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2017 Legislative Session--


LULUs

 

New York State Constitution, Article III, §6

Legislative Law §5-A

 

2016 designations

2017 designations


May 13, 2017 memorandum of David Lewis, Counsel to Majority Leader Flanagan

cited cases:
Urban Justice Center v. Pataki, 38 AD 3d 20 (1st Dept. 2006)
Schulz v. New York State Legislature, 252 AD2d 896 (3rd Dept. 1998)

May 15, 2017 memorandum of Shontell M. Smith, Director of Counsel & Finance
A
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cited cases:
NYPIRG v. Steingut, 40 NY2d 250 (Court of Appeals 1976)
Supreme Court decision, 52 AD2d 100
Urban Justice Center v. Pataki, 38 AD3d 20 (1006)

 

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THE PRESS IN ACTION --

May 9, 2017:

"For Group of Breakaway Democrats, it Pays to be No. 2",
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

May 11, 2017:

"False Payroll Information Allows 3 State Senators to Collect Thousands"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

May 12, 2017:

"4 G.O.P. Senators in New York Also Got False Titles That Carry Extra Pay"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

"Seven New York Senators accused of pocketing thousands in fraudulent stipends, watchdogs say"
New York Daily News (Ken Lovett)

May 14, 2017:

"How Albany justifies paying Senators for others' work",
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

"Dozens of bills aim to benefit public employees, at taxpayers' expense",
NY Post (Carl Campanile)

"Senate GOP defends lulu policy to renegade Democrats"
Capitol Confidential (Casey Seiler)

May 15, 2017:

"Payment in lieu of a raise"
Albany Times Union (editorial)

"Investigate fraudulent payments"
Daily Gazette (editorial)

"Flanagan Defends State Stipend Protocols"
Capitol Confidential (Matthew Hamilton)

"New York Senators, including Ritchie -- were paid for others' jobs -- that was legal, lawyers argue",  Watertown Daily Times z

"Senators defend stipends and all but one will keep the cash", Politico (Nick Niedzwiadek)

"Parties Tussle Over Legality of Stipends Given to New York Senators",
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

"Breakaway State Senate Dems costs taxpayers $2.2M a year",
NY Post (Kristan Conley)

"Lawmaker refuses bonus in midst of legality probe"
NY Post (Kristan Conley)

"Albany's fresh crop of seamy sweeteners", NY Post (editorial)

"A lulu of a scam: State Senate GOP breaks the rules on a corrupt scheme"
Daily News (editorial)

"Helming responds to scandal over stipend pay"
Daily Messenger (Julie Sherwood)

"Lawyers debate, lawmakers duck and cover over extra pay"
Capitol Confidential  (Rick Karlin, Matt Hamilton)

"As fight over stipends rages, lawmakers still outearn their constituents"
Capital Confidential (Matt Hamilton)

"Lulu Land: How the State Senate's Stipend Deal became a Controversy"
Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

"Stewart-Cousins calls for lulu investigation; GOP says they are focused on their work",
Capital Confidential (Rick Karlin)

"NYS Senators still answering questions on stipend payments"
NCPR  (Karen DeWitt)

"Klein defends lulu passing, Stewart-Cousins calls for probe"
Politico (Jimmy Vielkind)

"How Senate Republicans are Justifying the Chair Classifications"
State of Politics (Nick Reisman)

"See the lulus:  Records show cash bonuses for NY Senators"
Syracuse.com (Patrick Lohmann)

 

May 17, 2017

"EXCLUSIVE: State senator who leads breakaway group of dems got $34G stipend -- a 24% increase over last year"
Daily News (Ken Lovett)

"New York Senator Seeks Inquiry Into 'Apparent Abuse' of Stipends"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

"Pay raise vs stipends -- NY Legislature at a Crossroads"
Spectrum News (Nick Reisman)

"As State Senate Scandal Widens -- Attorney General Schneiderman Not Rushing to Investigate"
NY1 (Zack Fink)

"Watch that last step senator -- it's a lulu"
Spectrum News (Nick Reisman)

