Politics

Matt Ryan

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was  sentenced to 12 year in prison  and told by a federal judge that he must give back $5 million dollars that he stole from the public, as well a pay another $1.75 million dollars in fines.

Governor Cuomo, spoke for the first time since news broke that his former close associate is under federal investigation for possibly taking illegal payments from developers working on state economic development projects.

Former top aid Joe Percoco left his state job for several months in 2014 when he managed Cuomo’s re election campaign. Cuomo says  Percoco told him  that he might do some other consulting work while he was off the state pay roll, but Percoco did not tell him who the clients were and the governor said he did not ask.

A new poll finds that voters want corruption in state government addressed before lawmakers adjourn the 2016 session.

A full 97% of those surveyed say that passing new laws to curb the bad behavior of lawmakers is their number one priority as the legislature returns form a three week break. The majority want to see legislators convicted of felonies  stripped of their public pensions, but are split on whether outside income should be limited.

The New York State legislature has been on a three week break. In their absences, federal investigations into aides close to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor  Bill deBlasio have intensified, spurring even more calls for reform.

The legislature returns next Tuesday for the final push in a session that ends in late June, as two burgeoning corruption scandals in both Governor Cuomo’s and New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio’s administration widen. Also, both former leaders of the legislature will be sentenced in the next few days on multiple felony convictions.

Cuomo’s former top aide at the center of a federal probe earned over $100,000 in income from two firms involved in Governor Cuomo’s economic development projects, according to financial disclosure forms.

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