A political controversy involving the issue of abortion has erupted this summer at the state’s ethics commission. It stems from whether some not for profit groups should be granted exemptions from publicly disclosing their donors.
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, known as JCOPE, is charged with increasing financial transparency when it comes to politicians and the groups who lobby them.
The legislature left Albany last week with some unfinished business. They did not agree on Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, and Cuomo says at least one house should return to pass some of the bill’s provisions.
On Tuesday, NARAL Pro-Choice had their annual lobby day in Albany. Before that actually began, a few legislators in support of the organization spoke to the group before they started knocking on doors. As you might expect, several Democratic lawmakers addressed the crowd, like Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Yonkers) and Liz Krueger (Manhattan) but there were two Republican members of the Assembly there as well. Teresa Sayward (Adirondacks) and Joel Miller (Poughkeepsie), incidentally both retiring at the end of the year, also addressed the crowd. Miller, one of the more commanding speakers in his chamber, is not your traditional conservative Republican. He’s voted for same-sex marriage three times in the Assembly and started off his speech by telling the audience about his recent experience as a Planned Parenthood volunteer. For more on the event, tune into New York NOW this weekend.