Common Cause/NY Statement on Siena College Poll

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  • Susan Lerner

NEW YORK, NY — Today Siena College Research Institute released a poll which found that 89% of New Yorkers say that corruption is somewhat or very serious, and almost half (49%) are less likely to re-elect their current representative because of corruption. 60% support a ban on outside employment by members of the Legislature.

“The numbers are overwhelming: New Yorkers are so disgusted with their elected officials that half are ready to make a clean sweep of them. The good news is that lawmakers can take decisive action to regain their trust by implementing the reforms of the Clean Conscience pledge: close the LLC loophole, ban/limit outside income, and increase transparency in discretionary funding. Two juries, and now a majority of voters, have made clear that the status quo in Albany is unacceptable,” said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY.

Background

In January, Common Cause/NY, Citizens Union, and NYPIRG unveiled the Clean Conscience Pledge urging all 213 members of the Legislature, plus the Governor, to sign on. To date, 24 lawmakers have signed the pledge.

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