Stec Joins Colleagues to Call for Transparency
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) today joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua), Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon), Assemblyman Raymond Walter (R,C,I-Amherst), and their colleagues and government reform groups at a press conference in Albany to call for more transparency and greater oversight when dealing with the state’s economic development programs.
Their bill (A.5657-A) would require transparency and the disclosure of certain state funded projects or initiatives, withholding salaries of the governor and other agency commissioners that fail to reach reporting deadlines, auditing of all state economic development programs and prohibiting of political contributions to individuals to oversee entities that receive state funds or contracts.
“Over the years, New York has earned a reputation of being one of the most corrupt states in the nation,” said Stec. “The controversies and court cases surrounding the state’s economic development programs like the Buffalo Billion have not helped the state’s embarrassing reputation. We need to see more oversight and transparency when dealing with these programs so we can show the public their tax dollars are being spent properly and efficiently, and help to restore the public’s faith and trust in government. We owe it to the public. The time to act is now.”