Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is the Metro Editor for WNYC News. She has previously served as Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) has given presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo's policy plan a "B." And that’s a good thing.
When it comes to ethics disclosures by legislators, New York is hardly a beam of sunshine. Under the current law, legislators have to disclose information about outside employers, but don’t have to say how much about how they are paid or who their clients are. Nor do they have to say how much their real estate or investments are really worth. So right now, CPI gives New York a “C” for its disclosure laws, behind Hawaii and Louisiana (!), but slightly ahead of California.
In his 252-page policy book, Cuomo proposes disclosure of client lists and “any and all outside income [that elected representatives] receive.” That would be a significant “ouch” for legislators like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, arguably the most powerful man in Albany right now--and also a successful lawyer.
If Cuomo's policy plan is enacted, CPI reports that New York's grade could move from a "C" to a “B.”
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