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Friday, July 10, 2009

Senate Show Time Resumes: Sampson in the Summer

The second hearing by New York State Senate Senator John L. Sampson is planned for August in New York City .... the details and exact date will be announced soon.....

"We are definitely going to reform the state Senate like it's never been reformed before," said Democratic Conference Leader Sen. John Sampson, of Brooklyn

After a Month That Was All About "Empowerment" and "Reform," NY State Senate Is Back to Work

The Associated Press by Michael Gormley - July 10, 2009

ALBANY, NY - New York's Senate stalemate ended Thursday as it started 31 days ago, with a freshman Democrat convulsing the 62-seat house by switching sides and getting a powerful leadership post in the majority. But it took less than 30 minutes on the Senate floor for partisan fights to emerge, with Republicans initially threatening two-hour debates on each of more than 100 noncontroversial bills. Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada's return to the Democratic conference gives Democrats a 32-30 majority for the first time since the June 8 coup. As part of the deal, Espada took the title of Senate majority leader. Espada's move came after Democratic Gov. David Paterson's decision to appoint a lieutenant governor to preside over the Senate, giving his party the upper hand in a chamber that's been divided 31-31."It was never about power, but about empowerment," Espada said at a news conference.

While the stalemate was over, at first the standstill wasn't. Republicans decided to slow the voting process because they were furious Democrats didn't include Senate rules reforms on the agenda. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, of Long Island, said the GOP objected to the Democrats' plan to pass pork barrel spending - also known as member items, money that lawmakers can take back to their districts for pet projects. After an hour of closed-door discussion, member items were removed from the agenda and both sides developed the framework for a rules reform agreement. Both will likely be taken up next week. Both sides said the rules changes will give individual senators more power to move bills out of committees and to the floor for a vote, among other reforms. Most of the bills passed late Thursday and early Friday were for local taxes that would keep local governments funded and running. For more than a month, the Senate's paralysis stalled action on mayoral control of New York City's schools, taxing authority in some municipalities and economic development programs. Paterson estimated that the state's municipalities lost as much as $150 million during the conflict - most of it missed sales tax revenue - including $60 million in New York City. "Today really is 31 days of chaos ending," said Hiram Monserrate, a one-time dissident whose pending felony assault charge divided Republicans and Democrats early in the session. "Judge us not on what has occurred over the last 31 days...but judge us on what we do with this extraordinary opportunity." Republicans accepted their return to the minority, where they were for the past six months for the first time since 1965, but still tried to claim some victory. They say the reforms will serve them well and increase the power of individual Senators.  "Upstate is going to be a player," said Republican Sen. George Maziarz of Niagara County. "We have a conference of 30 strong and with these reforms....We won't be rolled over."

"We are definitely going to reform the state Senate like it's never been reformed before," said Democratic Conference Leader Sen. John Sampson, of Brooklyn. Rank-and-file Democrats welcomed Espada back. That was a contrast to the name-calling of the past five weeks, when many Democrats said they would never serve under Espada in a leadership position. Others called him a thug and turncoat. "I don't think any of us have to accept everybody with open arms," said Sen. Neil Breslin, an Albany Democrat. "He has a right to be in the Democratic conference as an elected Democrat." When asked if it was hypocritical for Democrats to accept Espada as one of their own after calling him a criminal, Breslin said, "There is a level of that." The self-described three amigos - Sens. Espada, Ruben Diaz and Hiram Monserrate - said the end of the standoff is a victory for Latinos, providing them a greater voice. "This is a great achievement for our community. The greatest achievement our community has ever gotten," said Diaz, a Bronx Democrat and leader in the Latino community.  The regular session ended June 22. Despite landing back in the minority, Republicans argue they've helped their constituents by insisting on reforms to give every New Yorker a voice in the chamber. They said any change couldn't have happened without their actions. "I'm very disappointed, but in my mind this was never about a power grab, but about reform," said Republican Sen. Thomas Libous of Broome County.

27 comments:

Albany insider said...

Sampson Sizzles!!

He's Spectaculor!!

Anonymous said...

He seems to be a class guy and he'll be a GOD to me if he keeps the corruption hearings on track.... to full exposure, indictments, prison terms and true reform in the court system.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SENATOR SAMPSON!

Anonymous said...

Let the games begin.
Because only 3 senators showed up last time and 2 left not to long after it started. Maybe it would be a good idea to contact senators, especially those in the are and
try to see if they go to the hearing.

Anonymous said...

Senator Sampson is truly my HERO!!!! He has a boat load of CLASS and is the most HONORABLE man on this earth!!!! God Bless you Sampson..Now let's bring down the HOUSE..AMEN BROTHER!!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear the next group of people who are preparing to speak at the next hearing...This is going to be HUGE..So stay tuned!!!!

Anonymous said...

Actually, I heard Sampson is resigning the Senate to become a talk show host.

Anonymous said...

Will our friend big Rob "T" be there so all the victims can confront him?

Anonymous said...

Ask our Senators, ha, only if they bring those that perform sexual favors for their friends.....
not to mention any names....
like the local grocer!

Anonymous said...

george do you happen to be reading
falsifying medical records and court records happens to be
illegal!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I should call Maziarz and ask if he will be attending with friends,
and then ask why my rights have been violated for the 4th time,
sorry George I did not know performing sexual favors in my twenties would allow me to violate others rights, if I only had it to do all over again....
I need some rest, have a lot of "jobs" to catch up on!!

