Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called on Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R,C,I-Long Island) to step down from his leadership role. McLaughlin said corruption is unacceptable in government in any capacity, no matter the party or legislative house in which it occurs. McLaughlin has been one of the Assembly’s most outspoken legislators against corruption since he assumed office in 2011.
“I am calling on Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to step down from his leadership position because corruption within our government in any fashion is shameful and unacceptable,” McLaughlin said. “I ran my original campaign on a platform of ending Albany’s revolving door of crime and abuse of the public trust and my stance has not changed. Republican or Democrat does not matter and I will call out corruption no matter the circumstance. I sponsor several pieces of legislation, including the Public Officers Accountability Act, that would punish those who betray the public trust and deter abuses of power like the kind we have seen over the past couple of months in the Legislature.
Given the recent unfortunate circumstances in Albany, now, more than ever is the time to enact term limits for legislative leaders. While I have always had a cordial relationship with Senator Skelos, the fact remains that no leader can remain in their position after being indicted. We must do what is necessary to preserve our integrity and drain the swamp that is New York State government. I will continue to call out corruption in any party, house or leadership position as long as I am in office.”
Skelos has admitted to being the subject of a federal investigation in previous weeks and it was reported today that he and his son have turned themselves in to the FBI this morning on public corruption charges.
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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