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Democrat & Chronicle: State budget on time, but off base on ethics reforms

State budget on time, but off base on ethics reforms Democrat & Chronicle April 1, 2014 In shepherding the state’s fourth straight on-time spending plan through the Legislature this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves credit not only for enforcing fiscal discipline, but political discipline. The state’s budget process no longer drags months past the April […]

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The Buffalo News: Proposals to kill the Moreland commission, enact weak campaign finance reforms are insufficient

Proposals to kill the Moreland commission, enact weak campaign finance reforms are insufficient The Buffalo News April 1, 2014 As discussion of the state’s $138 billion budget wends through its final course, Senate and Assembly leaders must take time to block action on a campaign finance reform plan that falls woefully short of any real […]

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Syracuse Post-Standard: Ups and downs: Thumbs mostly down on the state budget

Ups and downs: Thumbs mostly down on the state budget Syracuse Post-Standard March 31, 2014 Public campaign financing: A cop-out limits it to comptroller We say … thumbs down to the “pilot program” that institutes a system of public campaign financing for the comptroller’s office only, and for this election cycle only. It’s a cop-out. […]

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Staten Island Advance: Public funding would boost state legislative races

Public funding would boost state legislative races Staten Island Advance March 22, 2014 A strong case can be made for extending to New York State legislative campaigns the type of access to public funding that is offered in New York City Council races. Citizens Union does just that by comparing elections in New York City […]

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Democrat & Chronicle: Final push needed on campaign finance reform

Final push needed on campaign finance reform Democrat & Chronicle March 21, 2014 As he prepares to seek reelection this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has more than $33 million in his campaign war chest and not much to show for his pledge to overhaul the state’s campaign finance laws. The governor can fufill that promise this month […]

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The New York Times: Can New York Lead on Campaign Finance Reform?

Can New York Lead on Campaign Finance Reform? New York Times March 13, 2014 Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers in New York State are tantalizingly close to making political history by enacting a campaign-finance reform law that not only would weaken the power of special interests and make elections more competitive, but also could set […]

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The New York Times: Gov. Cuomo’s Cleanup Campaign

Gov. Cuomo’s Cleanup Campaign New York Times February 2, 2014 Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make the fight against corruption in Albany a major theme in his re-election campaign this year. Given the arrests, convictions and accusations of misbehavior involving state legislators in recent years, that makes sense. And to show he’s serious this time, […]

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Democrat & Chronicle: Gov. Cuomo Must Prove He’s Serious About Reform

Cuomo must prove he’s serious about campaign finance reform The governor and state lawmakers must finally act on campaign finance changes Democrat and Chronicle January 27, 2014 Other than Republicans in the state Senate, very few constituencies argue against the crying need for campaign finance reform in New York. Indeed, such measures are favored by […]

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Daily Messenger: Campaign-finance reform must be priority

OUR VIEW: Campaign-finance reform must be priority Daily Messenger January 22, 2014 Canandaigua, N.Y. Donald Trump is scheduled to attend a Republican fundraiser in Buffalo on Jan. 31, and says he’d consider a run for governor. Given the money needed to conduct such a campaign, Trump’s one of the few who could afford it. One […]

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The Buffalo News: Cuomo’s emphasis on ethics reform gets to the heart of Albany corruption

Cuomo’s emphasis on ethics reform gets to the heart of Albany corruption The Buffalo News  January 21, 2014 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed state budget is a robust plan that, if it holds together, anticipates a surplus in two years while cutting business taxes, freezing property taxes, increasing aid to education, establishing state-paid, full-day prekindergarten […]

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