Media Coverage

Ethics agency drops case against Kat Sullivan

Times Union | December 4, 2019 | Chris Bragg
ALBANY — New York’s ethics watchdog agency has dropped its investigation into whether an alleged rape victim violated lobbying laws as she pushed for passage of the Child Victims Act.

NY Public Campaign Financing System Could Have Fatal Bug, Attorneys Say

NY Law Journal | December 3, 2019 | Dan Clark

“This is essentially a piece of legislation that was never on the legislator’s desks,” Macdonald said. That litigation is focused on whether the commission itself was lawfully created by the Legislature earlier this year when it delegated its lawmaking powers to the panel, and whether fusion voting—candidates running on more than on party line—is constitutional.

New court date set for Boylston FOIL lawsuit

NNY360 | November 21, 2019 | Debra Groom

In January 2019, Soderlund paid Boylston the $13.50 and her lawyer provided the town with step-by-step instructions on how to generate the check register report from the QuickBooks software. On Feb. 2, 2019, the town again denied Soderlund’s Freedom of Information Law request.

Capitol Watch: Commissions make law behind closed doors

Associated Press | November 16, 2019 | Marina Villeneuve

Critics argue the nine-member Public Campaign Financing Commission is the latest example of lawmakers and the governor failing to pass laws themselves and unconstitutionally shoving off responsibility to a state commission that lacks expertise, staffing and a budget for legal battles.

Rape Survivor Sues JCOPE Over Lobbying Disclosure Case

Spectrum News | October 24, 2019 | Nick Reisman
It can be hard to make a difference in Albany, but what happens when the state pursues a rape victim to register as a lobbyist? Advocates say it’s a violation of her First Amendment rights.

Five Feathers Equine Massage Receives Cease And Desist From NY State

Paulick Report | July 14, 2019
Lori Smith, a certified equine sports massage therapist in New York, has been ordered to close her business or face potential criminal and civil penalties. The cease and desist order was filed against Five Feathers Equine Massage citing that Smith is not a licensed veterinarian.