PRESS RELEASE FROM LEGISLATOR AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE CANDIDATE ED DAY
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day is sponsoring two resolutions that, if passed, would strip elected officials of pension and retirement benefits when an official is convicted of any felony offense against public administration while holding elective office.
“Enough is enough. We need to take bold and aggressive action now to both establish confidence in government and send a clear message to any elected official who believes that government service was designed to be their personal piggy bank,” said Legislator Day.
One resolution will call upon the State Senate and Assembly to pass and Governor Cuomo to sign Senate Bill S.3048 and Assembly Bill A.6263 to amend the state constitution to authorize the forfeiture of retirement benefits earned during the term of office of any New York elected official who is convicted of a felony offense against public administration that was committed during their time in office.
Legislator Day, noting that similar efforts have failed in the past, said “This is a golden opportunity for our State representatives and the governor to take the action necessary to ensure criminals in office do not get taxpayer dollars for life as a reward for their malfeasance.”
In addition, Day has submitted legislation for a local law that would apply to all Rockland elected officials; that if adopted by the County Legislature, could take effect well in advance of the state law.
“While I would like to hope that the State will do the right thing, I am not going wait for that to happen. I look to initiate immediate action here in Rockland that will hold any elected official strictly accountable for crimes committed in office, and remove any taxpayer-funded pension and retirement benefit upon conviction,” said Legislator Day.
Day’s resolutions are being scheduled for committee review. All legislature committee meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged. Meetings take place in the legislature’s chambers in the Rockland County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Rd., New City, NY.
To obtain information on committee agendas, please visit www.rocklandgov.com, click on County Legislature and follow link to Committee Agendas or call 845-638-5100.