Seth Agata, Executive Director JCOPE A modest step toward transparency began implementation in January 2019. Currently overseen by Seth Agata, Executive Director of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), lobbyists in New York must disclose all the public officials they target. The purpose of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is … Continue reading The Wrench JCOPE
The names in the title are scholars. Put their names into the Google Search Engine to bring up the list of their papers and something you don't see often without asking for "images", a list of documents available for academic consumption. Scrolling yields more ideas than the entire class of graduate students from every urban … Continue reading Glaeser, Pendall or Fulton
"The social contract for authority is at the center of money, politic, and religion. No surprise there. The center’s loci have confirming elements such as high priest’s temple or another form of agreed upon supreme power represented by the elite and their agents. Throughout human history, from the origination of “coin” to “subprime lending” realms … Continue reading The Urban Planet
I call upon you to join this outfit and bring your expertise. I recently met some smart people from RepresentUS-NY who focus on the question of corruption in all its forms and seek to remove its occurrence with the aid of law enforcement and community activism. I want you to join them, get the emails … Continue reading Representanators
The data about the Ninth Congressional is very revealing, worthy of spending time understanding the size, shape and place this particular place defined as your representative to Congress.
A look at the last few years in NYS to go forward. "The examination of people that get swept-up in offering or receiving a corrupt benefit reminds me of the punchline in a joke describing a negotiating process. 'You and I have already decided what you are; now we’re just haggling about the price." The … Continue reading Corruption