Making Albany Work For Us
I pushed ethics reform in White Plains and budget reforms that saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars – now I want to do the same thing in Albany. I have a record of doing what I believe is right regardless of whether it was politically convenient or easy. Whether it was standing up to a fellow Democrat when as Mayor he was arrested and convicted for domestic violence, or going line-by-line through the budget to find ways to consolidate services and make government more efficient, I’ve always put my constituents first as a City Councilman. As Assemblyman, I’ll work to build upon Governor Cuomo’s historic success making government work for the people at a price we can afford. I pledge to:
Strengthen Governor Cuomo's sweeping ethics reform – Last year New York State cracked down on ethical lapses in state government, but challenges still remain. We have to ensure that Gov. Cuomo’s legislation is aggressively implemented, and we have to toughen the penalties for unethical behavior. On the White Plains Common Council, I authored legislation strengthening the City’s Code of Ethics, and I’ll make improving state ethics laws a top priority.
Enact Campaign Finance Reform – Governor Cuomo and good government groups have made campaign finance reform a top priority for the next legislative session. If elected, I’ll fight to make effective campaign finance reform a reality here in New York State. We need to reduce contribution limits, close loopholes and improve disclosure to make sure no one has undue influence on our elections.
Root out fraud and abuse – Whether it’s stopping unscrupulous contractors, preventing Medicaid fraud, or holding government projects to account when they go over budget, I’ll be sure we’re spending our money wisely.
Make government more efficient – As a Councilman, I supported innovative ways to consolidate services and do more with less, saving money for both the local government and school district and making government work better for us. As Assemblyman, I’ll find ways to do the same in Albany.