End NY Corruption
Enact Term LimitsHey, if it was good enough for George Washington, it should be good enough for the Governor and Legislature. We need to open up our political system and the longer politicians are in office, the less responsive they can be to our needs. They also have more opportunities to abuse the public trust. And let’s face it – being an elected official isn’t supposed to be a career.
End Bonuses for PoliticiansThe vast majority of state legislators make an additional $10,000 in stipends on top of a salary which is already third-highest in the nation. Eliminating these “lulus,” will make lawmakers more accountable to people rather than political leaders who control these bonuses. The Legislature should restrict these stipends to only those lawmakers who have the largest leadership responsibilities.
Tell your state lawmakers that at a time when people are being taxed out of their homes, legislative bonuses are offensive.
Make the Legislature Subject to Transparency LawsCan you believe the State Legislature is exempt from public transparency laws? We couldn’t either. A loophole in the state’s Freedom of Information Law actually prevents taxpayers from examining legislative records such as timesheets and emails. Eliminating this loophole is essential to restoring accountability in state government.
Tell your state legislators shadowy practices lead to costly corruption. They need to be held to the same standards as every other public official.
Mandate Public Debate of All LegislationNew York is famous for passing bills in the middle of the night before the public or even many State Legislators have time to read or debate them. That’s a recipe for more spending, more borrowing, and shady deals. Three men in a room isn’t democracy and leads to deals that are great for politicians but bad for taxpayers.
Tell your officials that all legislation should be released to the public and given time for real debate.
Restore the Citizen LegislatureThe State Legislature’s six-month schedule makes it difficult for lawmakers to maintain ordinary employment in the private-sector–an important component of a citizen-driven, part-time legislature. New York is only of only 11 states that doesn’t limit the amount of time in session. Spending more time in Albany is the last thing we need from the legislature.
Tell your state legislators to shorten the session so they can get back home and do the people’s business in their local communities.
Stop Political PensionsState lawmakers and other elected officials have made themselves eligible for generous public pensions that were designed for career government employees, not to line the pockets of politicians. Today, New Yorkers are even responsible for paying millions of dollars in pensions to public officials who have been convicted of abusing their offices.
Tell your state legislators they should lead by example and have a 401K like private sector workers.