NEW YORK, NY -- “With the conviction this week of two sitting state senators, both who served in leadership positions, there have been 39 state level officials forced from office for arrests, convictions or ethical lapses since 2003.
We do need to fix certain aspects of our ethics laws, like closing the LLC Loophole, and pension forfeiture for elected officials who violate the public trust. There is no shortage of wrongdoers already getting caught, but we must make rules robust, oversight reliable, and punishment sure.
And it's time for the people of the State of New York - we, the citizens - to hold lawmakers accountable at the ballot box. Four of the disgraced officials were re-elected by their district voters last November. Voters need to place ethical behavior above party affiliation if we are to truly right the ship."