Anonymous said...

if I am threatened again
they will get me
I will be telling their wives and children and a lot more
leave me out of the despicable district you have been in charge of
and the harlot's you protect

Anonymous said...

Hey, IT'S SHOW TIME PEOPLE! LET'S ROCK!

Anonymous said...

I hate to say this but i have my doghts about Sampson doing anything.
this has been a problem going on for decades. That is one problem that will not go away overnight.
Even if you put Lippman, Tembeckjian, Cahill and even Kaye all in jail for 150 years with Maddof it would not help. We have to change the rules of the game.
The complaints can not be reviewed by lawyers. Complaints against judge and lawyers have to be run by the PEOPLE. For the people by the people.It has to be run by consumers. Lawyers/judges unregulated and harming the public.
Now you can to the book store
and get the papers do your own divorce/ file bankruptcy.
You can even buy forms online.
You can go to the Blumberg office on i think it is White Street and save yourself some money. Nolo
has books on a lot of stuff.
Ask the Clerk
Thier has to be a point were consumers stop hiring lawyers because they are to expensive and do not do thier jobs.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know what the Senator did or is doing with all the copies people were requested to bring and leave at the hearings, only one man stayed and heard the testamony. Is it his obligation to distrubute the documents that were requested aprox 20 copies per person. or is the dumpster full of complaints. Praying that is not so

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Sampson is well aware that he is limited in what he can do regarding the judicial system...he is a state government employee and his career depends on his connections and favors within state government!
The corruption of the judicairy is far too extreme for any one involved in the same government entity as the judicial system, to provide even a scintilla of correction.
This job of investigating and clean up and out of the judiciary requires federal intervention in conjunction with media reporting...to spark the action we are in desparate need of relative to our goals and mission.
What Sampson is doing by officially venting the details of stories that should be utilized by the feds for a thorough, in depth behind the scenes examination of the judicial criminals...may just be a method by state government to allow OCA an excellent view of the charges...so they may dispose of and coverup the documents and testimony of people that can trace said material to their crimes!
I trust no one in state office or government, esp since the FBI and other federal agencies are unwilling to venture into the justice wild west..so what compells this sole state Senator to become burdened with such an enormous task?
I would not tell my entire story to Sampson..whomever chooses to come forward to these state hearings..since the state refuses to police themselves ever...and the information you give must be considered suspect for the asking!
I remain unconvinced this is the route to pursue...sorry!

Anonymous said...

it has to start somewhere,
what would be the appropriate route to stop the abuse of power
we definitely need to contact our senators, congressman and the media has to be involved
this is ridiculous lawyers
judges and public officials denying the people's rights!

Anonymous said...

lawyers and judges should not be reviewed by their collegues,
it is the same issue we are not lawyers and they use this fact to believe they can violate our rights
reviews should be done outside the region they were created in,
then friends are not reviewing friends
no one wants to see their friend hurt

Anonymous said...

since there are honest lawyers why not also allow them to the same rigors as I FBI, lawyers who will also work for FBI subject to same mental evaluations, it appears our Attorney Grievance CJC are not working....... the review boards should be subject to the people,
public forums on all complaints and all complaints mandated to be published by our local newspapers
fines or imprisionment for all lawyers & judges, this is the only way to make the rats rat each other out, make it cost them instead of the people!
expose the bums!

the buzz said...

hear that the NYC hearings will be monitor by the FEDS from DC ... do hope that the DDC & CJC enjoy

Anonymous said...

How will the suits sabotage this event?

Anonymous said...

The Hearings need mass Media Coverage. These hearings as we all desperatly desire them to be a resalution they are still flying under the radar of the rest of the Country. Peolple who testify leave and go about life on thier own, collectivly Emails Phone nubers organized street rallies need also be put into action. We can collectivly gather and tell our story but indivually after the data is gathered as to whom testified we can be targeted and economically, emotionally, and personally destroyed. As in many other neighborhoods Rallies street marches peaseful public demonstrations get the media and the needed attention. May God Bless Us All in a quest that Prayerfully is his will, to Destroy and expose the Corruption in our Goverment, Thank You All

Anonymous said...

I will come from California to tell about my experiences with several judges that I believe have engaged in criminal acts. I notified numerous oversight people with nothing happening. As a result I gave up which is what they wanted.

Anonymous said...

Any date yet?

Will Sampson accommodate everyone who wants to testify?

Anonymous said...

Why don't they have Jonathan Lippman at the next hearing and everyone gets a chance to ask him questions about the corruption?

Anonymous said...

SO when is the next hearing?? Why isnt there a citizens committee to demand that the Gov get rid of the CJC & the take the Appellate Courts power to protect the criminal lawyers away from them and appoint a citizens committee??

There will no change until the citizens make demands and that is long overdue!!!

Anonymous said...

Lippman must go ...he's just another snake in the den !!!

Sen Sampson needs to told it's time to clean house ... the people have had enough corruption !! If he cant do the job then get someone who can. We want a resource to voice court corruption to where it will be investigated and rememdy provided.

Politicians forget that they are public servants whose salaries & perks are paid for by the people .. not the monied who pay for favors.

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See Video of Senator John L. Sampson's 1st Hearing on Court 'Ethics' Corruption

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               Video of 1st Hearing on Court 'Ethics' Corruption
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