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Press Reporting, Editorials & Commentary on
the NYS Corruption 2015


December 22, 2014

"The year's biggest winners and losers in state politics", NY Post, Fred Dicker

December 29, 2014

"Legislators eye boycott of Cuomo inauguration and State address", NY Post, Fred Dicker

"Assembly Speaker Silver was scrutinized by Moreland Commission", Wall Street Journal

January 2, 2014

"Silver expects to keep Assembly post despite investigation", NY Post, Aaron Short

January 5, 2015

"Senate dems disappointed over over reported GOP-IDC deal (updated)", Capitol Confidential, Matthew Hamilton

January 7, 2015

"Session begins, lacking drama", Albany Times Union, Matt Hamilton, Rick Karlin

"New Senate rules, or: it's nice to be consulted", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Watch: they're not that into you, Shelly", Capitol Confidential, Casey Seiler

"Assembly session begins, Silver re-elected but for a few dissenters", Capitol Confidential, Rick Karlin

"First day of Senate session goes as expected", Capitol Confidential, Matthew Hamilton

"Skelos on bipartisanship: 'No reason to dramatically change something that has worked well'", Capitol Confidential, Matthew Hamilton

January 8, 2015

"Graffeo to Harris Beach", Capitol Confidential, Rick Karlin

New York State Assembly: Getting Back to Work: Montesano pushes for progress in 2015, Long Island Exchange

January 12, 2015

"Assembly republican blocks coup effort against Sheldon Silver", New York Post (Fred Dicker)

January 14, 2015

"Disgraced Ex-Assemblyman Victor Lopez used $177,724 from campaign account to pay lawyers", Daily News, Glenn Blain

January 15, 2015

"Cuomo campaign spends $100K on criminal-defense attorney", Gannett, Jon Campbell

January 16, 2015

"Andrew Cuomo's Top Aide Lobbied for Firms with State Business" International Business Times, Mark Cook-Cunningham

January 21, 2015

"Wanted: A Cuomo war on Corruption", Lawrence Norden

January 21, 2015

"Wrong fix for Albany: "Why public financing fails", New York Post, Stephen Eide

January 22, 2015

"Cuomo calls for ethics reform in New York", Center for Public Integrity (NIcholas Kusnitz)

"Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges", New York Times (William Rashbaum, Thomas Kaplan, Susanne Craig)

"The Most Dangerous Man In American Politics", Buzz Ben Smith

"Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Is Accused of Taking Millions in Graft", New York Times  ((William Rashbaum, Thomas Kaplan, Susanne Craig)

"The Short Life of an Anticorruption Commission", New York Times

"Top Prosecutor Warns NY Politicians To Stay Tuned For More Corruption Arrests", Business Insider (Colin Campbell)

"One of the Most Powerful People in New York Politics is in FBC Custody", Business Insider (Colin Campbell, Hunter Walker)

"Everyone knew about Silver but no one cleaned it up", New York Post (Michael Goodwin)

"Bharara: NYs should be outraged over corrupt politicians", New York Post (Antonio Antennucci, Sophia Rosenbaum, Laura Italiano)

"Sheldon Silver's arrest means headaches for Andrew Cuomo", huffington post

January 23, 2015

"Sheldon Silver a 'grubber' who played games with his money", New York Post (Fred Dicker)

"Law Firm at Center of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums to Dems", New York Observer (Kevin Sanders)

"Did Cuomo Know about Silver?", Crains Business, Greg David

January 24, 2015

"Big fish caught, but Albany cesspool remains", Buffalo News (Donn Esmond)


January 25, 2015

"Sheldon Silver to temporarily relinquish Speaker Duties", New York Times (Susanne Craig, Thomas Kaplan)

"In Silver Case, U.S. Cites Link to Litigation Tied to Asbestos Case, New York Times, Dionne Searchey, Anemona

"Developer Who Keeped Low Profile is Embroiled in Silver Scandal, New York Times (Charles Bagli)

"Silver's law firm rakes in millions from judges he controls", Daily News (Susan Edelman, with Isabel Vincent)

"Andrew Cuomo's Dominoes", Politico Magazine (Jeff Smith)

"Sheldon Silver Built Power by Speaking Softly While Punishing Foes", Bloomberg  (Henry Goldman, Freeman Kloppott)

"Tarnished Silver: Speaker's arrest upends most everything in Albany", Crains Business (Andrew Hawkins, with Chris Bragg)

      Lawsuit Reform Alliance press release -- January 26, 2015

January 27, 2015

"The Tick-Tock begins for Andrew Cuomo", PJ Media

"A Sheldon Silver Mystery: Did He Betray NY Renters", Pro Publica (Justin Elliott)

"Sheldon Silver and the Lawyers of New York", New Yorker (Jeffrey Toobin)


January 28, 2015

"Six Days that Felled Sheldon Silver, the Speaker that Ruled Albany for Decades", New York Times (Jesse McKinley, Susanne Craig, Thomas Kaplan, William Rashbaum)

