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McKinstry: Board of Elections doesn't enforce New York's campaign finance laws

Voting at the Northport City Hall voting location

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When it comes politicians breaking the rules, it’s much worse than you think.

And I'm not talking about the seemingly endless parade of perp walks or corruption charges levied against state lawmakers in recent years.

It’s about New York’s campaign finance system – and the state Board of Elections mostly nonexistent enforcement of the laws.

There were 103,805 violations of New York’s...

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Cartoon: Prison gangs of New York

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

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Up on the Board: Albany corruption, Nassau's court loss, and binding arbitration

John Sampson becomes the third ex-Democratic Senate leader

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It may be that federal prosecutors will be the ones to set de facto term limits in Albany, as yet another denizen fell from grace today. Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), at one time the co-majority leader of the State Senate, surrendered to the FBI to face charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.

Since April 1, federal prosecutors have charged a state senator,...

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Ciolli: Malcolm Smith scandal is fertile ground to expose NY corruption

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara speaks at a news

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The news that there are more than a few politicians in New York with a price tag is not surprising. What's shocking is that the felony charges filed yesterday against one of the state's top-ranking Albany Democrats, Sen. Malcolm Smith of Queens, is the distinct possibility that  federal prosecutors might finally have a way to penetrate this culture of corruption.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara...

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