Moreland Commission Hasn’t Met In 2014; Rice Might Not Be Replaced

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Trials/Hearings

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s decision to run for Congress prompted her to step down as one of the three co-chairs of the governor’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Asked on Wednesday if he plans to replace Rice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested that a new co-chair would be found but left open the possibility that there would be no replacement. “We are looking,” the governor said during a Q&A with reporters. “If we find a good one—we’re looking for… [More]

Parents of Killed Construction Worker Defend State’s Scaffold Law

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Labor/Unions, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation, Trials/Hearings

As supporters and opponents of the state’s Scaffold Law gear up for a battle in Albany next year, the parents of a worker killed at a New York City construction site are calling on state legislators to keep the law on the books in order to prevent similar accidents. The law imposes an “absolute liability” standard on contractors and property owners for gravity-related injuries at a construction site. Critics argue that the law fails to account for worker behavior and… [More]

Bharara Calls For Forfeiture of Corrupt Pols’ Pensions

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Trials/Hearings

At a Moreland Commission public hearing in Manhattan on Tuesday night U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced his office will seek new fines that would reduce public pensions that corrupt elected officials earn. “That error of state law, partially fixed a couple of years ago, must succumb to common sense,” he said in his testimony. “The common-sense principle is a simple one: Convicted politicians should not grow old comfortably cushioned by a pension paid for by the very people they betrayed in office.” Bharara noted that… [More]

Setting the Agenda: Good Government

Written by Stephen Witt on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Government Operations, Trials/Hearings

The New York State Capitol in Albany. (Photo: Looks Eeseen) The opinions of lawmakers and government watchdog groups regarding good-governance reforms in Albany’s recently completed 2013 legislative session have a lot in common with the perception of beauty: They are all in the eye of the beholder. While several measures aimed at cleaning up government were proposed and debated separately in both cham-bers of the statehouse, none came close to becoming law. However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has convened a Moreland… [More]