In the aftermath of Sheldon Silver’s prison sentencing and days before Dean Skelos is likely to receive a similar fate, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) announced today that he is working with Assembly Bill Drafting to introduce a comprehensive ethics package aimed at addressing the root causes of public corruption that have been brought to the forefront in recent days.
“If there’s one thing New Yorkers can’t stand above all else, it is public corruption,” McLaughlin said. “Televising committee meetings and posting votes online does absolutely nothing in terms of mitigating the root causes of corruption: consolidated power, money and influence. Clearly, Silver and Skelos leaving office in handcuffs has not changed a thing, and we all now know that Assembly leadership and the governor’s office offer nothing but false promises and pandering when it comes to ethics reform.”
McLaughlin’s Ethics Package Includes:
- CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM - Reducing political contribution limits from $100,000 to $10,000 that can be donated to state, county and local political committees. Individuals, corporations, unions, lobby groups and businesses will all be subject to the same restrictions.
- END BID RIGGING – Establishes a 1 year moratorium on political donations for any individual, business or corporation that submits an RFP (Request for Proposal) to New York State. This ends political influence from the day an entity has business before the state and prevents the pay-to-play culture of Albany. Additionally, when the applicant entity submits an RFP, the applicant must notify who they have made contributions to and then the recipient must refund the entire contribution(s) made within the previous 365 days (one-year lookback provision).
- EIGHT YEAR TERM LIMITS FOR LEGISLATIVE LEADERS – Includes Majority and Minority Leaders of both houses. (Assembly Democrats have blocked this bill multiple times)
- PENSION FORFEITURE FOR CORRUPT LAWMAKERS – All public officials would be required to forfeit their public retirement benefits upon a felony conviction related to their public duties. (Current legislation has passed Senate but blocked by Assembly Democrats)
“What is frustrating is that I know many rank-and-file Democrats in the Assembly that would vote for substantial ethics reform but are being threatened by the leadership to fall in line,” McLaughlin said. “Those who ignore injustice are just as guilty as the ones who enable it. If you don’t have the courage to vote your conscience and do what’s right regardless of the political consequences than you are no better than a gutless sheep being herded toward the final slaughterhouse. This is not a partisan issue, it’s an integrity issue. Drain the swamp.”
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