Statement on Ethics Reforms


“After serving in the State Senate for twelve months, I’m encouraged by yesterday’s passage of ethics reform.  For too long, special interests have been able to unfairly influence State representatives behind closed-doors without the public’s knowledge.  As a result, Albany politicians have been unaccountable for their actions because of weak ethics laws.  New York citizens deserve better.

Specifically, stronger public disclosure laws and penalties for those who violate them will lead to making State government more transparent and hopefully change the way Albany does business.  These ethics reforms are only a first step and much more work needs to be done.

I look forward to continuing yesterday’s efforts to not only pass stronger ethics laws, but to restore the public’s trust and confidence in State government.”