June 14, 2011
Lawmakers avoid true ethics reform
Thanks for the coverage you have been providing on the pending ethics reform in the New York State Legislature (“Cuomo, legislative leaders reach deal on ethics reform,” June 4). It was infuriating to read that the most severe punishments in the law will only apply to newly elected officials. Anyone currently holding office in the Senate or Assembly is exempt. Are they joking?
Our New York state government has produced more convicted felons than any other state in recent history. Many of those currently serving in the Legislature have spent years and years helping cultivate unethical behavior by refusing to disclose outside income sources, and voting against an independent ethics review board. Once again they are proving they are part of the problem by legislating reform on everyone but themselves.