Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Government-Reform Legislation by City Bar President Carey R. Dunne

We are encouraged that Governor Cuomo has proposed substantial legislation to improve voter participation and election procedures; limit the influence of money in campaigns, including the establishment of a strong public financing system; and combat corruption by public officials. The Legislature should address these important initiatives before the close of this legislative session.  Repeated abuses and illegal actions have brought into question the integrity and accountability of our state government, and voters wonder whether New York lawmakers are focused on the public interest rather than their self-interest. Enacting meaningful reform now would send the message that the government is listening and responding to these widespread concerns.