Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Albany Corruption Is Serious Problem, 89% of NYers Say

Eighty-nine percent of New Yorkers say corruption in state government in Albany is a serious problem – 53 percent call it very serious – and two-thirds say corruption is a serious problem among legislators from their area.  It’s time to make the job of state legislator full time and ban outside income, 60 percent say, while 55 percent do not want state legislators to get a raise from the current base salary of $79,500 even if outside income is banned, according to a new Siena College poll of New York State registered voters just released.  “New Yorkers’ confidence in state government in Albany hovers at historic low levels. Nearly nine in ten voters say corruption is a serious problem in Albany, with more than half saying it’s ‘very’ serious. Nearly two-thirds think corruption among state legislators from their area is a serious problem.  The Senate and the Assembly are each viewed favorably by fewer than 40 percent of voters,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. More on the poll can be found HERE.