There have been a number of ideas and suggestions on how to improve the New York State Legislature, especially after the recent arrest of two lawmakers on corruption charges. One of the ideas is changing the job from part-time to full time. That’s not a new thought, in fact it was suggested more than 100 years ago, in 1910, by then newly-elected State Senator Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
A full-time legislature is now being promoted by political activist and government reform advocate Bill Samuels, founder of the government reform group, New Roosevelt, and co-founder of effective New York. Samuels, a New York City businessman who has been involved in Democratic politics for many years, spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.