Senate Supports “Heroes of Reform;”
Ask the Promise be Kept by Passing the Pledge.
New Yorkers Asked to Join the Call for Immediate Action on Mayor Koch’s New York Uprising Heroes of Reform Pledge
Albany, NY, January 10, 2011 — On the first day of the State Senate session, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/I/WF) and senators designated “Heroes of Reform” by Honorable Mayor Ed Koch called on Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the senate leadership to today keep their promise by passing Mayor Koch’s “New York Uprising Heroes of Reform” pledge as the New York State Senate’s first order of business in the New Year. Senate Democrats encouraged all New Yorkers to sign an online petition at www.PassThePledge.com, to ensure the Senate majority keeps its promise and delivers on reform. The petition calls for action on the New York Uprising reform bills before the Senate moves on to consider other legislation. Before the election, 54 of 62 members of the incoming Senate signed Mayor Koch’s pledge to clean up Albany. With a clear mandate to pass comprehensive reform legislation, the time has come for pledges made to become promises kept.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/I/WF) said, “We must conduct redistricting in a fair and bipartisan manner. Building a better government begins with keeping our promise to pass independent redistricting as well as ethics and budgetary reforms. With a clear bipartisan mandate to pass comprehensive reform legislation, the time has come for pledges made to be promises kept.”
The reforms in the New York Uprising pledge will:
• Create an independent redistricting commission so legislators can no longer draw their own districts.
• Strengthen ethics and disclosure laws and create an independent oversight commission to improve the standards of conduct and accountability for all elected officials.
• Take the politics out of budgeting to stop the practice of fiscal manipulation that encourages the state to spend more than it has.