Montesano: Calls For Meaningful Changes Go Unanswered Again

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) joins Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and members of the Assembly Minority at today’s press conference.

Today, Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) and members of the Assembly Minority Conference held a press conference highlighting common-sense rules reforms and measures necessary to do away with the corruption that has infiltrated the Capitol.

They later introduced the 17 rules reform proposals on the Assembly floor for an immediate vote. Unfortunately, the Majority failed to support the measures for the second year in a row. The non-partisan measures would have revitalized the legislative process, while also establishing a fair set of rules to increase transparency and accountability within the chamber.

“Today’s events show that we need a greater sense of urgency from the Majority,” said Montesano. “They don’t seem to understand the gravity of what transpired in both houses last year, or that that level of corruption comes as a result of the business-as-usual approach to the legislative process. We need to restore the public trust, and in order to do that, we need to adopt measures like pension forfeiture and term limits for legislative leaders.”

Montesano, a longtime advocate for ethics reform in Albany, as well as a member of the Assembly Ethics Committee and the Legislative Ethics Commission, introduced one of the resolutions taken up today on the Assembly floor.

“I proudly introduced a measure to correct the current allocation of funding to members,” said Montesano. “This rule change would ensure a fair allocation of resources to members in committee, subcommittee and task force leadership positions. By voting against this resolution, many of my colleagues denied funding that allows members to carry out their positions to the best of their ability.”