David Paterson Tag All blog entries tagged as David Paterson http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:24:42 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Diaz Says Albany Has Ethical Double Standard http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/08/14/diaz-says-albany-has-ethical-double-standard- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/08/14/diaz-says-albany-has-ethical-double-standard-

The Daily News recently highlighted a $100,000 donation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by Extell Development that appears to have been made the same day as a piece of legisaltion that granted the company tax breaks was passed in the Assembly. The tax breaks applied to the One57 building at 157 W. Fifth St., and others.

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This spring, as a number of minority legislators were busted in corruption cases and wiretapped by other minority legisaltors, some began to question whether minority legislators from the city were being singled out. The New York Times ran an article on the issue.

A number of legislators have recently mentioned an incident that took place during Gov. David Paterson's waning days in office. Paterson took tickets to The World Series from the Yankees and was subsequently fined $62,125 by The Public Integrity Commission — the ethics group that has now been replaced by Cuomo's Joint Public Commission On Public Ethics.

The scandal added to Paterson's many woes as he was trying to mount his campaign for governor. Paterson eventually dropped out and Cuomo — who had already announced his campaign — no longer had a primary against a black candidate as he did during his failed 2002 run for governor.

Some legislators point out that there have been a number of incidents that seem ethically dubious involving Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver that have gone uninvestigated — incidents similar to the Yankee ticket scandal or perhaps worse.

No ethics group is investigating Silver's mishandling of sexual harassment charges or the fact that the Cuomo administration negotiated a deal to keep the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo that included a 12-seat luxury suite. The Cuomo administration said the box will be used to promote Buffalo and some elected officials will pay to use the box.

But others criticized the deal.

“No government agency needs to lease a luxury suite to market upstate New York,” former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky told The New York Times at the time. “If they need to buy tickets, that’s fine, then they buy them on an as-needed basis. The cost of the luxury suite is being paid by the taxpayer, remember that.”

Now that Cuomo has freed the Moreland Commisison to investigate corruption and campaign finance, Diaz and other lawmakers wonder if it will truly analyze powerful leaders like Cuomo. The commission has subpoenad developers who have donated to Cuomo but Diaz remains skeptical:

Let’s see how bold and fearless the Moreland Act Commission is when it pursues compliance with the subpoenas it served on the One57 building management Let’s see how the Governor’s Commission investigates what appears to be corrupt and improper influence by luxury developers.

Let’s see if the Commission investigates the role and timing of the $100K donation to the Governor’s political campaign.

Will we see a quiet resolution of these subpoenas with no inquiry into the Extell donations to Governor Andrew Cuomo?

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:08:02 +0000
State Budget Restores Funding to Spinal Cord Injury Research Program http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/03/29/state-budget-restores-some-funds-to-spinal-cord-injury-research-program http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/03/29/state-budget-restores-some-funds-to-spinal-cord-injury-research-program New York State had funded a successful grant program for spinal cord injury research that was funded by surcharges on speeding tickets until Gov. David Paterson diverted the cash from the tickets into the state's general fund.

As I wrote earlier this year the program has lead to some major breakthroughs in the field, lured prominent researchers to the state and created good jobs.

This year's state budget takes a step towards restoring funding to the program by allocating $2 million out of the usual $8.5 million that used to go to the program.

Terry O'Neill who has championed the program since its inception sent the following letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver thanking him for restoring the funding.

29 March 2013

Hon. Sheldon Silver
Office of the Speaker
New York State Assembly
Room 932 LOB
Albany, NY 12248

Dear Speaker Silver:

It was gratifying and touching to read your press release this week announcing that $2 million in funding has been restored to the state budget to continue the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) enacted by Chapter 338 of the Laws of 1998.

This program came into being when I was able to bring my friend Paul Richter, a State Trooper who had been shot and paralyzed in the line of duty in 1973, together with my great friend and benefactor former Assembly Assistant Speaker Ed Griffith. SCIRP was the crowning achievement of Mr. Griffith’s long and distinguished career in service to the good people of the 40th Assembly District. I am glad to see his legacy continued.

In the years since SCIRP grants began to be awarded, great and promising things have been achieved in neurological research and New York’s reputation for pioneering leadership in the advancement of human welfare has been considerably enhanced. Thank you for your leadership in preserving and furthering this historic investment in our future.

Yours truly,
 
TERRY O’NEILL
Director

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:38:59 +0000
Today's Lead Story: State Looks For Quick Action on Gun Laws http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/21/todays-lead-story-state-looks-for-quick-action-on-gun-laws- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/21/todays-lead-story-state-looks-for-quick-action-on-gun-laws-

State Looks For Quick Action on Gun Laws

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to toughen New York's gun laws and according to The Times Union Cuomo wants to do it as soon as next week. A source told the times union that a gubernatorial aide presented Senate Republicans with a draft of proposed gun legislation on Wednesday but Republicans turned it down. Republicans deny turning down any legislation. A myriad of Assemblyman have confirmed they were asked to stay in Albany on Wednesday in case a special session came to fruition this week but now all eyes or on Dec. 28. Cuomo has said he will address the issue of gun violence in his Jan. 9 State of the State Address but with the action in Albany it seems like something could happen much sooner. Cuomo has said he wants to eliminate loopholes in the state's assault weapons ban. Meanwhile, the Times Union reports that the same venue Cuomo will give his State of the State address in next year will also scheduled to host a gun show two weeks after the speech.




In the Press...

Fear, Death and Rumors in Queens High Rise (NY Times)

City's Incarceration Rate Plummets (City Room)

Bloomberg Vows to Redouble Efforts on Gun Control (NY Times)

New York Stock Exchange Sells Itself (Crain's)

Unemployment Rate Tumbles (Crain's)

Former Gov. Paterson Loses Radio Show (NY Post)

Volunteers Try to Plug Gaps in Hurricane Response (Capital)

Suit On Police Stops is Reinstated (NY Times)

Liu Calls for Increase in Minimum Wage and Sick Pay (NY Times)

Legislators Rally For Tougher Gun Laws (Gotham Gazette)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:50:24 +0000