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Marc Molinaro targets corruption with “Albany Accountability Act”

Marc Molinaro is currently the Dutchess County executive.

Marc Molinaro is currently the Dutchess County executive. Credit: Dutchess County executive

ALBANY — Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro on Thursday proposed an Albany Accountability Act he said would crack down on political corruption that has roiled New York politics.

Molinaro’s plan calls for eight-year term limits for governor and a six-year ceiling for state legislators; increased independent oversight of state contracts; a ban on political contributions from companies that pursue or receive state contracts; and an end to direct state grants to private corporations.

Molinaro’s plan is a response to a series of separate federal corruption cases involving charges of bribery, extortion and bid-rigging.

The cases have resulted in the convictions of Joseph Percoco, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s former top adviser and Sheldon Silver the former speaker of the state Assembly, and the indictment of former state Senate leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).

Campaign contributions have played a role in each of the cases.

Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, had promoted many of his anti-corruption proposals previously during his campaign. Molinaro said “state government is a cesspool of corruption under Governor Andrew Cuomo.”

Cuomo’s campaign didn’t immediately comment.

The governor previously has proposed some of the same ideas as Molinaro, such as closing an election-law loophole allowing companies to form subsidiaries — limited liability companies — that can give unlimited contributions to candidates.

Good-government watchdog groups say Cuomo has weakened oversight of state contracts and proposed watered-down regulations for limiting corporate campaign donations.

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