Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) today released the following statement regarding the commission on public financing scandal:

“As we have known from the beginning the ‘Commission on Public Financing’ is a smokescreen to advance a partisan political agenda and subvert the constitutional authority of the state legislature to debate and set state law and policy.

Regardless of where you stand on campaign financing the publicly elected and publicly accountable members of the Assembly and Senate should debate and vote on any and all decisions that change our political process, not unaccountable politically connected insiders.

On top of trying to develop a system of taxpayer funded political campaigns the commission is also actively working to end fusion voting which would eliminate minor political parties of all ideologies.

It was revealed today that Governor Cuomo’s handpicked State Democratic Committee Chairman, who also serves on the public financing commission, is actively recruiting testimony to favor eliminating minor parties and fusion voting and sway the decisions of the commission.

This is unacceptable. The commission must dissolve itself and offer no further opinion or action. If it insists on continuing any and all final commission decisions are now tainted and must be rejected by the State Legislature and the courts.”

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!