Common Cause/NY Statement on New State Disclosure Law
NEW YORK, NY (08/24/2016)(readMedia)-- Today Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation, opposed by good government groups and the New York Civil Liberties Union, that fails to address the systematic corruption in state government. Common Cause/NY Executive Director, Susan Lerner, released the following statement:
"Common Cause/NY is deeply disappointed that Governor Andrew Cuomo has chosen to ignore the causes of systematic corruption in Albany, and instead wrongfully punish organizations' proper and lawful collaboration to more effectively advocate for their causes. Common Cause/NY supports efficient, meaningful transparency laws that advance the public interest, but this law fails to meet that standard. Any serious attempt by the Governor and the legislature to strengthen ethics laws must include a ban on outside income, an end to the LLC loophole, and greater transparency within the state's budget process. Common Cause/NY strongly believes that the new law will not stand up on appeal."