Bills Would Limit Use of Campaign Money and Strip Pensions of Any Official Who Breaches Public Trust—Also Announce Support of Governor Legislative Ethics Package
Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today unveiled a tough legislative ethics package designed to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State. The Conference also announced their support for the principles of the Governor’s legislative package the “New York Public Trust Act.”
The League of Women Voters of Westchester, in collaboration with The American Association of University Women and the White Plains YWCA, sponsored the Running and Winning Workshop on Wednesday, April 17th, a day-long program for selected female students with potentiality to become great leaders. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was one of the elected officials who participated in this program who spoke at the event to encourage young women to run for public office someday.
Supporters of publicly financed campaigns filed into the State Capitol Wednesday to lobby for their cause. At times, their arguments were wonky, Other times, less so, such as when some shouted, "Money out, voters in!"
"I'm hoping this is not one of them," said state Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "We all understand the importance of getting people back involved in the process."
Dozens of protesters donned dollar bill costumes and took to the Capitol lawn last Wednesday in the hope of getting the Fair Elections Act (S.4705-a) to the floor of the Senate before the end of the session.
The protest was comprised of several different groups including the Fair Elections for New York campaign, the anti-corruption group Represent. Us and Stamp Stampede, an organization that stamps anti-bribery messages onto dollar bills.
Leader Stewart-Cousins was on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning to discuss what still needed to be done before the end of session, including the gambling expansion plan, ethics and campaign finance reform, and the women's equality agenda.
Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today announced the introduction of legislation to hold the state’s Primary Election day for state and federal offices in June. This billwould save state and local governments $50 million by holding a single primary election andmoving Primary Election day from the month of September.
“This is a common sense and good government approach to save our local taxpayers at least $50million and will help increase voter turnout, giving more people a voice in the electoral process ,” Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.
Albany, NY - Please join the Fair Elections for New York Campaign, Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Members of the New York State Senate and Assembly, and women's rights advocates to call for Fair Elections, a public financing system for state elections in the final 2014 budget.
Fair Elections is supported by a vast majority of women in the New York State Senate and Assembly, and is a women's issue that can be accomplished in this budget.