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.
New York Governor Cuomo and the state’s district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany.
The bills would make it easier for the state’s DA’s to prosecute cases of bribery, and politicians and others involved in bribery schemes. It would also create a new crime of failure to report bribery. Anyone who does not blow the whistle if they discover potential corruption could be charged with a misdemeanor.
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.