Assemblywoman Galef Releases Results of Spring 2010 Constituent Questionnaire

Constituents Overwhelmingly Support Good Government Groups’ Pledge for Change
July 15, 2010

Assemblywoman Galef hosts a Reform Roundtable on June 3, 2010 where she discussed reforms with good government groups. From left, Rachael Fauss of Citizens Union of the City of New York, Alfred DelBello of the Westchester County Association, Assemblywoman Galef, Barbara Bartoletti of League of Women Voters of New York State, Deanna Bitetti of Common Cause/New York, and Blair Horner of NYPIRG.

(July 15, 2010) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (90th AD) has announced the results of her constituent questionnaire from spring 2010. 592 constituents responded to a variety of questions posed by the Assemblywoman. They focused on major issues including member items, redistricting, campaign finance reform, budgeting, and government ethics standards among others.

“Constituent questionnaires play an essential role in helping me stay in touch with the people that I represent,” Galef said. “By hearing respondents’ opinions on current legislative issues, I am better able to represent the views of my community in Albany. The results of this survey, in which constituents call for higher ethical standards for officeholders, openness in government, and an independent redistricting board, will continue to guide me in my decisions throughout the legislative sessions as well as lend grassroots support for government change.”

According to this questionnaire, 97% of respondents agree that records to be discussed at a public open meeting should be made available to the public prior to the meeting. 97% of constituents also felt that the New York State Assembly should join the Senate in making current legislation available to view and comment about on its website.

In another landslide margin, 96% of those polled expressed their support for legislators to sign onto the good government groups’ pledge for change, a pledge dealing with concrete reforms to restore public trust in government, reform the state’s finances and curb the power of special interests.

Assemblywoman Galef had already taken the initiative to sign the pledge prior to the release of this survey and she was immensely pleased with her constituents’ support. “As an advocate for state government reform, I agree with the recommendations from this pledge and urge my fellow state legislators to join the movement in making Albany more responsible to the people.” In addition to signing the pledge herself, Sandy Galef also invited several of the pledge’s sponsors to her June forum in Croton where they discussed the impact of such reforms with many of her constituents.

95% of respondents thought that Assembly and Senate districts should be determined by an independent redistricting board, replacing the current system, which relies on the party in power to decide on the district lines. 92% believed that elected officials should be removed from office if convicted of a violent misdemeanor unrelated to official duties.

For the complete results of the questionnaire, see the attached table.

“As an assemblywoman, I intend to continue working with my fellow state legislators to pass proposals that my Assembly District supports to help us get back on our feet and fix Albany,” concluded Galef. “Open and honest communication is vital to my position as a representative of the people so I appreciate all of the feedback I have received from my constituents.”