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Michael Blake’s Airbnb bill a potential conflict of interest

Representatives for Blake and Airbnb denied any connection between Blake’s consulting work and his support of the Airbnb bill, and Blake was paid by Hilltop for work with out-of-state clients. Even so, Susan Lerner of the good government group Common Cause New York told the Times Union that the situation has “the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

Assemblyman introduced bill pushed by firm that paid him

"It has the appearance of a conflict of interest," said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, a leading good government group. "The basis on which all of this took place, we don't know. But no legislator should be in this situation."

'Independence' member Dixon tries to fool 'independents,' Dems allege

But nonpartisan groups like Common Cause NY say they have long recognized that Independence has survived and prospered for a quarter century through its name. Executive Director Susan Lerner said Dixon is proving no exception. “She is not an independent, she is a member of the Independence Party endorsed by Republicans,” Lerner said. “This seems to be misleading the voters.”

Voting & Elections 09.26.2019

City Board of Elections Lags in Submitting Early-vote Security Plan

“I know that they are very security-conscious, but they need to compile a program, they absolutely need to put that in with the state,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, a nonprofit dedicated to good government.

Voting & Elections 09.26.2019

Ready? Early vote starts next month

“Frankly, we’re all aware that this is an off-year election — some ballot initiatives and some judicial races,” said a spokeswoman for Common Cause, the civic watchdog group. “That makes this a good test run for early voting here.”

Voting & Elections 09.26.2019

Bernie Sanders and New Yorkers Praise Gov. Cuomo for Giving State's Voters More Time to Change Party Affiliation Before Primaries

Sharing Cuomo's announcement on Twitter Thursday, the state chapter of the watchdog group Common Cause declared, "This is a huge victory for all New Yorker voters." In a message to state residents, the group added, "Know your new deadlines and don't forget to register to vote!"

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