1. UGH

    NY Guv’s Office Undermined Ethics Reform

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arrives for a news conference to announce a tentative contract agreement in Midtown Manhattan in New York July 17, 2014. A threatened strike on New York's Long Island Rail Road has been averted after a tentative contract agreement was reached on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference. The state-controlled MTA and the coalition of eight unions representing about 5,400 rail workers had been involved in fraught negotiations to replace a workers' contract that expired in 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS) - RTR3Z3V6

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    Despite pledges to clean up the cesspool that is Albany politics, the biggest obstacle to the ethics commission that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo created was his own office. In one example, investigators subpoenaed a media-buying firm to testify about campaign-finance violations. It turns out that the firm included the Democratic governor as a client, and when his office got wind, they told the commission to “pull it back,” which the commission did. Just halfway through the commission’s expected 18-month life, it was shut down by Cuomo, a move that is being investigated by federal prosecutors. Cuomo’s office defended the meddling, saying the commission needed the governor’s help. According to the report, the governor’s office even told the commission that the governor was completely off-limits.

    Read it at The New York Times