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Anti-Corruption Should Begin With Cuomo

April 29, 2013

To the Readers’ Forum: We read, with interest, the article from the April 10 paper describing the new ‘‘Anti-Corruption Measures’’ proposed by Governor Cuomo. It is called the ‘‘Public Trust Act....

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May-12-13 8:35 AM

You are right C. & C. Fiedler, NYS can't fix a pot hole but are very energetic in passing the bathroom bill so a ho ho pervert can go winky tink with little girls and boys. Crazy? YES!

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May-09-13 5:20 PM

Biden will not oppose Hillary----in fact why do you righties think this sham of a hearing on bengazi is under way? Randy Paul supports preventing Hillary from ever holding public office---I guess he's running---CHUCKLE, CHUCKLE.

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May-03-13 8:02 PM

I once paid a $20 bribe to a crooked cop in a third-world country to avoid a trumped-up traffic ticket. That's got nothing on the graft and corruption in American politics these days.

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May-02-13 9:22 PM

sorta the trickle down effect......that makes sense.

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May-02-13 10:36 AM

anti-corruption should begin where corruption can be charged and proven---------

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Apr-30-13 4:58 PM

perry como?

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Apr-30-13 4:04 PM

You're right on, Mackenzie, about pols passing laws and the exempting themselves from them. Right before the present recess started, Dems were trying to quietly get themselves and their staffs exempted from Obamacare. Remember when Obama was trying to fill his cabinet appointments in his first term. Geithner,Daschle,Sebelius,Grandholm and others including Kerry and Rangel all caught cheating on their taxes. It then occurred to me that the reason Democrats love raising taxes is because a great many of them don't pay their fair share.

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Apr-30-13 3:55 PM

Thomas77, your 9:54AM post mentions big business among special interests. You should know that public unions spend more money influencing politicians than any other special interest BY FAR. It's a big mistake for people to call all politicians corrupt. There are some recently elected Congressmen who have gone to Washington to try and fix the political process. Trouble is there are too many voterswho disregard a politician's record and vote for the party. Then there are those like donkeyboy who call any valid criticism "sour grapes" while neither understanding,nor caring, about what is really going down.

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Apr-30-13 2:34 PM

I just took a poll at PBS-they want to know if you want more gun control.Please go and let them know how you feel.

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Apr-30-13 2:24 PM

And, if you don't think that our elected politicians have become an elite ruling class, watch their actions.

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Apr-30-13 2:23 PM

I am stunned by the "disagrees" with my 4/29, 7:39pm post. This is why America is in decline, individuals that believe, no matter what, that our politicians should stay in office. Irregardless if they break the law. I am equal opportunity in my belief ALL corrupt politicians need to be purged from office, never being eligible to run again! With people apparently believing that corrupt politicians are ok and somehow exempt from the laws we have to adhere to, is very scary.

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Apr-30-13 8:18 AM

That takes real audacity to call it the public trust act! If they wanted people to trust this act, then they would of given the public time to read the act before it was passed! How ridiculous!!!

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Apr-30-13 7:45 AM

Comrade Cuomo. Bus driver wanna be right into Sheepville . Soulless elected officials must be ousted .Better yet never put into office to begin with. Guaranteed the majority that step into a voting booth are cluless regarding policies and character. Cute names and promises often can sway Joe Voter to pull that handle ::: and keep pulling that handle no matter how downward the spiral . accountability a must . got to be active . got to be involved else the sheep herding soulless will hoist the victory fist.

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Apr-29-13 7:41 PM

btw, Cuomo's law will only protect his cronies. Republicans and Democrats have become a protected, elite ruling class where the very laws they pass do not apply to them.

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Apr-29-13 7:39 PM

This corruption and not following the laws is exactly why the electorate(us) need a way to fire our politicians, when they act outside the law or parlimentary procedures when they violate our rights. Recall perhaps? Whatever we do, it will be the only way to keep them honest.

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Apr-29-13 7:37 PM

I did the same, mrinbetween. I'm still waiting for Schumer's office to call me back, because the person answering the phone did not "know" the answer. A supervisor would be calling me back to give me the answer to this question: What guarantee could the dear Senator make to us that the universal background checks would not lead to a national registration. Problem is, they don't want to answer that question. They would have to lie. Still waiting(I called 2 weeks ago, just before the vote).

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Apr-29-13 11:50 AM

if nys reversed course on roe v. wade or marriage equality in the middle of the night then the shoe would be on the other foot for some of you morons that are too simple to admit that it was a shaft job.

i don't even have to name the morons. we know who they are.

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Apr-29-13 9:54 AM

All these career politicians are corrupt. That is the only word that can define the democrat and republican politicians. Every congressmen and senator in the U.S. government when investigated would have financial ties to big business and special interest groups. They are so full of themselves that they do it right out in the open, because none of them are afraid of being arrested.

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Apr-29-13 9:05 AM

that is from the governor's website...I agree that corruption of public officials may be an issue this sounds to me like anyone making a large campaign contribution could be guilty of bribery. Once again this is an after the fact reaction to the congressmen and senators that just got busted for corruption and fixing elections. If someone has the mentality to take a bribe to begin with, I am not sure a harsher penalty will dissuade them from continuing to do so.

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Apr-29-13 9:03 AM

Under current state law, a prosecutor has to prove that there was a corrupt agreement or understanding between the person paying the bribe and the person receiving the bribe. This is not required under federal law and is an unduly heavy burden. Under the new Public Servant Bribery provision, a prosecutor would only have to prove that the person paying the bribe “intended” to influence the public official or that the person receiving it intended to be so influenced, bringing state law in line with the federal standard. Bribery penalties would be increased, lowering the threshold for a Class C felony from $10,000 to $5,000, the amount of money used to bribe, and to $10,000 and above for a Class B felony.

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Apr-29-13 8:58 AM

I have contacted my senators. If their names are Schumer and Gillebrand you are just wasting your time.

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Apr-29-13 8:41 AM

there is no "NEW NORM" or liberal playbook, for middle of the nite bill votes and passage--simply politics as usual......the bi-partisan approach.

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Apr-29-13 8:39 AM

enter the kooks... two of them already got the jump on me... when is this pj backwoods nonsense going to stop wtf

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Apr-29-13 5:25 AM

como needs to start with his own office. most corrupt in state history.

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Apr-29-13 3:07 AM

Cuomo took a page out of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid playbook. It seems the middle of the night passage of laws is the new norm for Democrats. As long as those controlling the Democratic Party are left in power, our country will continue it's downward slide into becoming a banana republic. When one considers what has transpired over the past four years, we're almost there now.

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