Tedisco: Assembly Majority Opens the Curtains but Leaves Shades Down When it Comes to Real Transparency Reform in Albany
Assemblyman says Majority Rules Reform features a “Sudden Death” provision for reform bills; fails to disperse power among rank and file members to stop corruption in Legislature
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today said the Assembly Majority’s new rules reforms that are expected to be voted on today really just tinkers around the margins with promises of a new website but do little in the way of promoting genuine reform to empower rank and file members.
“When you open the curtains and don’t raise the shades, all you have is lots of window dressing but you still haven’t let the sun shine in,” said Tedisco. “We have a shiny new website that doesn’t shed any light into how discretionary funds are spent or who controls those funds nor does it illuminate a new path to changing the power dynamics in the chamber that has led to the abuse of power. Investigative reporter Bob Woodward has said that the worst thing we have to fear as Americans is secret government because in darkness, democracy dies. Secret government continues to thrive in the New York State Assembly Chamber.”Read more
Tedisco: “Long-Live the King, Same as it Ever Was in Albany” as Assembly Rules Changes Keep Unbridled Power with Speaker
Assemblyman says state Capitol is the “people’s house and not a castle for kings” as so-called “Majority Reform Caucus” fails to deliver real reform to empower rank and file members and stop corruption in the Legislature
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today is calling the Assembly Majority’s new proposals to “promote transparency” a victory for the status quo and the unbridled power that has been given to the Speaker and leaders by the rank and file members of the Democratic Conference.
The Majority’s plan does not include any of the most important ingredients for reforming Albany and diminishing the power of legislative leaders to game the system and rule with an iron fist. These include: pension forfeiture for convicted felon elected officials who betray their oath of office, term limits for leaders, truth in spending to bring sunlight to state spending in the shadows to end quid pro-quos, equal staffing and resources for members, and giving rank and file members the ability to bring legislation to the Floor for an up or down vote.
“The one consistency about Albany is nothing changes when it comes to leaders voluntarily giving up any of their unbridled power to rule like kings,” said Tedisco. “The rank and file members of the so-called Majority ‘Reform Caucus’ had an opportunity to rise up and disperse power back for their own constituents. They chose to keep it the same as it ever was and remain serfs in the Kingdom of Albany.”Read more
Assemblyman says Majority passing off flimsy ethics plan as new when it’s really a re-run
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today is blasting the Assembly Majority’s so-called “comprehensive” ethics reform plan that’s really just a flimsy rehash of warmed-over proposals that will do little to fight corruption in Albany.
Tedisco said the Majority’s plan does not contain provisions for pension forfeiture for convicted felon elected officials who betray their oath of office, term limits for leaders, truth in spending to bring sunlight to state spending in the shadows to end quid pro-quos, or giving rank and file members the ability to bring legislation to the Floor for a vote and diminish the unbridled power that’s been given to legislative leaders.
New Yorkers have been waiting 14 months for the Assembly Majority’s so-called “Reform Caucus” to release its report detailing reforms for transparency in how the Chamber operates. So far, all taxpayers have heard from the caucus is the sound of crickets chirping.Read more
Tedisco Launches Petition Drive for Assembly to Follow Senate and Pass “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” to Protect Pets, People
Senate passes bill 59-1 to make it a Buster’s Law felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail to harm pets during the commission of another felony
As the State Senate today passed “Kirby & Quigley’s Law by a 59-1 vote, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) has announced a new online petition drive to harness the power of the people to urge the Speaker of the Assembly to bring the bill to the Floor of the New York State Assembly for a debate and up or down vote.
“Kirby & Quigley’s Law” was named for two Montgomery County dogs that were shot and killed during a burglary two weeks ago. This case is still unsolved and Curtis Lumber is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any suspect(s). If you have any information that can solve this case, please call the Montgomery County Sheriff at 518-853-5500.
“There’s no question that anyone who would invade a home and assassinate two loving dogs in cold blood would harm a human being. These individuals need to be found and go to prison for a long time,” said Tedisco. “The Senate has passed ‘Kirby and Quigley’s Law’ three times and now it’s time for the Assembly to bring justice to the Krohn family and to the memory of Kirby and Quigley by enabling this legislation that has bi-partisan support to come to the Floor of the Assembly for an up or down vote.”Read more
Assemblyman announces legislation to help the public follow the money and bring sunlight to state spending in the shadows; Citizens Union, Empire Center, League of Women Voters and NYPIRG applaud Tedisco’s leadership in introducing new bill
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today announced new anti-corruption “Truth in Spending” legislation that has the support of 40 sponsors so far, and which will require the executive and legislature to fully disclose how any public funds they allocate are spent and where the money comes from.
A new report “Spending in the Shadows” by Citizens Union found “$2.4 billion in opaque funds in 80 ‘lump sum’ pots in the state budget” which allow spending decisions to be made without an appropriate level of transparency, scrutiny and review after the budget has passed. Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, and Tim Hoefer, Executive Director of the Empire Center, were present at the event to show to support for Assemblyman Tedisco’s leadership in bringing greater transparency to state spending decisions. Barbara Bartoletti, from the League of Women Voters, and Blair Horner, from NYPIRG, also are offering their support for Tedisco’s efforts.
