Raia Statement On Ethics Legislation

February 5, 2010

“For too long, the problem has not been what is illegal in Albany, but what is legal,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport).

“The ethics legislation I voted to approve today finally puts New York State lobbying regulations in line with federal law, abolishes expensive gifts to lawmakers, and creates an independent commission to oversee compliance. This commission would abolish the Public Integrity Commission, dominated as it is by Governor Paterson’s appointees, and replace it with a balanced staff of members selected by the governor, comptroller and attorney general.

“If, as former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brandeis wrote, sunlight is the best disinfectant, then true independence for ethics commissions and individual accountability are the most effective ways to guarantee an Albany clean-up. I encourage Governor Paterson to accept this important legislation today.”