STATEMENT: Council Member Kallos Praises Ethics Reforms in State Legislative Pay Commission Decision
Thank you to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former State Comptroller Carl McCall, and former City Comptroller William Thompson for unanimously using legislative pay raises to bring long overdue ethics reforms to the state legislature.
The commission did the right thing and now the legislature must accept their decision by giving up stipends known as “lulus” used by legislative leaders as rewards and punishments and limiting outside income to 15% or $19,500 with an outright ban on legal practice.
I am humbled that the New York Times once again praised the City Council for reforms I authored that were passed by our body as a model.
I join the New York Daily News in calling for the Assembly and Senate to adopt additional rules reforms. I supported Council Members Jumaane Williams, Brad Lander, and David Greenfield as a Council Member-elect and eventually co-sponsored rules reforms in 2014 to giving all members equal staff budgets, equal discretionary funding modified transparent for poverty levels, empower chairs to call hearings and direct committee staff, and to force hearings on legislation with the support of a supermajority of the City Council.
The ethics and rules reforms we won have led to a more democratic legislature that has empowered the people of this great city to win the reforms they need.