ALBANY – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R, Fishkill) said the governor’s proposed legislation to get tough on public corruption is only a first step.
Lalor said the second step “has to be clearing the legislature of leadership that has tolerated corruption,” and that should start at the top of the Assembly with Democrat Speaker Sheldon Silver stepping down.
The freshman lawmaker said there should be term limits on the legislature and those in its leadership positions.
A New York City councilman has been stripped of his power to direct money for his district and a state senator has been removed from his leadership role after their arrests in a federal corruption case.
City Councilman Dan Halloran was stripped of his committee assignments and money-allocating authority Tuesday evening.
Earlier Tuesday, state Sen. Malcolm Smith was removed from his committee assignments and leadership post in the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference. It forms a majority coalition with Senate Republicans.