"Speaker race down to three", Albany Times Union, Casey Seiler

January 29, 2015

"Assembly Reformers Unveil Priorities Ahead of Vote to Replace Sheldon Silver", NY Observer (Ross Barkan)

January 30, 2015

"Sheldon Silver and New York's 'Cauldron of Corruption'", NYT editorial

"New York's real scandal", New York Times, Joe Nocera

"Speaker Candidate Drew Ethics Panel's Notice", New York Times,  Susanne Craig, Tom Kaplan

"Five Ways NY May Change Post -- Silver", NY Magazine

"US Attorney Investigating NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos", NBC, Jonathan Dienst, Joe Viliquette, Kevin Nious

"New York Senate leader is U.S. Attorney's new target", New York Post (Jamie Schram, Carl Campanile, Bob Fredericks)

"How Preet Bharara Became the Southern District's Million Dollar Man", BuzzFeed (Matthew Zeitlin)

"A new speaker is not enough -- rules of the Assembly must change", Union-Sun & Journal, Jane Corwin, Ray Walter

January 31, 2015

"Skelos laughs off reports he's being investigated", New York Post  (Jamie Schram, Carl Campanile, Lorena Mongelli)

"Will Silver's arrest finally spur reform?", Gannett (Joe Spector)

"Insiders recall the politics", Newsday (Mike Gormley, with Yancey Roy)

February 1, 2015

"Sheldon Silver's gang", Daily News (Wayne Barrett)

"Feds investigating Silver's influence over civil court", New York Post (Isabel Vincent, Melissa Klein, Susan Edelman)

"Shelly Silver's asbestos gold", Wall Street Journal (editorial)

"New York Campaign Finance Delusion", City Journal, Winter 2015 (Stephen Eide)

"How we can start disinfecting Albany", New York Post, Lalor

February 2, 2015

"Sheldon Silver and lawyers in politics", Overlawyered (Walter Olson)

"Why Silver can't resign -- yet", New York Post (Fred Dicker)

"The Secretive, Sleazy Process to Replace Sheldon Silver", NYT (Eleanor Randolph)

"Andrew Cuomo was 'Totally Shocked' by Sheldon Silver's Arrest", NY Observer (Ross Barkan) -- blames corruption on legislature

"Pushing Ethics Reforms,Cuomo wants Lawmakers to Reveal Income, or Lose it", New York Times, (Alexander Burns, Susanne Craig)

"Bharara creates a grim guessing game in Albany", Capital New York (Jimmy Vielkind)

"Cuomo threatens shutdown over ethics reforms", Capital NY (Colby Hamilton, Jimmy Vielkind)

"Cuomo pushing ethics reforms for pols, threatens to block budget until they are in place", Daily News (Ken Lovett, Jennifer Fermino)

"Reform groups: Assembly missing opportunity for change", Capitol Confidential (Casey Seiler)

"All eyes on Assembly following Sheldon Silver's resignation as Speaker", Legislative Gazette

"Cuomo must follow through on commitment to ethics reform", Pipe Dream (David Forrest)

"Cuomo vows: no ethics reform, no budget", Crains Business (Andrew Hawkins)

February 3, 2015

"Cuomo using state budget to push ethics reform", NY Post (Carl Campanile, Bob Fredericks, Ben Fuerherd)

"Sheldon Silver's 21 year reign as speaker comes to an end", NY Post (Aaron Short)

"Opinion: A rush to take Shelly's 'reform' advice", NY Post (Scott Blackburn)

"Heastie elected Speaker of NYS Assembly" NYT (Jesse McKinley)

"Amid Assembly Shakeup, Cuomo Attempts to Capture Ethics High Ground", Gotham Gazette (David Howard King)

"JCOPE: We're still here and we want reform, too", Capitol Confidential (Rick Karlin)

"Schneiderman paying attention to corruption cases that should be a prority for DAs", Buffalo News, editorial

February 5, 2015

"Cuomo pushing reforms, but how far will he go?", Karen DeWitt

February 6, 2015

"Two New York State Legislators' legal cases reach conclusion", Karen DeWitt

"Cuomo Officials Directed State Loan to Cuomo Donor at Center of Corruption Probe", International Business Times (David Sirota)

"New York's sleeze incentive", NY Post, editorial

February 7, 2015

"Cuomo threatens shutdown over ethics reform", Gannett (Jon Campbell)

"New NY speaker's challenges: Budget, ethics overhaul", auburncitizen.com/AP


February 8, 2015

"Battle over ethics could get ugly", Buffalo News, Bob McCarthy

"Chartock: So much for reform in the New York state legislature", Daily Freeman

"Insiders say Cuomo is rattled by Silver corruption case", New York Post (Fred Dicker)

February 9, 2015

"Gov. Cuomo denies connection between ending Moreland Commission, Silver charges: 'If Anthony Weinder shows his private parts, do you blame Obama?", Daily News, Adam Edelman

