Galef to Host Good Government Groups for Discussion on How to Reform Albany

May 24, 2010

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef invites the public to become part of the solution to fix Albany with good government groups including New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Common Cause/NY, the League of Women Voters, and Citizens Union. She will host a discussion, with these groups and former Lieutenant Governor Al DelBello, on changes needed to ensure government can operate more fairly, openly and equitably, and function smoothly, on Thursday, June 3rd from 7-9pm at the Croton Village Hall, 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson.

Reform agendas have recently come into the spotlight as ethics, bad behavior, and mismanaging of tax dollars have hit the headlines, and as the state budget process has ground to a halt. The discussion will focus on such issues as holding government officials accountable to higher ethical standards; making it more transparent; fairly allocating resources throughout the state; assuring accountability for tax dollars; making campaigns work for the people – not the special interests – and stopping legislators from drawing their own district lines.

“I will continue to fight for government reform, as I have been doing. I am pleased that a reform agenda does seem to be gaining traction. My hope is that this forum will attract interested community members and will help identify how grassroots support for reform can start to make a difference,” said Assemblywoman Galef. “Hopefully the crisis with the state budget, the senate impasse last year, and the varying lawsuits and news stories that have put government leaders into the headlines will help push the envelope so that we can make some much needed changes in our state. Now is the time to move ahead in this area.”

Panelists in addition to Mr. DelBello, who also chairs the board of the Westchester County Association, include: NYPIRGS’s legislative director Blair Horner, the League of Women Voters of NY State’s legislative director Barbara Bartoletti, Common Cause/New York’s associate director Deanna Bitetti, and Citizens Union’s policy and research manager Rachael Fauss. Each group brings a distinct position to the table, but they have all come together to solicit legislators to sign their Pledge for Change New York, which the Assemblywoman signed at the end of March.

“We really must take advantage of this moment in time to press for improvements in our processes and our controls. I encourage everyone interested in fixing Albany to attend,” concluded Galef.