Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) sponsors a government reform ethics bill known as the Public Officers Accountability Act (A.3945), which today was rejected by the Assembly Majority in the Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations. The bill would be a significant step in enforcing stronger ethics laws in the state and would provide some of the strictest government reforms in the country.
New York is joked about as having one of the most corrupt state governments in the country. Here is an opportunity to demonstrate that both parties take ethics reform serious, said Ashby. The publics trust is tenuous at best, and every opportunity we can take to build back that trust must be taken. I am disappointed that the Assembly Majority chose to block this legislation, but I will continue coming back with more reforms to help right what is wrong in our state government.
The Public Officers Accountability Act was rejected in committee, meaning that the legislation will not have the opportunity to come to the floor for a vote during this legislative cycle. The bill included some important measures such as campaign finance reform, term limits for legislative leaders, and would create stronger penalties for those who would break laws regarding public trust.