Court orders state Senate GOP to comply with subpoenas
Chris Bragg is reporting at Capitol Confidential a state supreme court justice in Albany ruled last week that New York Senate Republicans must comply with subpoenas issued by the state Board of Elections chief enforcement counsel looking into potential violations of state election law. The Senate GOP has been ordered to comply with the subpoenas within 45 days. The subpoenas were issued by the office of state Board of Elections chief enforcement counsel Risa Sugarman. Sugarman's unit is seeking information about spending from the state Senate GOP’s campaign committee and housekeeping accounts. Under the law, use of the housekeeping account is limited to party-building efforts. It is not supposed to be used to help individual Senate GOP candidates, but Sugarman's unit argues it was used to benefit individuals running in 2016. Spokesman Scott Reif said the Senate Republicans are reviewing the decision and intend to explore all options. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.