Public Comment Wanted On State Campaign Finance Reform

Senator Carlucci holds a public hearing Wednesday on reforms of campaign finance and election laws


Members of the public can share their thoughts and ideas on reforming New York State State’s campaign finance and election laws at a public hearing on Wednesday. Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) announced a public hearing at the Valley Cottage Library at 3 p.m. to receive testimony from experts and the general pubic about the various reforms proposed to fix the state’s outdated electoral system.

According to Carlucci, the hearing will focus on increasing accountability, closing loopholes, and implementing a public financing system for state and local elections.  It also will utilize the latest research to help voters and members decide which reforms are most pressing and appropriate for the current system.

Anyone interested in testifying must submit written testimony in advance as speaking time will be limited per individual.  Residents wishing to speak should RSVP by contacting Senator Carlucci’s office at (845) 623-3627 or email carlucci@nysenate.gov. Representatives of state advocacy groups include Sean Coffey of Common Cause, Jesse Laymon of Citizens Action, Linda Berns of the League of Women Voters, Adam Skaggs of the Brennan Center and Rob Werner, National Field Director for Americans for Campaign Reform. 

“New Yorkers are demanding change in the way our government and political system operates and conducts business, and I can think of no more fitting way to gauge their pulse and hear their ideas than by holding a public hearing in our own backyard,” said Carlucci.  “Now is the time to be proactive when it comes to cleaning up any stench of corruption or perceived conflict of interest in our system.”

Carlucci spoke about the need for campaign reform in April. The Valley Cottage public hearing is one of a series hosted by members of the Independent Democratic Conference throughout New York. The effort to reform campaign financing strengthened after numerous arrests of local and state elected officials on public corruption charges.

Mike Hirsch May 06, 2013 at 07:18 PM
David has voiced his support for Governor Cuomo's initiative to repeal the Wilson Pakula law. We have only gotten gobbledygook from Zebrowski. Ken, is it too much to ask for a straight answer? Are you in favor of repeal or not?
Jack Moolick May 06, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Here is the weak response I received from Zebrowski. Dear Mr. Moolick: Thank you for writing my office regarding the Wilson-Pakula Law and cross endorsements. Like you I am frustrated and disgusted by the recent corruption cases and am determined to review all New York laws to eliminate all loopholes to deter and appropriately punish these crimes. With regard to Wilson-Pakula and cross-endorsements, I am in favor of a thorough review of this law and amendments to the system to eliminate any impropriety. Governor Cuomo has also announced his desire to amend this law and I will be working with his administration to develop a more equitable and ethical system. Thank you again for writing, if you have any other questions, please feel welcome to contact my office at any time. Sincerely, Ken Zebrowski He is in favor of. REVIEW? You know what that means! NOTHING.
Jack Moolick May 06, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I wonder what his sister thinks:)?
jude folly May 06, 2013 at 09:48 PM
it will be difficult to get a 'de juris' (legislative) solution to the campaign finance crisis (i.e., legalized bribery) when current legislators receive funding from wealthy, elite interests. voters will have to demand campaign finance accountability with one voice for true, sustainable reform to happen. one small step for voters, one huge leap for campaign finance accountability. go to: http://signon.org/sign/hillary-in-16-pac-political
DTOMe May 06, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Are you kidding me? Hillary in 2016? She blew her shot when she did not testify truthfully on Bengazi.. We know that as of today.. And Hillary being the biggest receiver of and contributor to the elite interests. Enough with the Dynasties in the executive branch...
DTOMe May 06, 2013 at 11:15 PM
"Anyone interested in testifying must submit written testimony in advance as speaking time will be limited per individual." Carlucci is so afraid of a constituent who will go off track he needs what you are going to say ahead of time.. He is such a weak representative.. I am so disappointed in myself that I voted for him.. He blocks constituents from his Facebook page when he disagrees with their views or concerns. He is another one who is not strong enough to stand up for his party. He needs to get voted out the next election he is running in.


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