The site will seek the direct input of taxpayers and state employees who can anonymously report wasteful acts they have witnessed, or of which they have become aware. Kolb and the Assembly Minority Conference will then publicize the reports, submit them to the Administration, and seek non-partisan legislative remedies to rectify the problems to ensure greater fiscal accountability and responsibility in state government. The website – www.stopgovernmentwasteny.com – is now live and some of its features include:
- Offering taxpayers and state employees an on-line mechanism to report known instances of state government waste directly on the website – it also allows individuals reporting such tips an ability to retain their anonymity;
- Listing of several recent examples uncovered by the media of state government waste, fraud and misuse of taxpayer dollars; and
- Outline how government waste leads to higher taxes, a strain on the delivery of essential public services and further erodes public confidence in state government and the men and women serving in it.
“Our state faces another multi-billion dollar budget deficit. If ever there was a time when we needed to ensure that the taxpayers’ hard-earned money is not wasted, now is that time. We are asking all New York taxpayers to help us in this effort,” Kolb said.
“This new website is one of many things our Conference will be doing this session to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in government. Our focus will be non-partisan – in tough times like these, we need New Yorkers of all political affiliations suited up and on the field in the fight against waste, fraud and abuse of public monies,” Kolb concluded.