Letters: Albany's dirty politics and reform

Janet DiFiore, chairwoman of the New York State Janet DiFiore, chairwoman of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, presides at a meeting in Albany. (May 31, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Any proposal for ethics reform put forward by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Albany should include the ability of voters to recall state elected officials, such as 19 other states provide ["Recall elections won't fix Albany," Editorial, May 6]. Representatives who have lost the confidence of their constituents should not be allowed to represent.

James Coll, Seaford
 

Joye Brown's column "Now is time to act on new laws" [News, May 7] ends with, "What's needed to restore the public trust is more than the usual window dressing."

With all due respect, it's time to replace the windows. For too long, the public has been shut out of the process and left to the mercy of our ethically challenged, self-serving politicians.

Are we to believe that a Joint Commission on Public Ethics, made up of Albany leaders and their pals, will effectively oversee and police lawmakers on behalf of the people?

Money sets agenda, policy and accessibility to our politicians. It also determines the ability to run for office.

All the more reason for comprehensive campaign finance reform. We can also add loss of pension for elected representatives indulging in criminal behavior, term limits for every elected office, and redistricting by nonpartisan, independent bodies -- not politicians or their cronies.

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These are strong measures, but they are some of the steps needed to bring back government by and for the people. Anything less will never drain this cesspool.

Tony Giametta, Oceanside

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