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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Jane Corwin
ALBANY -- Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R,I,C-Clarence) Tuesday voted in support of a legislative reform package that would limit outside income of lawmakers to roughly $77,000 per year and enact campaign financing reforms. Corwin said the reforms were long awaited and called on the Assembly Speaker and Majority Conference to go much further before the end of this year’s session.

“After everything we saw last year, New Yorkers were expecting more than this from the Assembly Majority. I certainly know Western New Yorkers want to see tough measures to address Albany’s long-plagued ‘culture of corruption’ including pension forfeiture, term limits, and opening up the legislative process,” said Corwin, who introduced a 17-point legislative reform package that was stopped by the Assembly Majority earlier this year.

As the Assembly Minority Leader Pro Tempore, 
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin debates ethics
reforms with Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D.
Morelle today in the Assembly chamber. PHOTO: Contributed
Corwin said, “As budget negotiations heighten, it is vital that the legislature get serious about reforming itself. There is too much hard-earned taxpayer money on the line for Albany to continue to allow three men in a room and special interests to control how billions of dollars are spent. I strongly encourage leadership in both houses to open up the budget and legislative process, and to come together on a serious reform package that we can pass as soon as possible.”

The Assembly Minority’s proposed rules reforms introduced by Corwin earlier this year would have created term limits for legislative leadership positions, including the position of Speaker of the Assembly; provided for legislative equality among all members by allowing each member to bring to a vote at least one substantive piece of legislation during each two-year term; and opened the legislative process, such as voting history and committee meetings, to the public. Additionally, Corwin has called for budget negotiations to include leadership from all of the legislature’s conferences, regardless of party or minority status.

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