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Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case rather than go straight to a retrial. That was the ruling Thursday from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Reaction is mixed about the corruption conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver that was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court. The decision also begs the question of how it will affect others convicted or charged with corruption.

Charges of public corruption against New York State Senator Rob Ortt have been dismissed.

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Federal appeals court judges do not seem eager to embrace the arguments of lawyers seeking a new trial for former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son.

The State Assembly has passed legislation that would strip taxpayer-funded pensions from public officers convicted of corruption, as well as a resolution aimed at preventing conflicts of interest with regard to legislators' outside income.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pressuring state lawmakers to come back in December for a special session that includes a number of reform items to address recent corruption scandals. In exchange, he said, they could potentially be rewarded with a pay raise.

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"Pure, old fashioned, graft and corruption." That's how Assemblyman Sean Ryan summarized the indictments handed down in connection with the development of Buffalo's SolarCity project. Nonetheless, Ryan maintains the controversial project holds great value for the region.


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Former New York Senate leader Dean Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $800,000 in restitution and fines Thursday after his conviction on corruption charges. His son Adam got six-and-a-half years.


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Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was  sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday and told by a federal judge that he must give back $5 million that he stole from the public, as well a pay another $1.75 million in fines.


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A guilty plea has been entered in a public works corruption case in Monroe County.

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"Built to Last" is the name that Governor Andrew Cuomo is giving to his list of proposals that will be unveiled during his upcoming State of the State address.

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Campaign finance, legislative positions, and public trust in government are likely to be among the topics Governor Andrew Cuomo will bring up in his upcoming State of the State address.

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Though New York’s next gubernatorial election is more than three years away, 2010 republican candidate and Buffalo Public Schools Board Member Carl Paladino may be laying the groundwork for a second run.

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The second of the state legislature’s two former leaders has now been convicted on multiple corruption charges after a jury lost no time in finding former Senate Leader Dean Skelos and son Adam guilty on all eight counts.


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A lawmaker who was one of New York's most powerful politicians has been convicted by a federal jury of charges that he used the power of his office to earn $5 million illegally. 


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The leader of the State Senate, Dean Skelos, surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.

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Reports are indicating that New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, could be arrested as early as Monday.

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Six area Assembly members have banded together to call for the resignation of Speaker Sheldon Silver, following his arrest on Thursday on corruption charges. They say the business of the people is at stake.

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest and $3.8 million in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized as federal prosecutors accuse the Speaker of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

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Tribal unrest is preceding next month's elections for leadership of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

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2013 saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in wiretapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Governor Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?

Advocates and lawmakers at the Capitol are reacting to Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption Moreland Commission report, which offers scathing criticism of what the commission says is a corrupt culture in Albany and recommends numerous reforms.

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Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission issued a scathing report Monday evening that criticizes what the commission says is Albany’s culture of corruption and recommends numerous reforms.

With indictments mounting amid accusations of public corruption, Albany once again has become a glaring example of all that is wrong with politics. But some see it as an opportunity for change.

Nine more names of State Senators and others potentially involved in corruption were made public Wednesday, when a judge ordered prosecutors in the case of convicted ex- Senator Shirley Huntley to make public the names of  her colleagues that she had secretly recorded.

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Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday after being accused in a nine-count indictment of embezzling nearly half-a-million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts and then trying to cover it up.

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A movement is underway in Albany for a constitutional amendment to allow for recall elections of disgraced politicians.

New York taxpayers have spent millions of dollars over the past dozen or so years on pensions for corrupt politicians no longer in office. A local member of the state delegation is now trying to change the law.

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A new statewide poll shows greater concern among New York voters about political corruption in Albany.

State senator arrested on corruption charges

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State Senator Malcolm Smith, a former Senate Majority Leader, has been arrested and indicted in a far-reaching bribery and corruption scandal.

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