Andrew Cuomo is using the arrests of two Democratic state legislators to underscore a point he made while attorney general and now as governor: that Albany’s dysfunction extends deeper than passing budgets on time and normal partisan gridlock: it’s rooted deep inside the inner workings of the legislature, and hidden behind opaque disclosure rules.
The arrests, Cuomo said, “highlight the urgent need for the legislature to pass comprehensive ethics reform – now.”
“During the campaign, I made a commitment that we would either pass real ethics reform with real disclosure and real enforcement or I would form a Moreland Commission on public integrity. New Yorkers deserve a clean and transparent government comprised of officials who work for the people, not for the special interests and certainly not for their own corrupt self-interests. Today, I reaffirm my commitment to clean up Albany and state clearly that either ethics legislation will be passed or I will form a Moreland Commission by the end of this legislative session.”