The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.
Reform groups are focusing attention on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.
One of the most controversial recommendations in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report released this week is to enact public financing of campaigns for statewide elections.
Advocates and lawmakers at the Capitol are reacting to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report. It offers scathing criticism of what the commission says is a corrupt culture in Albany, and recommends numerous reforms.
Among the many recommendations contained in the report from the Moreland Commission is one to dismantle the New York State Board of Elections, which the commission members called an abject failure in its oversight and enforcement of state election laws. The board would be replaced by a new watchdog agency to be headed by a person appointed for a five-year term by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The Board of Elections, and the Moreland Commission report, was the topic of discussion on WAMC’s capitol connection program with Alan Chartock, and Blair Horner, the legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
A government watchdog group in New York is calling for strict limits on money individuals and corporations can give candidates in state elections.
The New York Public Interest Research Group blames the state's political scandals on lax limits, poor enforcement and loopholes. It says individual limits per candidate should be $2,600 per election with a $1,000 corporate limit to any campaign committee during an election cycle.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today took questions on the state of the investigation into public corruption by the Moreland Act Commission. Responding to a report in the Daily News that said half of state legislators are complying with the investigation despite the body’s contention that it violates separation of powers, Cuomo says such cooperation disproves the legal argument.
Fair elections supporters held a conference call this week to push for New York State campaign finance reform and public funding of elections.
A coalition of citizen activist groups including Citizen Action and the Working Families Party used the call as a platform to state their case for establishing a public financing system for New York state elections.
New York State’s Moreland Commission, in an effort to root out public corruption, is looking into lawmakers’ outside income. After some lawmakers rebuffed the Commission’s requests, its co-chairs indicated subpoenas were forthcoming.