"Federal Prosecutors Lauch Assault on Public Corruption in New York State", Wall Street Journal (Rebecca Davis O'Brien, Erica Orden)

February 10, 2015

"NY Prosecutor Preet Bharara disputes Gov's corruption claim" , MSNBC (Ari Melber)

"US Attorney Preet Bharara Criticizes Albany Politics in TV Interview", Wall Street Journal (Mike Vilensky)

"Bharara sees corruption 'all over' New York State", Buffalo News (Jerry Zremski)

"NY Democrats say reform of legislators' outside income should not wait", WRVO Radio, (Karen DeWitt)

February 11, 2015

"Debate over 'Three Men in a Room' in Albany", WAMC Radio (Karen DeWitt)

February 14, 2015

"NY Legislators   " AP (David Klepper)

"Albany lawmakers cry foul", Daily News (Ken Lovett)

February 16, 2015

"The Albany Chronicles", New Yorker (Jeffrey Toobin)

 Columbia Program

"How good eggs in Albany can stop the rot", NY Daily News (Errol Lewis)

"Cuomo: strip pensions from corrupt officials", Casey Seiler

"Cuomo says there will always be some corruption in Albany", Daily News (Aaron Short)

February 18, 2015

"Probe of Maziarz looks into diversion of campaign funds", Buffalo News (Matthew Spina)

February 19, 2015

"Grand jury indicts Sheldon Silver; read complete document", Capitol Confidential (Matthew Hamilton)  "Grand jury indicts Silver"

February 20, 2015

"Cuomo ties ethics reforms with $142 billion budget", Gannett (Joseph Spector)

February 23, 2015

"Watchdog groups press for Legislature income cap", Gannett (Joseph Spector)

February 24, 2015

"Poll: Corruption a 'Very Serious' Problem in NY Government", Wall Street Journal (Erica Orden)

February 25, 2015

"Cuomo's office; "no employee of the executive chamber' has been subpoenaed" Gannett (Jon Campbell)

"Timely budget more important than Cuomo's ethics reforms: poll", NY Post (Aaron Short)

"Cuomo on Bharara's probe, his book deal, and his ethics plans", Capital New York (Jimmy Vielkind)

February 26, 2015

"Now, Four Men in the Room", Wall Street Journal (Mike Vilensky)

"Budgeting Ethics in Albany", NYT editorial

"Erasing emails proves Cuomo's vow of transparency is a sham", NY Post (Bob McManus)

March 2, 2015

"Catsimatidis trying to slip pricey biofeuls mandate into budget", NY Post (Fred Dicker)

March 6, 2015

"'Three men' deaf to calls for change", Times Union (Matthew Hamilton)

Preet Bharara at Fordham Law

March 10, 2015

"Ethics reform left out of Assembly spending proposals", NY Post (Carl Campanile)

March 11, 2015

"Budget process keeps same corrupt system", Record (Ken Hall)

"Heastie defends...mettings ", Capital New York (Josepha Velasquez)

March 12, 2015

"Heastie, Cuomo express frustrations over budget negotiations", WRVO Public Radio, Karen DeWitt

March 13, 2015

"A not-so-grand bargain for New York State", Daily Freeman (Alan Chartock)

"Senate leader says differences should not lead to late budget", NY Now, DeWitt

"WATCH: Senator scolds men leaders for meeting without a 'mother'" Gannett (Joseph Spector)

March 14, 2015

"How not to raise the age", Marshal Project (Alexandra Cox)

"Why Governor Cuomo's Education Proposals are As Bad for Students As They Are For Teachers", The Nation (Leah Brunski)


May 7, 2015

"Amid Further Ethics Scandals, What Can Cuomo Do Now?", Gotham Gazette (David Howard King)

May 26, 2015

"End Corruption   (Op-Ed by Schneiderman in Albany Times Union)


"NY Agency, Joint Commission on Public Ethics, Faces Questions", Mike Vilensky, Josh Dawsey,

Empire Page

"Letting the Sun In: the State of New York Government Transparency", Gotham Gazette/Citizens Union, David Howard King

December 2013 interview of local legislators

"City & State wins 4 NY Press Association Awards"

July 1  "Journalisms non-profit surge", Capital New York

"The Marshall Project's charmed launch", Capital New York, Joe Pompeo

   The Marshall Project

September 17, 2014

"Where's Preet? The unanswered question in Chevron v. Donziger", Fortune, Roger Parloff

"Behind the Silver Lining: Profiting as lawyer and a lawmaker", Daily News, May 18, 2003

"Silver Defends Appointment of a Law Firm Colleague to a Judicial Panel", New York Times, March 1, 2008 (Jeremy Peters)

"A law unto ourselves", Daily News, March 15, 2015 editorial


"There are liars,  damn liars, then there's Fred Dicker"

"Gov. Cuomo retools team for 2nd term", Daily News, January 11, 2015 (Ken Lovett)


Albany Project:  "Are you listening Albany, Because Preet Bharara is Talking to You"


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