“During last night’s special session, I was poised to vote for the Senate ethics reforms so that New Yorkers would begin to have greater confidence in their State government. Unfortunately, the ethics reform proposal became poisoned by an amendment to create a partisan board that lacks fair and balanced representation.
“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.