Courageous GOPer has eye on corruption

Courageous GOPer has eye on corruption

By Michael Goodwin

May 12, 2015 | 10:28pm

New York Post

Adele Malpass, who deserves the red badge of courage for agreeing to lead the Manhattan Republican Party, offers a way for the GOP to distinguish itself in Albany.

“We should dismantle the ‘three amigos’ system,” she writes. “Dropping the ‘three men in a room’ approach could turn Albany into a Legislature that represents the people, not the politicians.”

She’s on to something, with the secrecy and self-dealing of backroom negotiations a major contributor to corruption. New Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who replaced the arrested Dean Skelos, could insist that big decisions be made through the legislative process, which has become a rubber stamp for the secret deals.

But Flanagan shouldn’t stop there. He should break with the corrupt past in other ways, too, and put pressure on Democrats to follow.

He could push the GOP to adopt term limits, which could ensure that no lawmaker accumulates the kind of power that brought down both Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Flanagan could also push lawmakers to switch their pensions to a 401(k) system instead of the guaranteed-benefit plans they have. That would save taxpayer money and more closely align legislators with private workers’ benefits.

These are symbolic and substantive acts that would be responsive to public outrage. If Flanagan won’t lead his party toward honesty and openness, why does he want the job in the first place?

Posted on 13 May 2015, 14:48 - Category: In the News

Senator Dean Skelos

New York Senator Dean Skelos needs to step aside as Majority Leader until he proves he is innocent of corruption and misconduct.  The criminal complaint against him is a distraction from the work that needs to be done in Albany and makes him ineffective at addressing the problems of corruption. Democratic Assembly Leader Shelly Silver had to step aside after numerous charges because he did not have the confidence of his party or the credibility with other members.

As the Republican conference potentially moves in a new direction for its Majority Leader, I hope they will consider State Senator Cathy Young.  It’s about time we give a woman a chance to fix the old-boy network of Albany.  We’ve given men years of opportunity to clean-up Albany’s mess with little results.  Let’s try a new approach of bringing a common-sense woman to the job.

Posted on 08 May 2015, 14:49 - Category: Statement from Manhattan Republican Party

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Posted on 13 Apr 2015, 14:50 - Category: In the News

Speaker Sheldon Silver's Arrest

I am calling for the immediate resignation of Sheldon Silver from the State Assembly. These corruption charges of bribery brought before him today mean he can no longer hold the trust of the people who have elected him. These charges represent the pay-to-play culture that has tarnished Albany, and it is not the first time he has violated the people’s trust, so it is long overdue that Speaker Silver resigns.  Today’s arrest embodies all the problems of Albany’s corrupt culture of bribery, cover-ups, and kickback schemes.



Adele Malpass

Posted on 01 Mar 2015, 14:32 - Category: Statement from Manhattan Republican Party

Statement from Chairwoman Malpass on on Netanyahu’s speech

“It’s Their Job” Press Statement on Netanyahu’s speech 

Adele Malpass

Chairwoman, Manhattan Republican Party

All of the Republican Members of Congress plan to attend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress, but 30 Democratic members say they won’t. Cong. Jerry Nadler said Netanyahu’s speech is “reprehensible”. The entire Congressional Black Caucus says it will boycott, including two members of the New York delegation, Congressman Charlie Rangel and Gregory Meeks. VP Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry are planning to skip the speech. President Obama says he won’t meet with the Prime Minister during his visit. 

“Attending the speech is part of their job.  The issues under discussion – nuclear proliferation, Middle East security, global terrorism – are some of the most important issues facing Congress and the President.  The entire New York Congressional delegation should attend.  Our elected representatives should hear Israel’s point of view on Iran and nuclear arms. Israel has the most at stake and has one of the world’s best intelligence networks. Speaking to Congress is a hallmark of our open society. Instead, the President and his staff treated it as an attack, ignoring America’s long-standing friendship with Israel. It’s the only successful democracy in the Middle East, and our elected officials should all be interested in Israel’s views.”

Posted on 01 Mar 2015, 14:27 - Category: Statement from Manhattan Republican Party

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