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WNYC News

Placing Blame on NYC, Cuomo Calls for Sweeping Political Reform While Defending Albany

Monday, April 08, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is both calling for reform—and defending the political culture of Albany—after legislators were arrested in two separate corruption cases last week.

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WNYC News

Castro's Role in Scandal Angers Constituents, Colleagues

Friday, April 05, 2013

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When Assemblyman Nelson Castro was first elected in 2008, he was hailed as the Bronx's first Dominican American elected legislator. On Thursday, Castro was named as Assemblyman-1 in the bribery indictment of fellow Assemblyman Eric Stevenson. But Castro spent almost his entire tenure in office as a convicted criminal who had been cooperating with law enforcement authorities for years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Participatory Budgeting; Recycling NYC; Lawyer Bubble; Monogamy

Friday, April 05, 2013

At the end of a week marked by two big political corruption charges in New York, two city council members, Brad Lander and Melissa Mark-Viverito, discuss trying to increase transparency in government with participatory budgeting. Plus: a new series all about recycling in New York City; the connections between college basketball and the U.S. Constitution according to Rami Khouri; the lawyer bubble; and Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg on her new book.

WNYC News

Another Political Scandal Ensnares New York Politicians

Thursday, April 04, 2013

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For the second time this week, a bribery scandal has ensnared elected officials in New York. On Thursday, federal prosecutors charged Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, who they say accepted cash bribes to help businessmen set up an adult day care center in the Bronx.

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WNYC News

Meet Eric Stevenson: the Latest NY Pol Embroiled in Corruption Scandal

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The latest New York elected official accused of corruption, Democratic Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, has a well-known last name in the South Central Bronx.

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WNYC News

Another NY Pol Arrested on Corruption Charges

Thursday, April 04, 2013

For the second time in a week, a New York state politician has been arrested in connection with a corruption charge.  Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, a Democrat, was arrested, federal authorities announced Thursday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Corrupt is New York?

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, and Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, discuss whether or not the recent mayoral race bribery scandal can be seen as an indictment of state politics on the whole, and what measures could yield greater transparency within the political process.

 

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WNYC News

Corruption Arrests Turns Spotlight on GOP Nominating Process

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The arrest of six people for conspiring to sell a spot on the GOP ballot for mayor is focusing new attention on the Republican nominating process. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NY Corruption; N. Korea Threat; Digestion; Gun Rules

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Following corruption charges against New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, two good government advocates discuss just how deep corruption runs in New York State politics. Plus: whether North Korea's threats are just bluster; author Mary Roach on everything you need to know about digestion; changing gun rules; rebuilding resources post-Sandy; and the New Museum's 1993 exhibit.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Sen. Smith and Councilman Halloran Arrested in Plot to Rig Mayor's Race

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that NY State Senator Malcolm Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race. Both Sen. Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning for the alleged plot.

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WNYC News

FBI Nabs NY Sen. Smith and Councilman Halloran in Plot to Rig Mayor's Race

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says in a statement that Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race: “The show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government,” he said.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The most important Italian election for 30 years?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The most important Italian election for 30 years?

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WNYC News

Sandy Fraud Boom Feared

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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New Jersey state officials are beginning to discuss how to manage the spending of their portion of the $50.5 billion Sandy relief package that was approved by the Senate yesterday, and some officials are concerned there are not adequate controls in place to monitor how the money is spent. 

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WNYC News

Bronx Councilman Guilty of Most Corruption Counts

Friday, July 27, 2012

A veteran politician was convicted Thursday on nine of 12 counts in a corruption case accusing him of putting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars meant for community projects in the pockets of his girlfriend and family.

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The Takeaway

Why Americans Are Unfazed by Corporate Corruption

Thursday, July 12, 2012

There was once a time when the bank was a respected institution. But in 2007, only two in five Americans trusted in banks. Now, just five years later, the number has dipped even lower. 

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WNYC News

Former Albany Power Player Remains Upbeat As His Case Goes To Jury

Monday, April 30, 2012

The jury in the federal corruption trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada and his son began deliberations on Monday. 

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The Takeaway

John Edwards Corruption Trial: Day 4 on the Stand for Former Aide Andrew Young

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Today is the third day of the federal corruption trial of former Senator John Edwards, who is charged with violating campaign finance law. Edwards allegedly used money given to him by wealthy supporters to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter and their subsequent love child while running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Yesterday, the defense cross-examined Edwards' former aide Andrew Young – who had testified that Edwards directed him to use funds from donors to take care of Ms. Hunter. Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, was in the courtroom yesterday.

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The Takeaway

Walmart's Mexican Bribery Scandal

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wal-Mart stock fell nearly five percent to $59.42 on Monday after The New York Times reported that the company tried to cover up evidence of widespread bribery in its Mexican operations. Meanwhile, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission have opened probes into the retail giant.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Grading State Corruption: New Jersey Scores Best?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In a new report that grades every state by transparency and corruption, New York ranks 36th and New Jersey is ranked as the least-corrupt state in the nation. WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Bob Hennelly discuss the findings, the (somewhat flawed) methodology, and what's important when it comes to measuring corruption.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bribery Tales

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Swati Ramanathan, co-founder of the Janaagraha Center for Citizenship & Democracy in Bangalore, talks about the website her organization started, "I Paid a Bribe.com," to combat petty corruption and bribery. We're also be joined by Ben Elers, Transparency International's director for programmes, to discuss the problem of "petty" bribery experienced by people in many countries.

What's the culture of bribery like in your country? Got a bribery story? Post it here! 

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