Sen. Ruben Diaz — the lone unscathed member of four “amigos” in the Senate — has introduced legislation that would require lawmakers and statewide elected officials to post on their government websites’ homepages direct links to their campaign finance reports.
The Bronx senator’s bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, would also require elected officials to post any contributions they receive over $250 on their homepage within 30 days of receipt.
If lawmakers fail to do so, it would be punishable as a class E felony. Diaz said he wants lawmakers to have to disclose their outside income too, which is part of negotiations on ethics reform.
“It’s all working toward transparency,” Diaz, a Democrat, said.
Diaz was one of the self-proclaimed “amigos” — the rogue Democratic foursome of New York City Sens. Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, Hiram Monserrate and Diaz.
Kruger was charged this month in a $1 million bribery scheme; Espada lost his re-election bid and goes to trial later this year for bilking his Bronx health clinic out of public funds; and Monserrate was expelled last year after he was convicted for an assault on his girlfriend.