(New York, NY) The New York State Senate Ethics Committee today began a series of three public hearings throughout the state to listen to comments and ideas from the public about several ethics reform proposals. Four bills will be discussed during the hearings, two sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and two sponsored by Senator Daniel Squadron.The bills are:
New York, New York – State Senator Liz Krueger today applauded Governor Paterson for backing ethics and campaign finance legislation she carries. “While the full details of the Governor’s reform package are not yet clear, the Governor's Q&A with the press earlier today indicates that a number of important reform bills I sponsor will part of the package, and I am pleased to have the Governor’s support for these efforts,” said Senator Krueger.
State Senate Democrats unveiled a comprehensive ethics package today and called on it to pass quickly in order to reinsure voters that an election season promise is being honored.
Minority leader John Sampson said that the Democrats' six-part bill that will cover a variety of ethically-dubious areas including client disclosure requirements, proper use of campaign funds, the need to eliminate the existing 'pay to play' attitude, and the creation of an independent redistricting commission.
"We need to make these changes because they have lost faith, trust and confidence in us," Sampson said. "If we ask them to tighten their belts, we have to tighten our belts."
On Monday, Senator Krueger joined her colleagues in the Democratic Conference in urging the Republican Majority to keep their promise and take action on comprehensive ethics, campaign finance and independent redistricting reform. In doing so, Senator Krueger called specific attention to her legislation (S.3053 / Krueger) that would set specific requirements for reporting lobbyist donations and for the ways in which campaign funds can be used.
Petition to Require Public Hearings on Outside Income Disclosure, Stripping Convicted Pols of Pensions and Independent Legislative Oversight
(Albany, NY) Ignoring the overwhelming public support for ethics reform evidenced in recent public polling, Senate Republicans continue to stall negotiations and block progress on this critical legislation even as the Legislature prepares to break for the remainder of April. To break the Albany logjam and deliver the change New Yorkers want, Senate Democrats submitted petitions to force public action on key ethics reform bills.
Answering the public’s call for action, Senate Democrats are seeking to force hearings this month on ethics legislation including:
Two days ahead of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and reform advocate Bill Samuels announced a new campaign finance reform proposal: a grand bargain that can accomplish Governor Cuomo’s previously-stated goal of a true “fair elections” matching-funds system, without running afoul of some legislators’ objections to taxpayer funding of elections.
In a press conference at the state capitol, Krueger and Samuels challenged Gov. Cuomo and the state legislature to implement full campaign finance reform, including a small-donation matching-funds system, by taking advantage of the high-profile push for controlled legalization of casino gaming in New York State.
Join Senator Krueger and our distinguished panel as we discuss the importance of our broken campaign finance system, the effort to reform it that's underway, and the practical effects this issue has on the lives of everyday New Yorkers and our community as a whole.
In Politicker's continuing coverage of the wave of federal arrests of politicians and political party officials, Liz makes the case that real campaign finance reform is necessary to truly clean up New York politics.
Sen. Krueger called in to the Brian Lehrer show this morning to discuss the end of the legislative session and the high-priority legislation that's currently blocked by the Republican-IDC "coalition" in the Senate.
Sen. Krueger spoke Monday night on the failure of the 2014 state budget to include meaningful campaign finance reforms. A last-minute one-off matching-funds "pilot program" for one statewide office that seems designed to fail isn't a substitute for real reforms and represents a self-defeating step backward, not a compromise.