Zephyr Teachout Challenges Secretive Republican Financiers to Debate

Brendan O'Connor · 08/16/16 09:05AM

On Monday, Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law professor running for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District as a Democrat, is looking past her Republican rival John Faso to the men backing him: the secretive Republican financiers Paul Singer and Robert Mercer.

Andrew Cuomo Pushes Tepid Campaign Finance Reform as Preet Bharara Finds Corruption "Everywhere We Look"

Brendan O'Connor · 06/09/16 08:50AM

On Wednesday, shortly after Norman Seabrook, president of New York City’s jail officers’ union, was arrested on corruption charges, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a speech promising new regulations on independent expenditure committees (a.k.a. super PACs). This is the fourth time in five years that the governor has proposed such regulations, Politico reports, which—even in the unlikely event of them passing—would not actually do very much to ameliorate corruption in New York.

What Does Having an Alleged Affair With Sheldon Silver Get You?

Brendan O'Connor · 04/20/16 01:30PM

Last week, a judge unsealed court documents that outlined federal prosecutors’ allegations that former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the three most powerful men in New York until his conviction on corruption charges last year, carried on at least two extramarital affairs during his time as an elected official. In the filings, the women are anonymized, but they have since been identified as Patricia Lynch, a lobbyist, and Janele Hyer-Spencer, a former assemblywoman and state employee.

Feds: Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Had At Least Two Extramarital Affairs 

Brendan O'Connor · 04/15/16 08:50AM

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni ordered that documents related to the conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges last fall be unsealed. Prosecutors say that the documents show Silver carried on extramarital affairs with at least two women—one of whom had business before the state legislature, and one of whom he helped get a government job.

New York State’s Public Relations Officials Don’t Do Shit

J.K. Trotter · 03/04/16 09:45AM

For the past week, fourteen different public relations officials for various government agencies in New York have refused to explain why the state failed to pay $75 million owed to contractors working on the SolarCity factory site in South Buffalo—a mistake that forced those contractors to temporarily lay off workers. That story was broken by WGRZ, Buffalo’s NBC affiliate, whose staff later decided to see how much those public relations officials were being paid not to fulfill their most basic job duty. The answer: Over $1.37 million combined.

New York Times Endorses Reform Candidate for Powerless Position

Tom Scocca · 08/28/14 09:24AM

Following up on its non-endorsement of New York governor Andrew Cuomo's challenger, Zephyr Teachout, the New York Times today endorsed Teachout's running mate, Tim Wu, for lieutenant governor. Because Cuomo is a terrible cynic with no identifiable values, his chosen lieutenant governor candidate, Kathy Hochul, is a right-wing creep added to the ticket to pander to upstate voters. (Or possibly, as the Times theorizes, she's a cynic herself, who pretends to be right-wing to pander to upstate voters.)

Andrew Cuomo’s Ethics Panel Exposes Andrew Cuomo’s Shadiness

J.K. Trotter · 07/23/14 12:30PM

Last year, Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York, assembled an independent ethics panel to expose the pernicious, deep-rooted culture of corruption in Albany. In its own way, it worked: Today’s New York Times has a big feature recounting how Cuomo sought to steer—and in some cases quash—the panel’s investigations when they got too close to his own turf.

Revenge Porn Law Proposed For New York State

Camille Dodero · 10/07/13 09:04AM

Last week, California criminalized revenge porn. Now, New York state legislators are proposing a bill that would also target people who distribute nude photos of others without their consent. Unlike California's law, which can only be used to prosecute individuals who personally took naked photos of someone else and then disseminated the images against the subjects' will, New York's proposition would theoretically apply to making sexually explicit self-portraits public.

Mom Shouted 'Let Him Die' as Disabled Son Choked

Lauri Apple · 08/06/11 10:49AM

On Thursday, Rolaine Foigelman of Tonawanda, N.Y. pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of an incompetent person based on an incident in which she tried to stop bystanders from helping to save her son's life. Hey, at least nobody will accuse her of being a helicopter mom now.

New York Same-Sex Marriage Vote Not Expected Today

Jim Newell · 06/20/11 03:45PM

The big vote on legalizing same-sex marriage in New York could still come in the state senate today — the last scheduled day of the current legislative session — but reports are trickling in that it could be delayed until Wednesday or Thursday, during an extended session.

Police Chief Sexts and Tells, Now Has All Kinds of Problems

Lauri Apple · 06/11/11 05:10PM

On Thursday, Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) Police Chief Christopher Cole admitted publicly that, from his office at City Hall, he sexted explicit pics of himself to a woman with whom he'd been having an "intermittent personal relationship." Hey, at least he's being honest, right?

Asshole State Senator Blames "The Gays," Ed Koch For Albany Mess

Pareene · 12/10/08 06:12PM

State Senator Malcolm Smith is giving up on negotiating with Senators Pedro Espada Jr., Carl Kruger, and Ruben Diaz Sr. So no one knows who will run the New York state senate and what will happen to gay marriage and whether those three assholes will remain Democrats or what. Smith's is a frustrating but morally correct decision, and only one of those modifiers usually describes doings in Albany. Diaz was typically incoherently dickish in a message to a reporter: nixes New York affiliates to frustrate taxman

Nicholas Carlson · 05/15/08 11:20AM

New York's state legislature passed a law that will require Internet vendors with any business ties to the state to collect sales tax. The law is so sweeping that it includes nonphysical ties, such as affiliate-marketing programs, which pay a slice of sales to websites which refer customers to an online store. responded with a lawsuit. Now says it's cutting loose its 3,400 affiliates in New York. The idea is to show "the New York governor and legislature that this is bad for New York businesses," Overstock VP Jonathan Johnson told the New York Times. "There are affiliates in New York who will see their business go away because of a not-so-thoughtful action by the New York State legislature." Amazon will keep its affiliates and begin paying sales tax June 1. New York hoped to increase its tax revenues by $50 million with the measure. Overstock's letter to affiliates is included below: