Poll: LI residents want ethics changes in Albany
As state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo try to work out a deal on ethics reform, an exclusive News12/Hofstra polls shows that an overwhelming number of Long Island residents want changes in Albany.
According to the poll, 83 percent believe state lawmakers should be required to disclose all sources of outside income. Only 12 percent opposed the idea.
Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie have said they reached an agreement on ethics reform, but the Senate has not yet agreed to it. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says any ethics reform has to also apply to the governor.
"We feel very strongly that if you're going to look to reform the legislative branch, you should also reform the executive branch," said Skelos.
Skelos wants the executive branch to report its travel expenses and says financial disclosures should be filed for entire households. In the governor's case, that would include his girlfriend, television chef Sandra Lee.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they are still hoping to agree on ethics proposals and a state budget by April 1.