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Crooked NY Lawmakers Have Little To Fear From New Laws

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Despite promises to clean up Albany, good government groups say the budget deal that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders hammered out behind closed doors will do little to stop the rampant corruption that has plagued the state in recent years.

Among the changes are new criminal laws that will increase prison time for politicians convicted of taking bribes, and a new disclosure requirement that legislators report when lobbyists steer clients to the lawmakers’ private businesses.

But the package fell short of what a number of reformers and good government groups say is necessary: overhauling the state’s ethics watchdog and introducing a system of public financing for state political campaigns.

New York City already has a public financing system and it’s widely credited with cutting down the influence of wealthy individuals and groups on elections.

Cuomo publicly backed such a system, but when the budget bills were unveiled over the weekend, they contained no widespread reform.

Instead the agreement called for a pilot project – a test of public financing for a single race: the 2014 state comptroller’s race.

Good government groups blasted the plan saying it was designed to fail.

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tom LI

Politicians serve two masters, their Egos and the "Get me Elected!" machinery of their party. If anything threatens that in any way, small or large, they will find a way to extricate themselves from that which they should be beholden to..! Like the laws of this nation! Forget morality and ethics...to talk of those and politicians at the same time is show ones extreme naivete.

Apr. 01 2014 05:25 PM
patrick hoy

Look at the article by Karen DeWitt from January 20th.Karen Scharff said, of Andrew Cuomo- "He's showing that he's serious about cleaning up Albany...."
Really, Karen? What do you say now? Andrew Cuomo is, was, and always will be an ambitious duplicitous fraud.

Apr. 01 2014 03:59 PM
JB

Robert Lewis - are you from Buffalo? Or Chicago maybe? Not being snide - I love your upstate accent. Makin' me a little homesick.

Apr. 01 2014 07:49 AM

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