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Brigid Bergin

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Brigid Bergin appears in the following:

Independent Expenditures To Influence Local Elections

Friday, May 31, 2013

WNYC

While it's a relatively new phenomenon for local elections, in the last presidential race groups with names like Restore our Future and Priorities USA Action spent hundreds of millions of dollars influence its outcome. But now a developer-related group is vowing to spend $10 million to influence local City Council races.

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Albany Leaders Reluctantly Open to Lever Voting

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WNYC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver aren't ruling out a plan to bring back the lever voting machines for the September New York City elections, since the Board of Elections says the new scanners can't accommodate a run-off within two weeks of a primary.

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A Tale of Two Voting Machines

Friday, May 24, 2013

WNYC

A plan to bring back lever voting machines is picking up steam in Albany. Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would use the old machines for the upcoming primary and run-off elections in September. But that plan has a twist.

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Tax Report Shows Bloomberg Acquired Properties, Collected Royalties Last Year

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg owns 13 properties including two new lots he bought in Southampton last year. That's among the details gleaned from a specially prepared version of his 2012 personal tax forms.

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Anthony Weiner: I'm In Race for Mayor

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WNYC

Anthony Weiner's run for a renaissance is officially on.

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Reporter’s Notebook: Election Conference Makes NY Look Old School

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WNYC

At Columbia University this week, elections experts from around the country gathered to discuss the latest techniques in voting -- early voting, online registration -- the kinds of things that make elections more modern and efficient. But in New York, officials are talking about precisely the opposite. They're talking about bringing back the old lever machines.

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On The Path to City Hall

Monday, May 20, 2013

Brigid Bergin, WNYC reporter, talks about the latest in the mayoral race, including campaign finance and talks of whether Anthony Weiner might become an official candidate. Also, Andrew Wolf, contributing editor for The New York Sun, and Editor and Publisher of the Bronx Press Review and Riverdale Review newspapers in Bronx County, talks about his piece urging Anthony Weiner to run and his view that Weiner will add energy to the Democratic ticket for mayor.

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Why Money Raised for Mayoral Bids Is Deceiving

Thursday, May 16, 2013

WNYC

Democrat Bill Thompson had the biggest haul of all the mayoral candidates this filing period — but because of the city's campaign finance rules, those numbers are deceiving.

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This Week in Politics: Corruption and What Happens When Pols Speak Off the Cuff

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Joe Lhota calls Port Authority police officers "mall cops," as other candidates tap dance around the politics of bike lanes. And Corruption sweeps Albany. Again.

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Sampson Corruption Scandal Hits Home for One Family

Thursday, May 09, 2013

William Easterling and his wife used to own 165 Forbell Street, a two-family home in Brooklyn on the border of Cypress Hills and Ozone Park. The couple raised their four kids there. But they haven’t lived there in almost 20 years.

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Latest Corruption Arrest Erodes Power of Minority Politicians

Monday, May 06, 2013

Another lawmaker representing New York City in Albany has been indicted. This latest case is continues to weaken the power of New York City's delegation in the New York Senate, and to lawmakers representing communities of color in particular.

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His Ex-Aides Convicted, Liu Proceeds With Mayoral Run

Friday, May 03, 2013

A New York jury handed down convictions Thursday for two of city comptroller John Liu's campaign aides accused of accepting illegal donations for his mayoral bid. Liu says he's "deeply saddened" by the verdicts — but WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports that questions over the mayoral hopeful's involvement could negatively affect his run.

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Jury to Begin Deliberations in Liu Campaign Fraud Trial

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

WNYC

After a two-week trial, the fate of two former John Liu campaign associates rests with a jury. The defendants are accused of conspiring to launder money from big donors seeking to curry favor with the city comptroller and mayoral hopeful John Liu.

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Prosecutors Argue Liu Knew About Fraud Scheme

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WNYC

As lawyers began boiling down the trial of two of John Liu's former campaign associates on Tuesday, the prosecution made a pointed argument that Liu himself was in on the campaign finance scheme.

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FBI Agent Testifies at Liu Campaign Fraud Trial

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

As treasurer for the John Liu campaign, defendant Jia "Jenny" Hou was trained to comply with New York City's Campaign Finance Board's rules - rules she's accused of breaking.

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Lawyers Outline Cases in Trial of Liu Associates

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WNYC

In the trial of Xing "Oliver" Pan and Jia "Jenny" Hou, prosecutors outlined their case Tuesday, saying that it will include evidence from an undercover FBI agent who posed as a wealthy businessman seeking to buy access to John Liu through a campaign donation.

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Liu Aide to Testify at Fraud Trial

Monday, April 15, 2013

WNYC

A key government witness who has worked for City Comptroller John Liu will take the stand during the trial of two people accused of a fundraising scheme connected to his campaign.

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Are Attacks on Quinn Having An Effect?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

WNYC

This week in politics, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn came under fire from animal rights activists and some union members, and her poll numbers ticked down. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner emerged to tell all -- and perhaps run for Mayor. And John Liu got a chilly reception from business leaders, a week before two of his former campaign staffers go on trial for illegal fundraising.

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Attack Ad Prompts Quinn’s Challenge

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

WNYC

A day after being targeted in an attack ad by a new political action committee with anonymous donors, Council Speaker Christine Quinn sent a letter to the rest of the candidates Tuesday challenging them to “condemn and reject” independent expenditures in the mayoral race.

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Quinn Foes to Spend $1 Million to Block Mayoral Bid

Monday, April 08, 2013

WNYC

A group working to challenge Christine Quinn's mayoral bid isn't yet fully disclosing its financial backers. The political committee "New York City Is Not For Sale" plans to spend $1 million against Quinn and already has one ad on the airwaves Monday.

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