Statement from Reclaim New York Executive Director Brandon Muir: “Ulster County lawmakers are considering a proposal to impose term limits on elected officials. Instead of welcoming a substantive conversation about reform, County Executive Mike Hein issued an overtly political statement targeting Reclaim New York to stifle citizen action. Hein’s statement was riddled with inaccuracies regarding Reclaim’s founding and mission. Spewing … Read More


The corruption trial of former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros and major upstate developers began last week. Kaloyeros allegedly rigged bids on major projects in the state’s “Buffalo Billion” economic-development program to favor select companies. He stands trial alongside LPCiminelli executive Louis Ciminelli and COR Development executives Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi, all of whom pleaded not guilty. During their … Read More

Ex-Lobbyist Todd Howe Expected to Play Major Role in Corruption Trial

Ex-lobbyist Todd Howe will serve as a primary focus for the bid-rigging trial against former SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros, according to a report by the Albany Times Union. The odd thing is, he won’t even be there. Last winter, Howe helped prosecutors convict Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to the Governor, of several charges including solicitation of … Read More

Illegal I Love NY Signs Could Cost NY $14M In Federal Funding

The state and federal government are locked in a debate, delaying the removal of 514 “I Love NY” signs lining New York’s highways. The Governor’s administration received a lot of backlash for these $8.1 million signs – over $15,000 each – which violated several state and federal regulation laws. For instance, the signs fail to provide any navigational information for … Read More

New Report Sheds Light on Albany’s $200M Investment Against Opioid Crisis

In 2017, the Governor signed a bill proclaiming a $200 million yearly investment to fight the opioid epidemic plaguing New York. However, a new investigation by the USA TODAY Network’s Albany Bureau found that rather than doing what it claims – which is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to combat the opioid crisis – the state is simply reallocating … Read More

New Poll: New Yorkers Don’t Trust Single-Payer or Albany

According to a poll by Mercury Public Affairs sponsored by The Business Council, most New Yorkers are against implementing a single-payer healthcare system in the state and even more doubt the ability of Albany to run the healthcare system. The poll surveyed 600 likely to vote New Yorkers and reports consistent views across all demographics including different healthcare plans: 54 … Read More

Mistrial Sparks Confusion from Members of Mangano Case Jury

After a 12-week trial and a 9-day jury deliberation period, a federal judge declared former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and wife Linda’s corruption case a mistrial. This came as quite a surprise to several of the case’s 12 jurors, Newsday reports. Edward and Linda Mangano faced a total of 12 corruption-related counts, including federal program bribery, honest-services wire fraud, … Read More

State Assembly Considering Bill That Could Prevent Corruption

 Jets or Giants? Mets or Yankees? New Yorkers seldom agree on anything. But there is one issue where we can find common ground. New Yorkers overwhelmingly agree that the Empire State has a major corruption problem. A bill recently passed in the State Senate, and is now sitting in the State Assembly, that proponents say would address conflicts of … Read More

Mangano Corruption Case Ends in Mistrial

After a 12-week trial and a 9-day jury deliberation period, a federal judge declared former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and wife Linda’s corruption case a mistrial. According to Newsday, Ed and Linda Mangano pleaded not guilty to a total of 12 corruption-related charges, including federal program bribery, honest-services wire fraud, extortion, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Linda’s charges were … Read More

Rye City Manager Suspected of Withholding Emails Required by FOIL

Rye City Manager, Marcus Serrano, is under investigation after allegedly withholding emails requested through the Freedom of Information Law last year by city critic and former police officer, Tim Chittenden. Chittenden sought to “investigate a rumor” that suspected Serrano’s wife, who worked in the Yorktown comptroller’s office, of completing some of her husband’s duties herself. According to The Journal News, … Read More