FINCH: DEMOCRATS STALL ON PENSION FORFEITURE

Posted by on May 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) believes the Democrats who control the chamber are running out of excuses for delaying critical public ethics reform measures.

A Finch-sponsored bill (http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A04643&term=2015) to strip pensions from public officials who commit felonies related to their state work failed to make it out of the Democratic controlled Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees earlier this afternoon.

“At some point, the public just isn’t going to accept that Democrats don’t pass bills that are sponsored by Republicans,” said Finch. “New Yorkers want bipartisanship and collaboration, and they badly want public ethics reform. Advancing this legislation would have delivered both. Democrats delivered neither.”

Democrats tabled the legislation, which means that they will e formal action at the committee’s next meeting.

“I can’t believe that Democrats need more time to consider this. This is not a bill rife with arcane language and complex externalities. Either you think families who are saving for college and scraping buy to pay their mortgage should be paying for Sheldon Silver’s retirement, or you don’t. Assembly Republicans don’t. That is why we drafted this bill. We hoped Democrats would join us in doing the right thing. It’s disappointing,” said Finch.

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