Albany Hypocrisy Alert: Assembly Democrats failing the Hudson Valley on reform
New Windsor, NY -- (5/31/16) Colin J. Schmitt, candidate for the 99th NYS Assembly District, today called for the State Assembly to honor its agreement to enact legislation and a constitutional amendment stripping taxpayer funded pensions from public officials convicted of government corruption.
"To great fanfare, the Governor and both houses of the state legislature agreed last year to pass pension forfeiture legislation as part of the state budget process. Unfortunately, the Assembly Democrats failed to honor the commitment they made and skipped town without acting on this critically important measure. At that time, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie issued a statement that promised, "The Assembly will adopt an implementing resolution to accomplish this when we return to Session.”
We're nearing the end of a second legislative session since the Assembly pledged to act on the agreed-upon pension forfeiture amendment, but it hasn't. Instead, they passed a different, watered-down version that wasn't part of the original agreement. That's not leadership. It's the typical political double talk that have so many people fed up with government.
New York is in desperate need of reform. I have lead the charge against members of both parties including leaders of my own when they were wrong. I have crisscrossed the state advocating for ethics reform as Chairman of the reform group New Dawn NY. I am disgusted with Assembly Democrats who are saying one thing to win votes in their districts but doing something entirely different in Albany. I hope that in the remaining days of this Legislative Session, a true pension stripping ethics reform measure can pass. I urge the members of the Assembly Democratic conference to do the right thing, not just pretend to do so by talking about it."
Colin J. Schmitt is a resident of New Windsor. He serves in the Army National Guard and previously served as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. For more information visit www.ColinSchmitt.com.
Politico: Assembly holding off on pension forfeiture http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2015/04/assembly-holding-off-on-pension-forfeiture-021717
NYPost: “Why Convicted Politicians are still collecting Pensions http://nypost.com/2016/02/19/why-convicted-politicians-are-still-collecting-a-pension/
CBS6: Push to strip convicted officials of pension ongoing http://cbs6albany.com/news/local/push-to-strip-convicted-officials-of-pensions-ongoing?platform=hootsuite