Albany

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Government reform groups say you can add one more item to the long list of reforms that they believe are needed in Albany. They say limits are needed on campaign contributions to county political committees. The committees’ collection and distribution of money factor into a growing criminal case against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, and upstate Senate races in 2014.

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Lawmakers worked toward a budget deal on Monday as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated he’s making some concessions on the minimum wage.

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A call by government reform groups for an open leaders' meeting on ethics reform tuned into a spat between Governor Cuomo and the groups themselves.

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Citizens Union, the League of Women Voters and Common Cause are calling for an end to the long Albany tradition of closed door meetings between the governor and legislative leaders where they make key decisions on the budget and other issues, known as three men in a room.

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In less than a month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers will get the chance to make major ethics fixes as part of the state budget. But, so far, there’s been little focus on responding to corruption scandals that led to two legislative leaders facing long prison terms.

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Authorities in New York's corruption-plagued capital city are using billboards to urge citizens to report crooked politicians, using a tactic more commonly employed to find missing people or fight drunk driving.

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