Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joe Percoco, is waiting to find out whether he will be convicted of bribery and other charges as a jury continues to deliberate in federal court. Government reform groups say regardless of the verdict, the trial highlighted some questionable but legal practices in New York that they say taint the governor’s reputation and need to be fixed.
Later Monday, the first of a series of federal corruption trials begins for several former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco.
This year will be one of criminal trials for former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the New York State Legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms in 2018.
Governor Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order committing the state to meet the Paris accord standards, calling President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible."
A new online ad featuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo and promoting tolerance has once again fueled talk that New York’s governor may be planning a presidential run. There are some questions, though, about the ad and its donors.
Governor Andrew Cuomo saved his ethics proposals for the last stop of his State of the State tour in Albany, where he released a 10-point plan to address rampant corruption that has reached his own administration.
Governor Cuomo concedes that ethics reform is unlikely to be a part of the New York State budget, despite the conviction of the two legislative leaders on major corruption charges. Cuomo blames the legislature for lack of will to enact changes.
The new leader of the State Senate, John Flanagan, replaced Dean Skelos, who is facing corruption charges. On Day Two in office, Flanagan says he does not expect any major new reform legislation to happen before the end of the session.
Governor Cuomo is using money from his $35 million campaign war chest to pay for a criminal defense lawyer in a federal probe of his office. Critics say while it’s legal to do so, it’s not an appropriate use of campaign money.
A local member of the state delegation is calling for an investigation into the practices of big auto insurers. A recent study shows some companies hike their rates as much as $400 a year for drivers without a college degree.
A new statewide study reveals the high cost of being of poor. According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, big auto insurers charge less educated and lower-tier workers higher rates.
Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.