Assemblyman to introduce corruption bill

Posted at: 05/06/2013 11:52 AM
Updated at: 05/06/2013 12:46 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - There is a bill in the works that would deny convicted politicians of their taxpayer-funded pensions.

Since 2000 at least 26 state lawmakers have dealt with ethical problems or criminal charges. Three of the last five state Senate majority leaders have either been indicted or have gone to jail for corruption.

Rotterdam Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara sits on the Government Employees Committee. The committee recently rejected a bill that would have removed pension and retirement benefits for any elected official convicted of a felony related to the official duties.

He says he's moving the bill out of committee for the full Assembly to consider.

"I think that when we're elected to office, the voters place their trust in us and I think we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard," Santabarbara said.

The assemblyman say a new bill, slightly revised, is already in the works.