“It should not take five agonizing weeks and a 31-legislator Senate gridlock to produce reform that is in the best interest of the people of New York State. An agreement was finally reached last night to end the month-long impasse and chaos in Albany, but what was missing was bipartisan reforms dictating how the state Legislature is to operate. I am calling on legislative leaders in both houses to seize this crucial moment and enact reforms that will make this a better state.
The Speaker must use his power and overwhelming majority in the Assembly to enact reforms that will make our legislative process more open, transparent and efficient. He can do that by passing reform measures my Assembly Minority Conference has been advocating for years, including more participation by rank-and-file legislators, equal staff and member item allotments, and permission for each Assembly member to bring at least one piece of significant legislation to the floor for a proper debate and vote. It is our job as public servants to make sure we are accountable to the people who elect us. Speaker Silver has a golden opportunity to ensure every legislator has the ability to serve, not just their respective constituencies, but all the people of this great state by making state government more open and fair.”