Courageous GOPer has eye on corruption

 

Courageous GOPer has eye on corruption

Courageous GOPer has eye on corruption

By Michael Goodwin

May 12, 2015 | 10:28pm

New York Post

http://nypost.com/2015/05/12/safety-stats-mean-nothing-if-people-dont-actually-feel-safe/

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

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