Senate Candidate Amber Small Calls Out Senate Republicans Over Ethics Shortfall

State Senate candidate Amber Small spoke out against the Downstate Republican Senate Leadership over their failure to pass comprehensive ethics reform in the 2016 session. 

Small remarked, “I wish my criticism of the Downstate Republican Senate Leadership ended at their failure to close the LLC loophole and restrict conflicts of interest and outside income. Albany corruption is not a problem that can be solved by simply putting on a band aid of minor reforms. By failing to enact comprehensive ethics reform, these out-of-touch career politicians have failed the people of New York.” 

Unlike the GOP controlled Senate, Small has been a staunch advocate for comprehensive ethics reform. In a year where New Yorkers have two former elected leaders on their way to prison for corruption, 96% of registered voters support passing laws to address the systemic corruption in Albany.[1]

She continued, “It is clear that New Yorkers deserve better than Senators who cave to special interests at every turn. In the coming weeks I will be releasing a package of additional reforms to combat Albany’s corruption that I will push for in my campaign and pass in the Senate. This will include closing the LLC loophole, restricting outside income, independent redistricting measures to eliminate political gerrymandering, term limits, increased investigative and enforcement powers to the Attorney General, and increased obligations on our public officials to disclose conflicts and report corruption.”

Small serves as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role she is an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more.  Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo, and is a member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders council.  She proudly serves as Vice Chair of WEPAC, a nonpartisan group focused on increasing female involvement in politics and government. Amber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and resides in North Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood with her family.   New York's Sixtieth Senate District is located wholly in Erie County and includes the communities of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the City of Buffalo.  Small is endorsed by the Democratic Party, Working Families Party, and Stonewall Democrats of WNY.

 

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[1] Siena College Research Institute Poll, May 22-26, 2016, MOE +/- 3.9%.