On the heels of a campaign-like stop in Onondaga yesterday to push for his post-budget agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a video message to New Yorkers today calling for ethics reform.
In the video, Cuomo calls for full disclosure of outside income and an independent monitor to serve as a legislative watchdog.
“I wear a pin that says ‘I work for the people,'” Cuomo says. “The question is, who do your legislators work for. You have a right to know. I want sweeping ethics reform that will require disclosure of clients that legislators represent before the state; and disclosure of how much they get paid. Not surprisingly, the legislature doesn’t want to pass real ethics reform.”
And he tells New Yorkers that ethics reform won’t happen because he calls for it, but only if they push their representatives on the matter.
“Democracy works when the people make their voice heard. It’s your government. Take control. Tell your legislators to pass ethics reform and pass it this year. Let’s make New York State government one that we can be proud of once again. Its time the people of the Empire State strike back and tell their politicians that enough is enough its time to clean up Albany. Together we will do just that.”
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