"Calls for Investigation of Albany's 'Lulu Scandal'"
WAMC Radio (Karen DeWitt)

"NY Senate bends the rules on lulus"
Auburnpub.com (editorial)

"More petty corruption on display in Albany"
Times Herald-Record (editorial)

 

May 18, 2017

"Stipends for State Senators are Under Investigation"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

"Lulu land update: Cuomo raps root of legislator pay issues"
Capitol Confidential (Matt Hamilton)

"Second time in two days DiNapoli slaps Cuomo over spending"
Capitol Confidential (Matt Hamilton)

"The Evolving Powers of the New York Attorney General"
Gotham Gazette (Ben Brachfeld)

May 19, 2017

"Whose Job Is It to Investigate the Legislature's Lulu System?"
Gotham Gazette (Rachel Silberstein)

"DiNapoli cooperating with probe of controversial stipends"
New York Post  (Carl Campanile)

"Cuomo calls for ethics reform but downplays lulus"
WNYC (Fred Mogul)

"Stipend scheme makes NY Legislature look self-serving or worse"
Syracuse.com (editorial)

"GOP Senate's flexible lulus waste our money"
Gannett-LoHud (editorial)

"Legal Inquiries commence over State Senate stipends"
Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

"Reports Say Prosecutors are Probing NY Senate Payments"
WAMC (Karen DeWitt)

"In state government the use of stipends is (legally) widespread"
Daily Gazette (Stephen Williams)


May 21, 2017

"Reports say prosecutors are probing Senate payments"
NCPR Radio (Karen DeWitt)

"Our view: Helming part of latest display of petty Albany corruption"
Daily Messenger (editorial) (with Middletown Herald-Record)

"Payment scam: Ritchie's only honorable route is to give back unearned stipend"
Watertown Daily Times (editorial)


May 22, 2017

"Senators who skip out on meetings rake in thousands in stipends"
New York Post (Aaron Short)

"Independent Democratic Conference head plans to keep partnership with Senate GOP strong"
Daily News (Ken Lovett)

"NYS Exposed: Bad Attendance"

 

"Lawmakers got stipends despite skipping meetings"
Gannett (Joseph Spector) 

"New York Senate Faction Tries to Change the Subject Away from Lulus"
WSKG News (Karen DeWitt)

 

May 23, 2017

"Days may be numbered for Democrats who give Republicans control of New York State Senate"
 AM New York (Mark Chiusano)

"D.A.'s office gets involved in 'lulu' furor"
Albany Times Unions  (Matthew Hamilton, Brendan Lyons)

"Working Families Party Calls for Independent Democratic Conference to realign with party"
Daily News (Ken Lovett)

"Stipend Scandal Fuels Divide Among New York's Democratic State Senators"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

"Lulu scandal a proxy for infighting democrats in the Senate"
City and State (Eddie Borges)

"Helming video shows uncashed stipend checks"
Victor Post (Julie Sherwood)

 

May 24, 2017

"DiNapoli defends his office amid stipend controversy"
Capitol Confidential (Matthew Hamilton)

 

May 25, 2017

"Helming returns stipend checks, O'Mara defends payout"
Finger Lake Times (Steve Buchiere)

 

May 27, 2017

"The Albany D.A. joins a political witch hunt"
New York Post (editorial)

May 28, 2017

"New York Senators' scandal highlights vast stipend system"
PBS (Anne Gronewald)

"Scandal Highlights Vast Stipend System"
Progressive Farmer   
Associated Press - Auburn Citizen

 

May 29, 2017

"In Albany, Stipends Known as 'Lulus' Feed a Culture of Scandal"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

"Albany County DA won't probe controversial stipends paid to 8 state senators"
Daily News (Ken Lovett)

May 30, 2017

"Report: Soares won't pursue 'lulu' probe"
Albany Times Union (staff)

"Ethics reform: Legislators won't even fake it anymore"
City and State (Ashley Hupfl)

May 31, 2017

"State senate stipend probe yields at least one subpoena"
Daily News (Ken Lovett)

June 3, 2017

"Stipends raise red flags"
Daily Mail  (Richard Moody)

 

 

 

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