“Corrupt public officials should not be supported by the taxpayers they defrauded”
Albany, N.Y. – (06/13/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is applauding the passage of an ethics reform bill created to clean-up the climate of corruption in Albany. The ethics package (S5679/A8301), which includes Senator Ball’s so-called “Liebell Reforms,” will now strip public officials of their pension if they are convicted of a felony while on the job.
“Public corruption is a costly burden that no taxpayer should have to pay,” said Senator Ball. “Closing this loophole is a common sense measure that should have been taken years ago. Corrupt public officials should not be supported by the taxpayers they defrauded. I’m proud to say we’ve taken one step toward restoring integrity to this great state,” added Ball.
Other key ingredients included in the package are:
- Expands disclosure of outside employment and income of all legislators, and makes the information available to the public.
- Creates a new independent, bipartisan Joint Commission of Public Ethics (JCOPE), which for the first time, has jurisdiction over the Executive and Legislative branches.
- Oversees lobbyist with newly expanded disclosure rules.
- Requires that pension rights be forfeited when a public employee is convicted of certain crimes relating to public employment.
Senator Ball began his push to clean-up the culture of corruption in Albany during his time in the New York State Assembly. He renewed his push following the conviction of former NYS Senator Vincent Liebell, who was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Liebell, who formerly held the 40th district seat now occupied by Ball, is receiving $71,331 a year in pension benefits.