Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) released the following statement regarding the ethics reform agreement Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday afternoon.
"Over the past 10 years, more Albany politicians have been indicted or
have resigned amid scandal than have lost general election. Western New Yorkers are sick and tired of seeing elected officials dragged out of office in handcuffs. Cleaning up Albany has been a top priority for me, and I'm very pleased that an agreement on ethics reform has finally been reached.
"We have been persistently advocating for major components included in the plan - especially an independent, nonpartisan ethics commission and full disclosure of outside income. I believe this comprehensive ethics reform legislation will finally begin the long overdue crackdown on the Capitol crime spree.
"The Joint Commission on Public Ethics will have the power to attack
corruption. As it has been initially outlined, the commission will have
the strong hand needed to break the cycle of dysfunction that has
plagued Albany for far too long. In addition, the measures forcing
legislators to fully disclose their outside incomes will open the door
and shed light on any shadowy dealings from Albany's backrooms.
"This ethics reform package will instill transparency and accountability
in the halls of the State Capitol, and it will help restore New Yorkers'
faith and trust in their government. I'm looking forward to casting my
vote to approve the legislation."