New Yorkers are all-too-familiar with leaders using their office for personal gain and we must make reform a priority. Ethan will champion the following policy changes to curb corruption:
Ethan Lustig-Elgrably’s Plan to Tackle Corruption in Albany:
1) Ban anyone convicted of corruption while in office from running again.
Disgraced officials have proven that they should be not be given a second chance in government where they can once again betray the trust of New Yorkers.
2) Reform Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) to increase transparency and independence.
As the office meant to improve the public’s faith in government, we need to do more to ensure that JCOPE is an independent, transparent entity. There needs to be greater efforts to improve transparency and the appointment process must be changed so that members of JCOPE are truly independent of the elected officials they are investigating.
3) Ban outside income for elected officials.
Our elected officials should have one job – serving the people they were elected to represent. Outside income creates conflicts of interest that can damage the integrity of government.
4) Close the LLC loophole that enables individuals to abuse our campaign finance laws.
The LLC loophole has allowed individuals and limited liability corporations to exploit campaign finance laws for far too long.
5) End stipends (also known as lulus) for chairing committees.
Lulus have been areas of concern for years, especially since there is no oversight and accountability. As recently as 2017, there was evidence that the system was misused and elected officials were receiving a stipend for a position that they didn’t hold.
6) Establish public financing for campaigns at the state level.
The New York City Campaign Finance program has made running for office more accessible and open to all New Yorkers who want to better their communities. A statewide program would create opportunities for people across New York.
7) Redistrict electoral maps independently.
In order for electoral maps to truly be fair and created with an agenda, New York should establish an independent redistricting commission. All of our state’s electoral districts should be examined for validity.