On March 22nd, Long Island’s Newsday published an editorial entitled “It’s Time to End Pay to Play,” calling for the legislature to pass public financing of elections for New York State races.
In the past two years, Gov. David A. Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have all supported campaign financing reform, if not outright public financing. Which ones will now take ownership of the movement for campaign reform – Paterson? Silver? Or Smith?
The editorial was written because of some of Hevesi’s top aides getting $30 million + in kickbacks, which is only the latest instance of scandal and corruption that Albany sees each year.
As the editorial mentions, after Hevesi resigned from office and was replaced by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, DiNapoli instituted a series of guidelines and regulations that help reduce the potential for corruption.
But new rules aren’t enough. Comptroller DiNapoli has made public his strong support for public financing of elections. As have the leaders of both chambers of the legislature and the governor.
Now is the time to pass public financing of elections, to bring real reform to the way Albany does business, to bring power back to the people of New York.
Click here to send your message to the State Senate right now. Tell them to support public financing of elections!
By Charlie Albanetti on May 4th, 2009