The “Truth in Spending” legislation (bill # pending) is a response to the numerous public corruption scandals that have rocked the state Capitol to its core over recent months through lack of transparency in budget allocations, due to shadow spending where some leaders and members gamed the system. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “If you want to prevent corruption, don’t enable it. If you want to deter corrupt members, don’t become their willing accomplices.”Read more
Tedisco, Amedore, Boyle Call for “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” to Bring Justice for Dogs Executed During Burglary
State legislators call on Assembly to vote on bill that passed Senate 59-1 to make it a Buster’s Law felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail to harm pets during the commission of another felony
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), Senator George Amedore (R,C,I-Rotterdam) and Senator Phil Boyle (R,C,I-Suffolk County) today called for justice for “Kirby & Quigley,” two Montgomery County dogs (see attached photos) that were shot and killed during a burglary last week, by announcing “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” to make it a Buster’s Law felony punishable with 2 years in jail and a $5,000 fine for harming a companion animal during the commission of another felony.
On the evening of February 17th, Denise Krohn returned to her Florida home, after being out for two hours, to find her house was broken into and the horror of seeing her family’s two beloved Goldendoodle dogs, “Kirby” and “Quigley,” lying on the floor in pools of blood from gun shot wounds.
Curtis Lumber has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any suspect(s). If you have any information that can solve this case, please call the Montgomery County Sheriff at 518-853-5500.
“Whoever broke into the Krohn’s home and executed Kirby and Quigley is a cold-blooded killer who should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is by the Grace of God that another member of the Krohn family was not present when this occurred as there’s no question in my mind that whoever would commit such a violent crime against a pet would not hesitate to harm a human,” said Tedisco, who was the driving force behind passage of the landmark Buster’s animal cruelty felony law and the Assembly Chair of NYS Animal Advocacy Day. “Thanks to the entire Krohn family who have allowed us to name the bill after Kirby and Quigley and turn their tragedy into something positive to raise money for our animal shelters and help other families in the future by increasing penalties for those who would commit such violent acts.”Read more
Tedisco, McLaughlin Join Mayor Madden, Supervisor Barrett to Seek New Safe Water Action Program to S.W.A.P. Out Aging Infrastructure
Assembly members call on the Governor and Legislature to create a CHIPS-like state program for towns & cities to protect infrastructure & save tax dollars
(Photo from Times Union)
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) are joining with Troy Mayor Patrick Madden and Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett in seeking a new state program in the budget to repair and maintain vital local water and sewer infrastructure.
The new CHIPS-style drinking water, storm water and sanitary sewer infrastructure program (S.W.A.P. – Safe Water Action Program) would provide annual funding to all municipalities to swap out old, deteriorating pipes and water mains to better maintain the state’s infrastructure. Tedisco and McLaughlin have written to the Governor, Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader (see attached) seeking inclusion of S.W.A.P. in the 2016-17 state budget.
Tedisco: “Crickets Chirp, Chirp, Chirp in Assembly Chamber as the Majority “Reform Caucus” Remains Silent for Over a Year
Assemblyman delivers letter to leader of so-called Assembly Majority “Reform Caucus”
asking where in the world are the reforms that were promised?
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and 25 of his colleagues today delivered a letter (see attached) to Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), who is a leader of the Assembly Majority’s so-called “Reform Caucus” asking where in the world are the reforms that the Majority Conference promised over one year ago.
Last year, the Assembly Majority "Reform Caucus" sent a letter to all members of the Democratic Conference to ask them to sign on to several reforms. The letter asked its membership the following questions:Read more
Tedisco Launches “Spirit of ‘76” Petition Drive for Rank & File Revolt to Win the War on Government Corruption
Assemblyman creates www.Spiritof76NY.com and “Spirit of ’76” Facebook page to rally support for legislation to curb power of legislative leaders and empower rank and file members
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today launched a new front in the war to end corruption at the state Capitol, a new petition drive and social media campaign to support passage of his “Spirit of ‘76” legislation for a rank and file revolt against the accumulation of power by legislative leaders.
The Facebook page, and new website, www.Spiritof76NY.com, have an online petition where New Yorkers can sign and support Tedisco’s “Spirit of ’76” bill and tell legislative leaders that they “believe in real democracy where the voice of the people is louder than that of partisan politicians!”Read more
Janice Grieshaber-Geddes, a Warrior for Reform, Joins Tedisco, McLaughlin, Lopez & Avella to support “Spirit of ‘76” Revolt
Advocate who got “Jenna’s Law” passed said Legislature must curb power of leaders, enable legislation that has a majority of members as sponsors to be debated and voted on
Today at the New York State Capitol, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke), Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie), and Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) called for passage of their “Spirit of ‘76” legislation for a rank and file revolt against the accumulation of power by legislative leaders. The Assembly members were joined by Janice Grieshaber-Geddes, a Manlius mother, who discussed the tragic story of “Jenna’s Law” and how one powerful leader can defy the will of the majority and hold up important legislation.
Grieshaber-Geddes advocated for passage of “Jenna’s Law” to end parole for first time violent felons after her daughter, Jenna Grieshaber, was murdered by a parolee in Albany. Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver held “Jenna’s Law” from moving to the Floor despite it being supported and sponsored by 130 out of 150 Assembly members.
The “Spirit of ‘76” bill (A.8658/S.6475) allows for a piece of legislation that has garnered the sponsorship of 76 members of the Assembly and 32 members in the Senate -- regardless of party affiliation -- to bypass committee and move to the Floor for a debate and up or down vote. Senator Avella has introduced the bill in the state Senate.Read more