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Given Albany’s vaunted position as the public corruption capital of America, you’d think the panel created in 2011 to oversee ethics and lobbying in New York’s executive branch and the Legislature would have more than enough work to keep it busy. more
Sun and warmer temperatures are making the Jan. 23 blizzard seem like a distant memory, but there’s still a month and a half to go until spring . . . more
We join with good-government groups in calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to enact three specific reforms to help reduce the ethical violations and criminal behavior . . . more
In his State of the State address on Jan. 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment that school districts across the state have been subject to by 2017-18. That’s a major step in the right direction, but . . . more
In the coming weeks and months, local school districts will be planning their 2016-17 budgets, deciding how to allocate their pieces of that very large pie. It’s our right to have a say in how that money will be spent. more
New York’s Assembly members and senators have returned to Albany to begin the latest legislative session. In the coming months, they, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will produce the state budget. Important decisions will be made on . . . more
The Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation has decided, “after exhaustive study,” that Belmont Park is the best place to install 1,000 video lottery terminals. Since that announcement . . . more
The past 12 months have been filled with a dizzying variety of triumph and tragedy, seriousness and silliness, the oh-so-predictable and the never-in-a-million-years. more
In the mid-1950s, the U.S. was a nation terrorized not by extremist jihadists, but by the threat of nuclear annihilation. The Cold War . . . more
With the convictions of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, pundits now claim that Albany’s pay-to-play system of dishonest dealing has finally been . . . more
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