The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) is charged with the responsibility of monitoring and enforcing the laws and regulations on public ethics. Yes, I know that seems like something that has not actually been happening in Albany. There certainly have been many transgressions. Continue reading
George Maziarz served as a member of the New York State Senate for 20 years, from 1995 through December 31, 2014. During his time in office he was an active and aggressive legislator. He worked to provide assistance to Niagara Falls and the County of Niagara in obtaining funding and legislative changes.
Then in 2014, on the heels of the now-disbanded Moreland Commission, Senator Maziarz got himself into some legal problems linked to his election campaign account and how it was used. He spent tens of thousands of dollars of his campaign funds to hire attorneys to defend him. He declined to seek re-election in 2014. Continue reading
This post marks a minor milestone for Politics and Other Stuff. I am presenting my second annual review of local lobbying activities in state and local government. The first edition was published on May 13, 2015. Once again, this is mainly a “what we know if we do a little digging” post.
When I worked at Canisius College one of my responsibilities was to serve as the school’s registered New York State lobbyist. I became familiar with the Lobbying Commission’s rules and procedures, including the periodic reports they require. Continue reading
Erie County DA
Michael Flaherty, as previously reported, has already assembled a large campaign war chest. It’s the politics that seem to be his problem.
There are continuing reports about his lack of political skills on the campaign trail. Most of us would prefer that a DA be as non-political as possible, but that really refers to activities such as appointments, handling cases and the like. What I am referring to is the give-and-take of campaigning, working a room, etc. That does not seem to be going so well for Flaherty.
John Flynn, having been a candidate before, is more comfortable with such activities. I have not really heard much about Mark Sacha’s campaign style. Continue reading
A previous post (May 13, below) dealt with local businesses and organizations who retained state and/local lobbyists in 2014. A second post (May 26, below) reviewed the lobbyist firms as well the local individuals who own or work for those firms. Today’s post concerns campaign contributions from the principals of the firms who have a local connection. Continue reading
A recent post provided some information concerning Western New York firms and organizations that employed New York State lobbyists. This post takes a look at the lobbying firms that have done the work. Continue reading
This post is mainly a “What We Know,” or perhaps a “what we know if we do a little digging” post.
When I worked at Canisius College one of my responsibilities was to serve as the school’s registered New York State lobbyist. I became familiar with the Lobbying Commission’s rules and procedures, including the periodic reports they require.
The Lobbying Commission later became the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE. As public agencies go, JCOPE is one of the more transparent. Among the things it does is publish an annual report on lobbying activities in the state. Continue reading