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Uberti: NY State disclosure forms are a poor excuse for transparency

Janet DiFiore, chairwoman of the New York State

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Though state officials’ financial disclosure forms are expected to be made public for the first time this week, don’t expect a treasure trove of well-organized, easily searchable information. That would make too much sense.

State legislators’ outside income, investments and debts will be available online in accordance with the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hailed...

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McKinstry: Budget negotiations are supposed to be about the budget. Why aren't they?

The New York State Capitol in Albany. (March

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When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo first proposed his $143 billion budget in January, he said it was “simple and straightforward.” In his quest to deliver a third consecutive on time budget, the governor said putting a plan together ought to be relatively simple exercise – one that was about the numbers adding up. His administration touted their budget was an accounting document rather than a political one....

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McKinstry: Steve Katz's marijuana arrest is bad, but hypocrisy is worse

A man smokes marijuana in this file photo.

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When Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton uttered the nonsensical excuse during his 1992 run for the presidency that he “didn’t inhale,” many people seemed more put off by his answer than with his partaking in a joint decades earlier.

Since then, the public seems more tolerant of marijuana. Even though it remains illegal, marijuana use nowadays doesn’t raise so much as an eyebrow for many people, unless...

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