Syracuse, N.Y., September 20, 2018 - Today is a sad day for New Yorkers, but we have more sad days ahead. That’s because more of Andrew Cuomo's cronies are heading to prison in the coming weeks.
How many public officials have to be convicted before we act? Cuomo promised to clean up Albany, but we’ve had 8 years of the corrupt status quo. Both major parties are to blame for tolerating bad behavior and not passing meaningful ethics reform.
The Miner-Volpe administration pledges to:
- Disband the ineffective Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) and replace it with a truly independent commission with the power to investigate and fight corruption.
- Ban anonymous campaign contributions (the “LLC loophole”).
- Prohibit use of state giveaways in the form of ‘economic development programs’ aimed at rewarding campaign contributors and friends.
- Empower the State Comptroller, not the Governor, as chief oversight agent of economic development proposals to restore fairness and openness to the process.
- Limit outside compensation of statewide officials and state legislators to 25% of their salaries.
We can’t trust the same people who created the problem – and benefit from it -- to change Albany’s culture. It’s time for a new approach and that requires leading by example.