For decades, the New York State Legislature has been considered one of the most dysfunctional governments in the country. With the recent spate of arrests of Senate and Assembly members, it seems like it also may be the most corrupt. Finally, New Yorkers are getting fed up.
A recent Siena College poll showed that more than 80 percent of New Yorkers believe more arrests are coming. About half of voters are distrustful and cynical of New York politics. And yet, these illicit activities are likely to continue, because of a lack of transparency in the State Legislature.
With a culture of corruption so pervasive in Albany, it is time for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to follow the will of the people and begin to enact changes. That same Siena poll revealed that a majority of voters have faith that the Governor would be able to gain the necessary support to clean up the State’s political system.
It is high time that Gov. Cuomo begin to act on that faith by pushing legislation that would begin to change the culture of corruption in Albany. Senators and Assemblymembers should be required to disclose their outside income. Any legislator caught committing felonies should lose their state benefits, along with their positions of power.
These legislators were elected to serve the will of the people, not to line their own pockets by manipulating a broken system.