Choose On-Time over Open", Gotham Gazette (David Howard King)

March 30, 2016: "Late Budget Could Hurt Case for Legislative Pay Raise", State of Politics (Nick Reisman)

March 30, 2016:  "Pushing for a Budget: Andrew Cuomo Suggests Link to Legislators' Pay", Wall Street Journal (Mike Vilensky, Erica Orden)

March 31: 2016: "Deadline Tonight: Still No Budget Deal Reached for NY",  TWC News (Barry Wygel)

March 31, 2016: "Passing budget without proper review 'a travesty'", Capitol Confidential (Casey Seiler)

March 31, 2016: "Legislators denouce school aid

March 31, 2016: "Lawmakers begin passing NYS budget bills, but some details are murky", North Country Public Radio (Karen DeWitt)




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Investigations & Government Operations:
January 21, 2016 meeting

"This is a committee that has broad reach and broad jurisdiction"
"This is really the government accountability committee..."

Assembly Speaker Heastie's January 21, 2016 press release


Senate Rule VIII, §6.   Nominations. Unless the Senate orders otherwise, all nominations sent by the Governor for the appointment of any officer shall be submitted to the Temporary President who shall then refer such nominations simultaneously to the Finance Committee, and the appropriate standing committee, for consideration and recommendation and such standing committees, other than the Committee on Judiciary shall thereafter refer such nominations to the Finance Committee of the Senate who shall take whatever further actions it deems necessary and thereafter make its report on the nominations to the full Senate. Any Senator may submit a request to the Chair of a Standing Committee considering a nomination, to speak before the committee for not more than five minutes on the nomination. The granting of any such request shall be at the sole discretion of the Committee Chair. A nomination shall not be confirmed without reference on the day on which it is received except by unanimous consent. The names of those who voted for or against the nomination may be entered alphabetically on the journal,if any five Senators request it.






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