Bill Proposed for Recall Elections for Corrupt Officials in NY
4/24/2013 2:18:54 PM
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and members of the assembly minority conference have brought to light a way for New Yorkers to combat corruption by kicking elected officials out of office. Kolb explains the most important and effective way to regain the confidence of New Yorkers is to reinforce the power they have as an electorate
Under the proposed legislation, the recall process would be initiated by a specific number of voters signing a petition to remove an elected official and presenting that petition to the Secretary of State. Once signatures are certified, the Governor would set a date for a recall election. A recall election would then be conducted to determine whether or not the official is removed from office.
Kolb is also looking for other reform proposals to come forth
Currently, nineteen other states have similar laws in place.
A recent Siena Research Institute poll illustrated the eroding confidence New Yorkers have in their public officials in the aftermath of recent corruption scandals. The poll showed 91% of voters believe corruption in the State Legislature is a serious problem, and that 81% believe there will be more corruption arrests in the near future.