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Senate ethics forum to be conducted with help of social media


May 04, 2011
Those unable to attend Wednesday's public forum on ethics reform will be able to participate through social media websites.

Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Carroll Gardens, and other members of the Democratic Conference will host the first forum on ethics reform Wednesday.

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New Yorkers will be able to tweet questions and concerns to senators during a forum on ethics Wednesday.
During the first forum on ethics reform in almost two years, the senators plan to discuss proposed legislation that would establish an independent commission to oversee government ethics (S.31) and increase the requirements on financial and client disclosure (S.382).

The public can submit real time questions through Twitter via @NYSenDems and the hashtags #AlbanyEthics and #NYSenate. Questions will also be accepted at the e-mail address NYSenDems@gmail.com. According to Squadron, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch plans to tweet questions during the forum.

The Senate Democrats want the public forum to also include discussion of proposed legislation on banning political contributions by businesses that have contracts with the state (S.1565), restricting personal use of campaign funds (S.3053) and stripping pensions from elected officials who are convicted of misusing office (S.2333).

The senators will stream live video and audio on their LiveStream channel (http://www.livestream.com/nysendems) and broadcast live updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NYSenDems), Twitter and Twitpic (twitpic.com/photos/NYSenDems).

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"With this first-ever interactive forum on ethics, we are bringing the public into the conversation. Live video and Twitter will give all New Yorkers an important opportunity to listen, to ask questions and to join us in demanding action on these vital reforms," said Squadron.

The ethics forum will be held in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The event starts at noon, or immediately following the conclusion of session.

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