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Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired the first salvo today in what he says will be an ongoing campaign against public corruption.
Cuomo was joined by a number of county district attorneys at a press conference at his Manhattan office today where he announced a push to create a "Public Trust Act" that would increase penalties for existing public corruption laws and establish three new criminal acts: bribing a public official, scheming to corrupt the government and failing to report corruption.
Legislators convicted of corruption charges would be banned from holding office and would not be able to do business with the state.
"The public expects honesty," Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said at the press conference, "and it's time our laws caught up with reality."
Asked by reporters why his proposal didn't include giving more power to the attorney general to investigate corruption, Cuomo said that today's announcement was "step one."
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has joined with 37 other states in agreeing to a settlement with Google for its unauthorized collecting of personal data from unsecured wireless networks across the country.
The attorney general's office said today that Google collected and stored text messages, photos, passwords and web use history without telling consumers.
As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to destroy the information, train employees how not to violate consumer privacy and pay a $7 million fine to the states affected by the charges. Google is valued at over $265 billion.
New York will recieve $192,000 as part of the settlement.
“Consumers have a right to protect their vital personal and financial information from improper and unwanted use by corporations like Google,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “This settlement addresses privacy issues and protects the rights of people whose information was collected without their permission. My office will continue to hold corporations accountable for violating the rights of New Yorkers.”