Monthly Archives: April 2016

Governor’s Loyalists Cannot Credibly Enforce State Campaign Finance and Ethics Laws

Seth Agata, recently appointed the head of the state ethics enforcement agency, JCOPE, is Governor Cuomo’s former top lawyer. Prior to his appointment heading JCOPE, Mr. Agata represented the governor before JCOPE. Risa Sugarman, the enforcement counsel for the NYS Board of Elections has a long history as aide to the governor and is widely perceived […]

Op-Ed: De Blasio’s ethics rules — and New York City’s: Three ways the city should clean its house so it doesn’t become as corrupt as Albany

Originally published in the NY Daily News on April 27, 2016. My group keeps an eye on state government, but the scandals erupting in New York City have become impossible to ignore. The new controversies, involving major contributors and lobbyists close to Mayor de Blasio, are particularly disturbing because watchdog groups like ours have long […]

Budget Enacting Legislation

Strangely, neither the NY State Senate nor the Assembly have published a list of the legislation enacting the budget. Here is some of the enacting legislation. Please Tweet at @Reinventalbany if you have more links. Capital Projects (S.6404D, A.9004D) Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA) (S.6406C, A.9006C) State Operations (S.6400D, A.9000D) Transportation, Economic Development and […]