Public advocate Bill de Blasio is trying to shame the commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission into requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose their political spending.
Andrew Cuomo stuck to a tight script yesterday when asked about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's quiet settlement of sexual harassment claims against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, which entailed having a $100,000 payout approved by staffers in the comptroller's and attorney general's offices.
After emails were released to reporters showing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's office had several rounds of conversations with a lawyer in Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office about a sexual harassment case against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the A.G. released a statement saying that the Assembly's decision to keep an eventual settlement private was "inappropriate and contrary to the public interest."(1)
Before the Assembly issued a $103,080 payment to settle a sexual harassment case against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's office was in touch with a lawyer in the attorney general's office about it.
NOW-NYC and Common Cause NY want JCOPE to investigate Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s role in the Vito Lopez scandal. [Freeman Klopott]
Silver: “I would welcome a JCOPE investigation, as a JCOPE inquiry would supersede any confidentiality agreements that exist and allow all of the facts to come out. Those facts will show that any decision by the Assembly to enter into any settlement agreement was both legal and ethical and made out of deference to the wishes of the complainants. In addition the Assembly has written to counsel in any previous settlement asking for a release from any confidentiality clauses that may exist so that we can legally and properly release to the public all information relating to any settlement and how it was reached.”
Former Governor David Paterson agreed with New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker, who said the state comptroller and attorney general were “in” on Silver’s $103,080 payment to settle the Lopez claim. [@AziPaybarah]
The state attorney general's probe of the energy drink industry gets more attention. [Christopher Robbins]
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seemed unsure of whether he was making history.
After announcing felony charges against State Senator Shirley Huntley for misappropriating money earmarked for a nonprofit in her Southeast Queens district, the freshman attorney general was asked when was the last time an attorney general filed criminal charges against a sitting lawmaker.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a statement in response to the shooting outside the Empire State Building this morning, offering thoughts and prayers to the victims, and reiterating the need for legislative action to protect the public from gun violence.(13)
After years of toiling in the shadow of Chuck Schumer and Andrew Cuomo, two notoriously press-hungry bosses, Lawsky was, rather suddenly, the subject of a flurry of profiles in the business press, which tried to determine exactly who he was and why he was suddenly breaking with federal regulators in Washington to launch his own action.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has requested financial information from tax-exempt organizations that appear to be vehicles for spending unlimited amounts of undisclosed donor money to influence this year's election. The request is part of Schneiderman's ongoing effort to expose the way these organizations work and how they're funded, if not actually to curtail their activities.
The groups, including one affiliated with Republican strategist Karl Rove and one run by supporters of President Obama, are making use of a wrinkle in election law that allows them to operate with almost no restrictions or transparency.
Eric Schneiderman, New York's Democratic attorney general, is trying to win a fight over independent campaign expenditures that his party, for the moment, is losing badly.(1)
The William M. Bulger Excellence in State Leadership Award is from the National Conference of State Legislatures and will be presented at their annual conference in Chicago on August. 7. [Saugerties Post Star]
Silver: "I don't use email at all." [Ken Lovett]
Silver has $2.8 million in the bank. [Nick Reisman]
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman raised $1.1 million in the past six months. [Associated Press]
The former head of NARAL-NY, Kelli Conlin, has already admitted she stole $75,000 from the nonprofit she ran from 1992 to 2001. Today, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is filing a civil lawsuit against Conlin that alleges a far more egregious misuse of NARAL-NY's money.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had something of a star turn at one of the big fund-raisers featuring Bill Clinton and President Obama last night.
Cuomo's distance from Obama is underscored by the relatively robust relationship the president has with his successor in the New York State attorney general's office.
At an early evening fund-raiser in the Rubin Museum, gay-rights advocates celebrated President Obama's new stance on same-sex marriage.