Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the state Legislature to act on his corruption-busting legislation, saying the arrest today of Sen. John Sampson is another reason why they need to adopt reforms.
“Yes, there will always be bad actors in government,” Cuomo said on “The Capitol Pressroom,” an Albany-based public radio show. “It is incumbent upon us to reform the system so we make it harder to do and we make it easier to catch people who do break the system. This gives us a moment of reform.”
Cuomo came into office in 2011 vowing to clean up corruption in Albany and restore the public’s trust. In recent months, his poll numbers have fallen and the corruption cases have piled up in the Legislature.
Cuomo last month introduced a ethics reform package that includes tougher campaign-finance laws and limiting the power of third parties. Senate Republicans have balked at Cuomo’s push for public financing of campaigns and are having a public hearing tomorrow to highlight its failures in New York City.
But Cuomo said the Legislature should act soon. The legislative session ends June 20.
“The Legislature acts when it is clear that there is a need to act,” Cuomo said. “The Legislature acts when the people of the state demand action. I think we are at one of those moments.”