"Giving more taxpayer dollars to Albany politicians is not the answer to the capitals corruption crisis. Last week, the Assembly Majority blocked a bill in committee that would have stripped pensions from elected officials convicted of public corruption. Speaker Silver was protecting pensions for convicted felons. Now Speaker Silver wants to reach into taxpayer wallets to pay for the crooks political campaigns. Theres just no shame in Albany.
"While Speaker Silver defends crooks, Governor Cuomo stretches the law to accept campaign contributions far beyond the individual limit. The governors campaign has accepted $500,000 in contributions from one individual, Manhattan billionaire Leonard Litwin. Thats more than eight times the laws individual contribution limit. Cuomo circumvents the law by taking donations from the many corporations controlled by Litwin. Cuomo could start cleaning up Albany by returning Litwins tainted money.
"Weve seen New York Citys taxpayer-financed campaign system embolden corrupt politicians. The crooks trip over each other in the mad rush for tax dollars for their campaigns. Malcom Smith and Dan Halloran hatched their conspiracy with eyes on taxpayer financing. Taxpayer-funded campaigns will only lead to more corruption and abuse. Im going to vote against it. Real reforms will take tax dollars away from the crooks, not write a check to their campaigns."