Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 14th A.D.) is co-sponsoring a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for outgoing legislators to destroy constituent case files. The legislation has been proposed due to a recent trend of former legislators who bitterly destroyed all of their files following their election loss.
“I was extremely lucky that my predecessor, Assemblyman Bob Barra, kept his constituent case files for me and made my transition very smooth. Sadly, some of my colleagues were not that fortunate and will have to start from scratch, delaying the resolution of problems for constituents who were looking for help from their elected representatives,” said Curran.
Assemblyman Boyle, the sponsor of this bill, will be forwarding the language on to Governor Cuomo in hopes of it being included in an ethics reform package.
“Destroying constituent casework files should be a misdemeanor because it has the potential to really hurt New Yorkers. Our purpose as public servants is just that, to serve the public, not to play petty political games with the serious personal issues of our constituents,” said Curran.