Buffalo, New York - State Senate candidate Amber Small unveiled a detailed proposal offering solutions to fight the systemic corruption that has plagued Albany over the last decade.
The proposal comes on the heels of what may be the single largest public corruption scandal in Western New York’s history involving prominent developer LPCiminelli.
In a statement included with the proposal Small commented:
“I announced my campaign for New York State Senate in January in large part because of my disgust with Albany and the corruption that seemed to encompass every aspect of government. It had become clear to me that public corruption was an impediment to progress not just in Albany, but on the streets of our neighborhoods and communities. The very same communities that I work in every day.
While there have been token measures of reform passed, much of this has been window dressing. Ethics reform isn’t simple. Ethics reform also can’t be piecemeal. We can’t just put a Band-Aid of reforms in place and pat ourselves on the back.”
“Ethics reform in New York is perhaps the most pressing issue facing this state. And in many ways, it is the root of all of the challenges we face. It must be confronted relentlessly and comprehensively. Anything short of this is simply failure.”
Major components of the proposal include campaign finance reform, closing the LLC loophole, limiting outside income of legislators, further independent redistricting measures to combat political gerrymandering, increasing regulations on public officials, mandatory whistle blowing, mandatory minimum sentencing for those convicted of public corruption and eliminating the use of campaign funds and tax dollars to pay attorney fees.
The full proposal can be read online here.
For more information about Amber Small and her campaign for Senate, please visit www.smallforsenate.com.
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 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, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the City of Buffalo. Small is endorsed by the Democratic Party, the Working Families Party and the Women’s Equality Party.