Since early last year, we watched as Albany’s two former legislative leaders, Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver, were arrested, convicted and sentenced for using their positions for personal financial gain. Sadly, they are not alone in this criminal breach of the public’s trust; they’ve joined the ranks of 27 other state legislators convicted since 2003.
Albany’s response has been silence.
As your state senator, I will vote for every single piece of legislation that punishes corrupt politicians and makes it harder for them to abuse their power. In the instances of Skelos and Silver, simple remedies could have prevented, or at least hindered, their crimes, measures that the State Senate refused to move on, including:
- Banning all outside income for legislators
- Closing the LLC loophole that shields big donors behind anonymous shell corporations
- Requiring legislators to disclose any personal business dealings that could affect their vote
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