A Column from Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke)


As information continues to emerge about the dissolution of the Moreland Commission, more and more New Yorkers are gaining insight into the web of deception and corruption regarding the Cuomo administration.  Only in New York could a governor start an anti-corruption commission, corrupt it, and end up having it investigated by a U.S. Attorney.  The people of New York State deserve the highest quality of government, and that starts with the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

The New York Times has published information that links Gov. Cuomo and those in his administration, particularly top aide Lawrence S. Schwartz, to reports that the Moreland Commission obstructed justice when it began to issue subpoenas and investigate matters that would implicate the governor, his allies, and donors.  This is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, as the man who promised to clean up Albany once and for all joins the ranks of corrupt politicians.  This comes after Cuomo stated on multiple occasions that no one was immune from investigation by the Moreland Commission, including him and his administration.  It is frankly a disgrace to the people of New York and completely reasserts why I and many New Yorkers have no faith left that this administration has the integrity to lead with any shred of transparency or honesty. 


I have been one of the most outspoken critics on the Moreland Commission and Cuomo’s weak and embarrassing leadership since the beginning.  This is why I sponsor legislation that would make a true impact toward cleaning up Albany and penalizing politicians who betray the public trust.  I sponsor legislation, A.4935, which would remove pension and retirement benefits from elected officials convicted of certain felonies.  Furthermore, I co-sponsor Assembly Bill A.219, which would provide for the forfeiture of unspent campaign funds after the conviction and resignation of an elected official.  What we need in Albany is substantial and uninhibited reform of corruption.  What we have experienced under the Cuomo administration is disgrace and dysfunction.  We need a fresh start and that can only happen after Cuomo resigns.   


Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,

 please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.




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