Corruption Risk Report Card
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New York’s newly created ethics commission has its work cut out for it in a state government that’s often defined by dysfunction and corruption. Read more from SII State Reporter David King.

Latest state news for New York

State integrity news for New York, from the New York Times:

The former hospital chief executive at the center of a bribery conspiracy that ensnared former State Senator Carl Kruger and others was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison. The former executive, David P. Rosen, 64, had been convicted of bribing Mr. Kruger and two other legislators in return for having them use their influence in Albany to benefit his health care organization.

The conspiracy, which also involved a lobbyist, another hospital executive and a health care consultant, has been seen as casting light on the pervasiveness of corruption in Albany and on the often-cozy ties there between legislators and hospitals.

Read the rest of the story at the New York Times.

State integrity news for New York, from Riverhead Local:

Some people in government think this is a farce. They apparently don't share my view about the importance of transparency in government.

But it's no farce, fellas. Most of what's wrong with government in America today — in the big picture, starting with Washington — is a result of backroom dealings between lobbyists and elected officials who no longer represent the people that represent them.

Read the rest of the story at Riverhead Local.

State integrity news for New York, from the New York Times:

An unusual and well-heeled coalition, trying to tap public anger over the flood of money into politics, is pushing to enact a public financing system for elections in New York State.

They say New York, which they call a symbol of institutionalized corruption, could become a national model for the effort to free elections from the grip of big money. The campaign will start next week with mailings to the constituents of four state senators.

Read the rest of the story at the New York Times.

State integrity news for New York, from The Journal News:

New York voters maintained near record-high job approval of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but were displeased with secretive budget negotiations, a Quinnipiac poll released today found. By a 55 percent to 30 percent margin, voters said that “closed-door negotiations” were not needed to land the major policy changes Cuomo achieved with the state Legislature.

In fact, 76 percent of voters said “the lack of transparency surrounding these major policy deals is a very serious or somewhat serious problem.”

Read the rest of the story at The Journal News.


State integrity news for New York, from the Albany Times-Union:

The governor is thoroughly steeped in hypocrisy when it comes to transparency. The more he utters the word, the less he pays attention to it.

It comes as no surprise that the independent Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., ranks New York 36th among the states in public accountability. Cuomo's is the least transparent, most micromanaged New York gubernatorial administration in memory.

Read the rest of the story a the Albany Times-Union.


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