Assemblyman Graf Joins Bipartisan Push To End Destruction Of Case Files

January 20, 2011

Assemblyman Graf speaks at a press conference at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C–Holbrook) today joined a bipartisan group of legislators at a press conference to introduce legislation that would make the destruction of constituent case files by an elected official a crime. The bill, of which Graf is a co-sponsor, seeks to stop this irresponsible practice by imposing penalties of up to a year in prison and a $25,000 fine.

“The legislators present at today’s press conference are demonstrating that they ran for office for the right reason - to serve the people of their district,” said Graf. “I am proud to be a sponsor of this bill that seeks to hold elected officials to the basic standards of accountability that are required of public servants.”

Graf was joined by a number of Assembly and Senate colleagues that banded together in support of the bill. The assemblyman pointed to the level of bipartisan support as evidence of how vital the legislation truly is.

“To have legislators from both sides of the aisle stand up together and say with one voice that ‘enough is enough’ just goes to show how badly the state of New York needs this kind of legislation,” said Graf. “This bill is about putting people before politics, and I could not be happier to be a part of that effort.”