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24-Hour Contribution Report for State Sen. John Sampson | NYS Board of Elections

Five people contributed $16,000 at the 11th hour to aid embattled Brooklyn State Senator John Sampson in his now-successful Democratic Primary win. Although innocent until proved guilty, I’m left wondering who contributes to the re-election effort of a lawmaker indicted … Continue reading

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Moreland Co-Chair says he’s okay with public financing for campaigns | Syracuse.com

Last week, during a radio interview Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick, co-chair of the Moreland Commission, said that he now favors public financing for political campaigns. Fitzpatrick also revealed that the Moreland Commission’s investigations have uncovered criminality in campaign financing. … Continue reading

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NYTimes.com: Corruption Charge Expected for Senator

John L. Sampson, a prominent Democratic state senator, is said to have had wiretapped conversations with a colleague who is soon to be sentenced… http://p.nytimes.com/email/re?location=InCMR7g4BCKC2wiZPkcVUhLMCw3novoI&user_id=268f6405a4798b63417f2d0333a63bd3&email_type=eta&task_id=1367810932171963 Michael Benjamin Follow on Twitter: @SquarePeg_Dem

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Carrión’s new suit – NYPOST.com

You can take the candidate out of the Bronx Democratic machine — but can you take the machine out of the candidate? That’s my warning to those who might support former Bronx Borough President and White House urban czar Adolfo … Continue reading

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Benjamin Speaks Out on NY Gov. Cuomo’s Changing Style — Video

Former Assemb. Benjamin on Cuomo’s Changing Style As Governor Cuomo prepares to help President Obama on the campaign trail, former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin is questioning whether Cuomo deserves a second term of his own. He argues that over the past … Continue reading

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Michael Benjamin calls for an end to member items to clean up Albany | City & State

  Florence + the Machine’s hit song “Dog Days Are Over” seems an apt soundtrack for the hidden and unspoken abuses afflicting Albany. The dog days are over/The dog days are done The horses are coming/So you better run. The … Continue reading

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Lipsky’s Cooperation With Authorities Prompts Unease – NYTimes.com

Now that word has leaked that convicted former lobbyist Richard Lipsky is cooperating with federal authorities in hopes of reducing his jail sentence, “no-good” elected officials wringing their hands, looking over their shoulders, and treating their cellphones like “live” grenades. … Continue reading

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Tossing the bums: NY voters speak

My latest op-ed from Tuesday’s NY Post (09/18/2012) New York voters in both parties did some housecleaning last Thursday. In select state Senate and Assembly races, voters ousted those who violated their trust — by misusing public funds, or by … Continue reading

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Feds Seek Bail Revocation For Espada — Updated 3X

The sorry saga of disgraced former state senator Pedro Espada continues with the latest episode posted on the State of Politics blog today. Unfortunately, the good work of Dr. Neil Calman and the Institute for Urban Family Health was caught … Continue reading

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Queens State Sen. Shirley Huntley and Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, saddled by legal troubles, tumble in Democratic primaries – NYDN

As the song says, “two out of three ain’t bad.” Voters in the Bronx and Queens ousted incumbent legislators, Naomi Rivera and Shirley Huntley, who were accused of nepotism and misuse of state funds. The third legislator who is under federal indictment, … Continue reading

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