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The state Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data about New York’s voters to a Trump administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.


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There are reports that state senators who received payments for chairing committees that they actually did not chair are now under a probe by the state attorney general and at least one U.S. attorney.


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Reform advocates are taking exception to remarks made by Governor Cuomo, who said there already is enough oversight of potentially corrupt activities in Albany.


An ethics reform measure approved by the legislature at the end of the legislative session still hasn’t been signed by Governor Cuomo. And some good government groups say- it shouldn’t.


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A commission is considering granting as much as a 47 percent pay raise for state lawmakers, and the proposal is generating some backlash, including from Governor Andrew Cuomo.


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The legislature returns next Tuesday for the final push in a session that ends in late June. Government reformers say it’s time to focus on ethics fixes.

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Government reform groups say you can add one more item to the long list of reforms that they believe are needed in Albany.


Some lobbyists, as well as government reform groups, say a new rule approved by the state’s ethics commission that would require them to report contact with the news media in some cases, violates First Amendment rights and would have chilling effect.


At a hearing held by the State Assembly on expanded voting, advocates argued that New York needs to join more than half of the other state who offer some kind of extended voting.


A new proposal by the state ethics commission that could restrict campaign donations is raising some questions.


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The state board of elections has approved the language for a ballot amendment that would change the way redistricting  is done in New York. But not everyone is happy with the wording, or the amendment.

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Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney investigating possible interference by Governor Cuomo’s aides in an ethics probe has sent a warning letter to the governor.

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News reports in recent days portray Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on corruption as possibly going off the rails. Government reform groups say they are concerned and want some answers.

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Updating a 2005 report called "Stacking the Deck," Common Cause New York says gambling interests have raised more than $3 million in less than three years, passing the cash along to elected officials and a series of pro-gambling groups.

A lobby group closely associated with Governor Andrew Cuomo was the elephant in the room during a hearing by the state ethics commission on new rules for donor disclosure.

Governor Cuomo’s chosen chair of the ethics commission, Westchester DA Janet DiFiore, presided over the hearing, which took public input on how much lobby groups should be required to disclose about political donations.