“Today the Assembly had a chance to pass 17 different rules reforms that would have lifted the shroud of secrecy and corruption that have surrounded the house for years. Unfortunately, Assembly Democrats chose to ignore the state-wide call for transparency, openness and accountability that has been growing for years.  The so called ‘Reform Caucus’ that pledged to clean up Albany’s murky and besmirched political culture is filled with the same members who, today, voted down the reforms they once promised to uphold.  Their hypocrisy is stunning and speaks to the all talk, no action ways of Assembly Democrats and the scare tactics of their leadership.”

          “It has been almost seven weeks since the Speaker of the Assembly was arrested on federal corruption charges and we still have not seen a single piece of ethics or pro-transparency legislation come before members for a vote. That is unacceptable, and today is another example of how restoring trust and integrity to government is not on the agenda of Assembly Democratic leadership.  As an elected official, I am sincerely disappointed and discouraged that every one of these measures was defeated today. New Yorkers deserve a higher standard of government.”      

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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