Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino proposed Monday to cut the state legislative session in half, saying that shortening the time lawmakers spent in Albany would reduce corruption.
Astorino, who is challenging Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, included the idea as part of a package of ethics proposals he released. The Astorino campaign billed as the first of a series of major policy proposals he’ll make now that the race is underway.
Astorino, the Westchester County executive, also called for term limits, restricting statewide and legislative officials to eight years in office. He also proposed changing the per diem reimbursement system for lawmakers by requiring more receipts for travel, lodging and food; replacing the much-maligned Joint Commission on Public Ethics; strengthening the state’s Freedom of Information Law; and stripping convicted lawmakers of their state pension.
“The corruption by government officials in New York has reached a staggering level of embarrassment," Astorino said in a news release. "The culture of corruption does not just affect the perpetrators, but average New Yorkers end up paying a stealth corruption tax as a result of these insider deals.”
The Republican is slated to hold a news conference Monday afternoon on the State Capitol steps to further detail his plan.