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JCOPE Letter Mar 2012- Cmte to Save New York and Gov Cuomo

JCOPE Letter Mar 2012- Cmte to Save New York and Gov Cuomo

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update on ethics complaint re: Gov Cuomo and Committee to Save New York
update on ethics complaint re: Gov Cuomo and Committee to Save New York

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VIAFAXto(518)408-3975
March14,2012TheresaA.SchillaciNYSJointCommissiononPublicEthics540BroadwayAlbany,NewYork12207
Re:InvestigationoftheCommitteetoSaveNewYork&GovernorCuomo
DearMs.Schillaci:
WewriteinreferencetoourcomplaintdatedFebruary16,2011,whichwasoriginallysubmittedtoyourpredecessorentity,theCommissiononPublicIntegrity(CPI).WeknowtheCPIhassincebeendissolvedandtheNYSJointCommissiononPublicEthicshastakenovermuchofitsresponsibilitiessowewritetoensurethiscomplaintdidnotgetlostinthattransition.Thecomplaintisattachedbelowandavailableonlineatwww.scribd.com/doc/48976762/Cpi-Letter-Feb-2011-Final.DuetotheanincreasingamountofpublicadvocacybeingundertakenbytheCommitteetoSaveNewYork,includingmillionsofdollarsintelevisionadvertisementsleadingintothefinaldaysofthe2012budgetnegotiations,wewritetorequestanupdateregardingthestatusofouroriginalcomplaint.ItisparticularlyvitaltounderstandthisrelationshipastheCommitteetoSaveNewYorkfilesitsfirstbi-monthlylobbyingdisclosureinformationfor2012.WeoutlinedourconcernsinouroriginalFebruary2011complaint,whichisattachedbelowforyourconvenience.Ourconcernsthen,astheyarenow,include:
WebelievetheCommitteetoSaveNewYork
--whichisinextricablylinkedtotheGovernor’sofficethroughpersonalandprofessionalrelationships,whichwasestablishedatthe“urging”ofthegovernorhimself,whichhasreportedlyraisedmorethantenmilliondollars($10,000,000)tospendontelevisionadvertisementsinexplicitsupportoftheGovernor’sbudgetproposalsthatarecurrentlybeforethestatelegislature,which,weoutlinebelow,didnotregisterasalobbyistwiththeCommissioninamannercompliantwiththeCommission’srulesandtheStateLobbyingAct,andwhichshouldbeexpectedtofirstreportonthoseexpendituresbytheMarch15,2011bi-monthlyreportingdeadline--
shouldberequiredtolistGovernorCuomoonitslobbyingregistrationasathirdpartyonwhosebehalfitislobbying.
…
ItisourunderstandingthatTheCommitteetoSaveNewYork,actingasbothaclientanditsownlobbyist,wasnon-compliantwithitsregistrationrequirementsunderthestateLobbyingLawandundertheCommission’srules.Further,itisourunderstandingthattheCommitteeisintendingto
 
lobbyonthebehalfofathirdparty--namely,GovernorAndrewCuomo--andthereforemustincludetheGovernor’sname,address,andphonenumberontheCommittee’sstatementofregistration.
…
Aswehaveoutlinedabove,theCommitteeisacting
 attherequestof 
and
 to benefitof 
thegovernor.TheCommittee’sregistrationshouldlisttheGovernor,theGovernor’saddressandhisphonenumberonthestatementofregistration.
TheCommitteetoSaveNewYorkcontinuestospendamassiveamountofmoneytoinfluencethestatebudgetdebatesbutwehavenoclearerunderstandingtodayastotheCommittee’srelationshiptotheGovernor’sofficethanwehadinFebruary2011whenwefiledourinitialcomplaint.Forthesereasonswerequestanupdateonthestatusofourcomplaint.Forfuturecorrespondenceregardingthismatter,pleasereachouttoChrisKeeleyatChrisNYSA@gmail.comor917-847-3625astheprimarycontact.Sincerely,SeanBarryExecutiveDirectorCommunityVoicesHeardVOCAL-NY
 
VIAFAXto518-474-8322
February16,2011MitraHormoziChair,NYSCommissiononPublicIntegrity540BroadwayAlbany,NewYork12207
Re:InvestigationoftheCommitteetoSaveNewYork&GovernorCuomo
DearMs.Hormozi:TheundersignedorganizationsherebysubmitthiscomplaintrequestingthattheCommissiononPublicIntegrity(the“Commission”)preparetoundertakeaninvestigationintotheconnectionbetweenTheCommitteetoSaveNewYork(“CSNY”,orthe“Committee”)andtheofficeofGovernorAndrewCuomo.
WebelievetheCommitteetoSaveNewYork
--whichisinextricablylinkedtotheGovernor’sofficethroughpersonalandprofessionalrelationships,whichwasestablishedatthe“urging”ofthegovernorhimself,whichhasreportedlyraisedmorethantenmilliondollars($10,000,000)tospendontelevisionadvertisementsinexplicitsupportoftheGovernor’sbudgetproposalsthatarecurrentlybeforethestatelegislature,which,weoutlinebelow,didnotregisterasalobbyistwiththeCommissioninamannercompliantwiththeCommission’srulesandtheStateLobbyingAct,andwhichshouldbeexpectedtofirstreportonthoseexpendituresbytheMarch15,2011bi-monthlyreportingdeadline--
shouldberequiredtolistGovernorCuomoonitslobbyingregistrationasathirdpartyonwhosebehalfitislobbying.
UndertheCommission’sauthoritygrantedtoitbytheNewYorkStateLobbyingActcreatedbyChapter2oftheLawsof1999,asamendedbyChapter62,oftheLawsof2003,Chapter1oftheLawsof2005,andasamendedmostrecentlybyChapter14oftheLawsof2007,theCommitteeshouldberequiredtoregisterasalobbyistlistingthemselvesasaclient.Thatregistrationformrequiresregistrantstostatethatifa"clienthasretained,employedordesignatedthelobbyist...tolobbyonathirdparty'sbehalf,[theymust]completethethirdpartiesnameaddressandphonenumber[onthestatementofregistration].”
ItisourunderstandingthatTheCommitteetoSaveNewYork,actingasbothaclientanditsownlobbyist,wasnon-compliantwithitsregistrationrequirementsunderthestateLobbyingLawandundertheCommission’srules.Further,itisourunderstandingthattheCommitteeisintendingtolobbyonthebehalfofathirdparty--namely,GovernorAndrewCuomo--andthereforemustincludetheGovernor’sname,address,andphonenumberontheCommittee’sstatementofregistration.

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