Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today voted in favor of legislation, A.9544, which strengthens ethics standards for the executive and legislative branches of state government. The legislation also addresses lobbyist ethics, campaign finance laws and provides increased transparency for campaign contribution activities.
“Ethics reform within state government is long overdue. Although I had hoped for a stronger ethics bill to vote on, it is imperative that we make progress toward fixing a broken Albany,” stated Oaks.
The ethics bill will establish separate oversight commissions with greater independence to assist with investigations and oversee lobbyist ethics, executive ethics, and ethical standards. It also will increase fines on unethical acts of campaign filings and contributions.
“It is my hope that this is not the end but rather the beginning of New York’s ethics overhaul,” stated Oaks. “I will continue to fight for tougher rules and harsher penalties on those who break them.”