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Governor Cuomo unveils second phase of his reform plan
Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the second phase of his push for campaign finance and ethics reform in New York State.
A week after unveiling a plan to stiffen penalties on lawmakers who breach the public's trust, Governor Cuomo outlined a three pronged attack on election laws. Combined they will help reform politics in New York, the Governor said.
Cuomo's plan to tighten up election laws include an independent enforcement unit at the Board of Elections to oversee violations. The head of the governing board would be appointed by himself, Cuomo said.
Another aspect of Cuomo's plan is to rid the Wilson-Pakula requirement. Instead of needing the support of the head of the party a candidate would like to cross over to, candidates wishing to be on election ballots in a different party, than they are registered, would instead need to get enough signatures of voters.
The third aspect of the governor's election law changes would allow a candidate, and voters, to change party enrollment in a "timely manner".
Using public money to match private donations, up t a certain dollar amount, is also a push Cuomo is making.
"I want public financing," Cuomo stressed Tuesday.
Republican members of the New York State Senate have and continue to oppose the idea of using taxpayer dollars in state wide elections. New York State GOP Senate Spokesman, Scott Reif, reiterated the opposition on social media Tuesday.
"Why do some politicians think the answer to recent scandals is to allow them to use your taxpayer money to finance their campaign," Reif tweeted Tuesday.
"Has public financing resulted in "clean" elections? Not in NYC, where dozens of candidates have "gamed" the system and ripped off taxpayers", Reif later tweeted.
Campaign finance reform is considered to be a priority this legislative session.