Category Archives: Government

Albany Corruption Trial Opens November 2

Ex-New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s trial set to begin Nov. 2. https://t.co/kD49ZIoUyi https://t.co/VM7XTXzwlx

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Guatemala President Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina resigns amid corruption scandal The corruption scandal, uncovered by prosecutors and a U.N. commission probing criminal networks in Guatemala, involved a scheme known as “La Linea,” or “The Line,” in which businesspeople paid bribes to … Continue reading

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De Blasio’s 2013 campaign committee under investigation | New York Post

Looks like my colleagues at City and State dogged reporting snagged another pol (see Laura Nahmias reporting on ex-assemblyman William Boyland) playing games with campaign finance rules. The de Blasio campaign deny that they did any illegal coordination with 1199SEIU … Continue reading

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New campaign leisure spending ruling leaves ‘gray area’ | New York Post

Yes, the partisan and gridlocked NYS Board of Elections ruled that spending campaign cash on junkets is permissible as long as the campaign funds only pay a portion (50%, 75%,  99%?) of the related expenses and pols document receipts. It … Continue reading

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Straight Outta Ethics

Photo editorial by Brian Alapatt One wag tweeted, “The LWA (Legislators With Attitude) follow up album was “Get Rich Or Die Trying.”

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Pal of De Blasio Aide Gets $150K Gig

Mayor de Blasio created a $150,000-a-year job to boost his national immigration agenda — and then the cushy position was handed to the live-in girlfriend of one of his most trusted aides, The Post has learned. Stephanie Yazgi, 38, the … Continue reading

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Nemesis Drops Discrimination Suit Against Bronx BP Diaz

Bronx BP Ruben Diaz’s former staffer and long time ally Camella Pinkney-Price has quietly dropped the racial discrimination lawsuit. Continue reading

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Bound By Laws Forged In Corruption

[A version of the column appeared in CityandStateNY.com] In the Olympics and pro cycling, athletes suspected of cheating, i.e., using performance enhancing drugs, are investigated and, if found guilty, are stripped of their medals and championship titles. In New York, … Continue reading

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Breaking: Sen. Tom Libous guilty of felony, ejected from Senate – Politics on the Hudson

Sen. Thomas Libous, the state Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a Southern Tier political institution for more than two decades, was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI, a felony that will force his removal from office. His expulsion from the … Continue reading

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City and State NY: Bound By Laws Forged in Corruption

I recently penned an opinion piece questioning whether or not New Yorkers should be bound by laws forged in corruption. Some in government and law think my proposal is heretical. What say you? Bound By Laws Forged in Corruption by … Continue reading

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