Monthly Archives: February 2013

Money in Politics in New York, Feb. 22 Edition

For more stories on an ongoing basis, follow the Twitter hashtag #moNeYpolitics and #fairelex. Albany Can Learn a Lesson from Ed Koch’s Legacy After former New York City Mayor Ed Koch sadly passed away this month, Frederick Schwarz, chief counsel at the Brennan Center, explained in a New York Daily News op-ed how we can honor Koch’s legacy. In 1986, when […]

Money in Politics in New York: Feb. 15 Edition

JCOPE Releases Report on Lopez Scandal to Legislative Ethics Committee The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics sent to legislators its long-awaited report on sexual harassment complaints against sitting Assemblyman Vito Lopez.  Last year, the Assembly secretly approved a $103,000 settlement to end sexual harassment allegations against Lopez by two female staffers. Gerald B. Lefcourt, […]

Money in Politics in New York: February 8 Edition

Publicly Financed Elections are Good Business In an op-ed published Sunday in the Albany Times-Union, co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, David Levine, explains why business owners are so enthusiastic about campaign finance reform. A poll commissioned by the ASBC indicates that business leaders are dissatisfied with the current role that money plays in American politics. […]

Does New York’s Freedom of Information Law work for you?

This survey was sent to approximately 30 civic groups, journalists, think tankers and businesses. If you have co-workers or colleagues who regularly work with FOIL, please pass this survey onto them. And, most definitely, give us comments and suggestions either in the survey or via email at info [at] reinventalbany [dot] org. Your responses will […]

What is Government Doing in New York and Why?

One of the fun things about actually going to a football or basketball game is that you can watch what is happening away from the ball. What we know about government — and what government knows about itself — is often like watching a football game on TV when the camera stays very narrowly focused […]

Money in Politics in New York, February 1 Edition

Eldridge: Why Businesses Should Support Campaign Finance Reform In a Times-Union op-ed, Sean Eldridge, president of Hudson River Ventures, calls on politicians to get serious about reform. Eldridge notes that New York’s antiquated campaign finance system is built for big donors, not average voters. Wealthy contributors can donate $60,800 to some state candidates—ten times more than what […]