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Issues: End Public Corruption

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Moreland Commission on Public Corruption: Create a new Moreland Commission on Public Corruption to pick up where the commission Governor Cuomo shut down in 2014 left off. Give it the funding and the autonomy it needs to let the commissioners hire staff this time and follow through on its investigations without interference from the governor's office or the legislature.

Independent Ethics Oversight: Establish a truly independent ethics commission with comprehensive responsibility for ethics enforcement. Give it the resources necessary to vigorously investigate and punish ethics rules violations by members of both the executive and legislative branches. Operate it under the following rules:

  • No elected officials on its governing board.

  • A five-year revolving door restriction for recent politicians or their staff members to serve as board or staff for the Ethics Commission.

  • Apply Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws to the Ethics Commission.

Procurement Integrity Act: Restore the state Comptroller's authority to pre-screen construction projects at SUNY campuses and related facilities, including its nonprofits.

Fund Ethics Enforcement by County District Attorneys: County DAs need additional resources in order to enforce public ethics laws in addition to their work on street crime.

Full-Time Legislature: Limit income from outside work while serving in office, similar to limitations on Representatives in Congress. Legislators should be public servants, not politicians getting rich from the work (show or no-show) they secure because they are legislators who influence legislation.

Term Limits: 2 four-year terms for executive officers, 6 two-year terms for legislators.

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