2018 will be a year of criminal trials for former associates of Governor Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms.
A federal judge has upheld a decision by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission to bar Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim from obtaining public campaign financing to run for governor. The commission made the decision based on Ganim’s felony conviction.
Several corruption trials are set for 2018 after a scandal involving nine of Governor Cuomo’s former associates who worked on his administration’s economic development projects. Advocates say they will continue to push for reforms to prevent such problems from happening again.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and one of his top aides were indicted in federal court on Wednesday for allegedly trying to cover up former Police Chief James Burke’s beating of a suspect in 2012.