Calls for Governor to Support Proposed Bill
Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) commended Governor David Paterson on Tuesday for his announcement of a broad ethics reform package, which Paterson disclosed today at Wednesday’s State of the State Address.
“This legislature is a rat’s nest of insiders, expertly leveraging their positions of public trust for their private benefit. I applaud the Governor for his initiative, yet hope that this new push will go beyond a simple press release,” Ball said. “The Legislature has spoken words of reform for a decade now, fully embracing the principle without ever intending to put these ideals into law. The recent Bruno case is just one small example and a common symptom of a much larger dilemma. If this Governor is serious about term limits and cracking down on outside influences and income he will have to take on Sheldon Silver, the real 800 pound gorilla and start a just and overdue war against Albany, Inc.”
At the beginning of the 2010 session, Assemblyman Ball will re-introduce the ‘Bruno-Silver’ Ethics Reform Bill, which reaches beyond the limitations proposed by Paterson . Ball hopes the Governor will endorse his bill.
In addition to campaign finance limits and term limits, Ball’s legislation will prevent lawmakers from holding any outside business interests and limiting their annual income to their government salaries. Paterson ‘s proposals, which Ball supports, call for elected officials to fully disclose their outside business interests, including client lists for attorneys.
“Millions of dollars are being shifted from state coffers to private interests at the behest of legislative members on both sides of the aisle and in both houses” Ball said. “The game of shifting money into non-profits and through law firms, thereby hiding behind ‘attorney-client’ privilege has become a professional sport in New York , and taxpayers are flipping the bill. The time for debating right from wrong is over,” Ball said.