As the Assembly prepares for a leadership transition, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is expressing the need to bring real ethics reform to Albany.
“With a new speaker must come real reforms to limit the power of the position and the number of years one person can hold it,” said Malliotakis. “With the departure of Sheldon Silver comes a rare opportunity for us to implement ethics reforms we have been pushing for years that will make our government function better for the benefit of all New Yorkers.”
Malliotakis and members of the Assembly Minority Conference have long advocated for proposals such as:
- Implementing eight-year term limits for legislative leaders and committee chairs;
- Requiring every appropriation to be specifically identified in the State Budget with notification to the attorney general that no conflict of interest exists;
- Prohibiting any appropriation to organizations that employ or compensate the governor, a legislator or family member;
- Establishing new crimes and increased penalties for those who act against the public trust or fail to report corruption;
- Stripping pensions from those convicted of betraying public trust;
- Ensuring transparency and easier public access to committee meetings and votes;
- Forfeiture of campaign contributions by an elected official convicted of a felony offense related to his or her official duties;
- Prohibiting use of campaign funds for personal use; and
- Creating penalties for failing to file financial disclosure statements within 30 days after the deadline.
Malliotakis would also like to see changes made to the Assembly rules that limit the speaker’s ability to:
- Secretly dole out grants without legislative approval;
- Unilaterally maintain a slush fund of taxpayer money to spend;
- Unilaterally stop legislation from coming to the floor despite overwhelming bi-partisan support; and
- Unilaterally strip members of leadership positions, stipends or staff allocation if they simply disagree with him or her.