Tedisco: The Day Reform Turned Into Political Expediency in the NYS Assembly

Assembly Majority misses opportunity by electing new speaker without

enacting necessary reforms to change how Albany works  


Statement from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville)


“This is a day that will go down in history, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. It’s the day that hope for reform died in the New York State Assembly as the Assembly Majority turned its back on the taxpayers of New York State by rushing to elect a new Speaker without advancing necessary reforms to change the way Albany operates.  On this day, they turned reform into political expediency.”


“This isn’t about any one individual as a leader, but about the missed opportunity to change for the better, the way this Chamber serves its constituents by creating greater transparency to empower rank and file lawmakers to be a part of the process to attack government corruption through reform.”


“Last week, the Assembly Majority created a so-called ‘Reform Caucus’ to change the way this legislative body operates.  This turned out to be the shortest-lived legislative caucus I’ve ever seen.  May it not rest in peace.”


“Perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to truly let sunlight shine in the Assembly Chamber has been squandered.  The Majority’s actions today will not be remembered for what they did but for what they didn’t do.  Sadly, I fear if you want a crystal ball prediction of what’s to come moving forward, look to the past.”