In his first major address since last week’s corruption scandals in Albany involving the arrests of state Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson and several other political leaders on both sides of the aisle, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new ethics reform package in New York City Tuesday afternoon.
Cuomo’s proposal will empower district attorneys across the state to pursue public corruption cases.
“We can and we must do better," Cuomo said. "We won’t rest until the system ensures government integrity by doing our best to prevent violations in the first place and to ensure punishment if there are offenses. New York state has a zero tolerance for public trust violations. The people demand nothing less.”