Sen. Ball: “Cut the Crap, Just Reform It”
Ball: “All organized political parties must go. Give the power to the people.”
Albany, N.Y. – 4/22/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) introduced a comprehensive package of reforms today to root out public corruption and rebuild public trust.
For several years now Senator Ball has been a leading advocate for term limits and government reform. Senator Ball cut his teeth in politics taking on the corruption in Putnam County. In fact, Senator Ball’s predecessor was sentenced to 21 months in prison after he plead guilty to obstruction of justice.
Following the most recent reports of corruption in Albany, Senator Ball has reignited his reform push through what he has delicately called the ‘Cut the Crap’ reform package.
“If you want to really take down the culture of corruption you can’t nibble at the edges. This package will permanently change politics as we know it,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This package presents far reaching reforms that will comprehensively flip politics in New York State on its head. For that reason, while I have dubbed it the ‘Cut the Crap’ package, maybe it should be more aptly be named the ‘Dead on Arrival’ package. Let’s admit up front that many elected officials and party leaders like the system the way it is now. That said, as a legislator I must use my position to at least try to make a real difference.”
Senator Ball’s proposed package includes four key measures:
Non-Partisan Elections: Political Parties Must Go!
The proposal would eliminate political party affiliation on the official ballot, allowing candidates to run as individuals. Candidates, after collecting the required number of signatures from active voters to appear on the ballot, would run as individuals without a party affiliation. All voters and candidates would still be allowed to register to a party, but would not be required to do so.
Term Limits: Move Up, Move Out!
Senator Ball’s term limit proposal would limit the amount of terms a person could hold a specific office to a total of three terms. Senator Ball also has legislation term limiting legislative positions and chairmanships. When elected to the Assembly, Ball signed a pledge to his constituents that he would term-limit himself to 3 terms. Ball kept that pledge, and will adhere to the same in the Senate.
Eliminate Pensions For Crooks!
Ball’s bill goes even further than the most recent reforms and fully closes a loop hole in New York State social security law, which allows public employees who are convicted of crimes related to their offices, to still receive a state pension and retirement benefits. Senator Ball has proposed such legislation and has developed bipartisan support.
Full Financial Disclosure!
While the good government groups focus on the size of contributions, they are missing the real root of corruption. Ball’s proposal would require full public disclosure of campaign finances including reporting all outside income and personal assets. All donations would also be required to be reported within 24 hours of receipt.
For more information please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.