Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,C,I-Deerpark) and his colleagues today attended a press conference held by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) to introduce 17 separate reforms that will increase openness, accountability and transparency in the legislature. All 17 measures were defeated by Assembly Democrats including one to enact term limits for legislative leaders.
“It has become clear beyond a doubt that Assembly Democrats do not care about ethics reforms,” Brabenec said. “Assembly Democrats disgraced New Yorkers everywhere when they shamelessly voted against increasing accountability and transparency 17 separate times. These are common-sense reforms that have been voted down by Assembly Democrats year after year and today was no different.”
“Among the resolutions we introduced today are measures to place term limits on legislative leaders, allow each member of the house to bring one piece of legislation to the floor for a vote every two years, and provide equitable funding for members’ offices. After last year’s string of corruption charges, ethics reforms should be our top priority, but apparently Assembly Democrats are more concerned with increasing their entrenched power than improving government.”