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NY Senate Coalition Collapses

NY Senate coalition topples; IDC to rejoin with Democrats The Journal News Joseph Spector June 25, 2014 ALBANY – The five-member Independent Democratic Conference announced Wednesday it would seek to share power with Senate Democrats after the November elections, ending the coalition with Republicans that ran the Senate for the past two years. The move […]

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Federal Prosecutors Probe State Senator Maziarz’s Campaign

Feds probe campaign expenses of N.Y. Sen. George D. Maziarz Maziarz camp made purchases from treasurer’s business Albany Times-Union Brendan J. Lyons July 18, 2014 A federal investigation of state Sen. George D. Maziarz is examining dozens of payments to the family of Maziarz’s longtime re-election committee treasurer as well as tens of thousands of dollars in […]

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Tapes in State Senator’s Trial Reveal Quid Pro Quo Arrangements

Tapes in State Senator’s Trial Reveal Quid Pro Quo Arrangements New York Times Joseph Berger June 9, 2014 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — State Senator Malcolm A. Smith had a Plan A and a Plan B. He told two men who were working surreptitiously for federal authorities that he wanted to run for mayor of New York on […]

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Albany’s Year Ending With No Votes on Key NY Issues

Albany’s year ending with no votes on key NY issues Oneida Daily Dispatch David Klepper and Josefa Velasquez June 9, 2014 ALBANY >> Facing fall re-election campaigns and an increasingly volatile political climate, state lawmakers are expected to adjourn their 2014 session without voting on high-profile issues including medical marijuana, public campaign financing and a […]

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Rubin in the Syracuse Post-Standard: We Have a Ringside Seat for New York’s Public Campaign Financing Experiment

We have a ringside seat for New York’s public campaign financing experiment David M. Rubin Syracuse Post-Standard June 8, 2014 Buckling to pressure from the Working Families Party (WFP) last weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised yet again to force the Legislature to pass a bill supporting the public financing of elections. He cut this controversial deal with […]

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WFP Backs Koppell Over Klein, But Unions Split

WFP backs Koppell over Klein, but unions split Crain’s New York Chris Bragg June 2, 2014 Lost in the chaos of the Working Families Party’s Saturday night convention was the party’s state committee’s endorsement of challengers to two members of the Independent Democratic Conference, including the co-leader of the state Senate, a WFP spokesman confirmed. […]

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The Buffalo News: State Board of Elections Ruling Opens the Campaign Cash Spigot Even Wider

State Board of Elections ruling opens the campaign cash spigot even wider The Buffalo News June 2, 2014 The decision by the state Board of Elections declaring that political campaign donors will no longer be subject to a $150,000 limit in contributions per year to candidates or political groups in New York sends a clear […]

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After Bruising Floor Fight, Cuomo Wins W.F.P. Nomination

After bruising floor fight, Cuomo wins W.F.P. nomination Capital New York Laura Nahmias May 31, 2014 COLONIE—Governor Andrew Cuomo clinched the nomination of the Working Families Party late Saturday, capturing 58 percent of the state committee’s weighted vote afterpromising to campaign for a Democrat-controlled state Senate that would carry forward the party’s progressive platform. The vote […]

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Without Public Campaign Finance, Senate Coalition a “Failure,” Cuomo Says

Without public campaign finance, Senate coalition a “failure,” Cuomo says Journal News Jon Campbell May 29, 2014 Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday increased the pressure on the Senate’s majority coalition, saying he will “act accordingly” if the chamber fails to pass a public campaign finance package. Cuomo is facing intense pressure from liberal groups — […]

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Conservative Party Puts Legislators on Alert Over Campaign Finance

Conservative party puts legislators on alert over campaign finance Legislative Gazette Matthew Dondiego May 27, 2014 A memo from the Conservative Party of New York state sent to all 213 legislators last week reaffirms the party’s opposition to taxpayer funded elections — one of the most controversial issues still being debated as this year’s legislative […]

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