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April 14, 2013

It’s no secret New York state government has a problem with corruption....

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Apr-18-13 8:56 AM

Government fraud is RAMPANT!

First it was the families of dead people and state employees. Now, authorities say Internal Revenue Service employees in Tennessee were stealing unemployment and other benefits while fully employed.

On Thursday, 13 of those employees were indicted on federal charges that they lied to get unemployment, food stamps, welfare and housing vouchers. An additional 11 have been indicted on state charges of theft greater than $1,000.

In all, authorities say the workers improperly received more than $250,000 in government benefits.

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Apr-16-13 3:19 PM

Seems like no one learned anything about CT.

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Apr-16-13 3:18 PM

The disagrees. Go check it out for yourselfs. ANYONE can walk in. and the classes are going on also.

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Apr-16-13 3:12 PM

Sounds like bs to me.

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Apr-16-13 3:05 PM

taxtired, thank for you getting the point that an elected official was able to write a letter of recommendation for a person whom he had never in hisl life met. Anything for a vote, right?

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Apr-16-13 2:37 PM

Now I will tell YOU one that is a fact. Go and vote for the NEW school board for Oppenheim and St. Johnsville. NO ID required. Just make up a name and address and vote.

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Apr-16-13 2:33 PM

RS WOW now a letter of recommendation for your mother. Do your storys that atart with once upon a time ever end?

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Apr-15-13 12:49 PM

rschweizer, and to add, we'll see if the LH will support Mini Farley in the next election.

If you recall, Mini Farley was supposed to run in the last election because Dad Farley wanted to finally retire and had no desire to run. When it soon became clear that Mini Farley didn't think he was prepared enough (and when the County Republican Party also thought the same), Mini stepped out, and dad re-ran knowing he could easily secure his throne.

Must be nice.

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Apr-15-13 12:38 PM

LoyalSocialist, excellent point and needs to be said again:

This paper supports terms limits on the one hand; and on the other has forever support Hugh Farley, who actually wrote my mother's grad school letter of recommendation om the 60's despite having never met her. If that's not telling, I don't know what is.

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Apr-15-13 12:29 PM

KeLeMi, NYC did (and still does) have term limits and Mayor BLoomberg most certainly did not 'ignore' them.

Get your facts straight.

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Apr-15-13 12:25 PM

PleaseGetAClue, and to add further to that Bruno was and is actually rewarded for felony convictions by having a public stadium named after him.

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Apr-15-13 11:51 AM

BCRane: I suspect Joe Bruno is not in jail for basically teh same reasons Schiochetti and Bray are not in jail....who you know

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Apr-15-13 11:03 AM

Term limits would work great and as far as accomplishing this at the polls, that is another task. We are only given limited choices at the voting booth. Choices that have a lot of money available to become elected along with two party approval. The playing field needs to be leveled so that the middle and lower classes can be truly represented. Just because someone is wealthy does not mean that they will legislate in the best interest of the people who most are not wealthy.

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Apr-15-13 10:58 AM

This coming from a paper who has supported Senator (Baron) Farley for the 30+ years the man has been in office, yet he has done NOTHING to better the area.

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Apr-15-13 9:28 AM

The only reason Joe Bruno is not in jail (YET) is because if he was jailed the all those in the state legislatures would be right behind him.....because i would bet the farm.....they are all using their offices and secretaries (working) on their outside business on our dime. WE (the taxpayers) are payin these salaries for these full time state employees. Plain as day......80% would all be in the same boat and they all would be up the creek without a paddle!!

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Apr-15-13 9:17 AM

When most if not all of the first term politicians,when they want the peoples vote, they all say "I will work my*** for you all the time, call me day or night".....Then they work thiei***** off for them$$$$SELCES$$$$$$. Then like Joe Bruno and after several terms...they all start the big shift to helping themselves. Mr Bruno was convicted on two accounts of felony fruaudulently use of TAXPAYERS time and services...his secretary did work full time and most of her work (if not all in that 6 months grey period) she did for him was unlawfull. MEANING if Joe Bruno was to have hired his own secretary and rented a office and paid his telephone and rent and power bills.....that would have been all legal. But he didn't and he should be in JAIL (as you or any other average citizen would of been locked up and sent to prison asap). ALL of his good deads and his political power saved his *** and some obscure rule by the Supreme Court saved him this time!!!

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Apr-15-13 8:51 AM

Bruno is not in jail because in NY the Legislator members are not full time. They all have jobs outside Albany. Trying to figure out how to prosecute Bruno but not all the others is the problem so they want to take another bite on the other side of the apple. Either make them all full time or keep them part time and meet once or twice a year. The Texas Legislature, for example, is bicameral like the other States but they meet once every 2 years for 140 days. With 2 year stints, little mischief can be done. Seems to be working out pretty good for Texas.

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Apr-14-13 6:50 PM

Since NY has no provision where citizens can petition for referendums, the only way for term limits is at the ballot box, voting out the career politicians. The elected reps certainly are not going to " vote themselves out". Voters are going to have to realize that is "their guy" that is a part of the problem and vote them out, even if it is not a member of their party. You also have to ignore these claims by the incumbents about their seniority, being the ranking member of some committee giving them advantages for more money coming back to the district. Every district should be treated similar. whether it

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Apr-14-13 2:59 PM

Term limits would work! Great editorial!

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Apr-14-13 1:47 PM

Lets see if even the stomping of our second amendment rights gets any attention. On second thought anyplace but in the liberal states the people would see what this has done, here in NY we cheer when they imprison the innocent or take away freedoms! There is no way democrats are going to allow any change to their present one sided politics!

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Apr-14-13 1:13 PM

yup, I forgot about that Portnoy. Voting is an obligation that very few participate in, unless it's for somebody who promises to give them everything they want.

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Apr-14-13 11:27 AM

If you don't put in term limits the sheeple will keep the same useless crooks in until they die. But if they manage to steal enough they can get past that too. Bloomy did

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Apr-14-13 10:17 AM

Term limits are way overdue and we have to find a way to limit what they can influence and if they can move on to another elected office. I am not sure that there are enough people interested in being in public service and I also do not believe that they couldn't be influenced by some muscle. Has anyone heard how Silverman is going to repay the taxpayer money that paid off the democrats sexual indiscretions yet? Yeah like he doesn't deserve to be term limited right into jail!

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Apr-14-13 10:17 AM

If they would start taking away their retirements due to any crimes committed that would be a severe consequence. To many times they are allowed to "retire" with full benefits even though they have been convicted of a crime.

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Apr-14-13 9:46 AM

JOE BRUNO is why we should have term limits>>>>>but people soon forget>>>>.>why he is not in jail is beyond my comprehention>>>>>and another trial is on the horrizon and he will get away with that too.

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