Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 14th A.D.) today voted in favor of the Public Integrity and Reform Act of 2011. The bill contains several significant ethics reforms that target elected officials as well as legislative and executive branch employees.
“As ranking minority member of the Assembly Ethics and Guidance Committee, I am pleased that we are moving in the right direction on ethics reform,” said Curran. “Though there is far more that needs to be done in terms of comprehensive ethics reform, the passage of this bill demonstrates that both parties want to end a culture of corruption that has plagued Albany for years.”
The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 establishes a Joint Commission on Public Ethics to oversee the conduct of lobbyists, requires mandatory ethics training, and increases the financial disclosure requirements of elected officials and their staffs. The bill also requires the forfeiture of a public officer’s pension if he or she has been convicted of a felony.
“No longer will taxpayers be forced to subsidize the golden years of corrupt career politicians,” said Curran. “The Public Integrity and Reform Act is a step in the right direction.”