“It is one day before we have to vote on how to spend nearly $142 billion in taxpayer money, and I still can’t tell you what exactly we will be voting on. The absolute hypocrisy is that just last week, Assembly Democrats were proud to vote for their so-called transparency and accountability reforms, yet 99 percent of the public, media and legislators have been completely excluded from budget negotiations.
“Legislative leaders have doubled-down on the ‘three men in a room’ that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara warned against as a way to isolate their power and influence and avoid dissent from the public and media. Even though two of the three amigos are now behind bars, it seems as though nothing has changed in Albany. Legislative leaders and Gov. Cuomo are still overly-willing to sacrifice government transparency and accountability for accumulation of power, money and influence, and that is a disgraceful reflection on New York State.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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