STATEMENT BY SAM PARTY OF NEW YORK CHAIRMAN MICHAEL VOLPE ON PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING COMMISSION ACTIONS

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STATEMENT BY SAM PARTY OF NEW YORK CHAIRMAN MICHAEL VOLPE ON PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING COMMISSION ACTIONS

November 26, 2019 — “The actions taken by the Public Campaign Financing Commission is just one more example of how Albany politicians are more interested in partisan power games than in serving residents.

By taking it out of the hands of elected officials, Albany officials showed yet again how much value they have for democracy, the legislative process, transparency, and trust in everyday New Yorkers who expect their government to work for them.

The SAM Party qualified for the ballot on its very first try, running on a message explicitly aimed at the type corrupt politics Albany employs- the pay-to-play culture and the regular drumbeat of Albany politicians and officials marching off to prison while a million New Yorkers march out of the state to where they believe they have economic opportunity for themselves and their children. This November, 51 of our 102 nominated candidates won office in counties and towns across the state. It is no surprise that backroom dealmakers like Jay Jacobs and the rest of the status quo see the writing on the wall: New Yorkers are sick of politics and business as usual. Unfortunately, the traditional parties continue to rig the system in their favor.

The public has a right to a legislative process that does not kick the tough questions to unelected, unaccountable commissions. Our State Constitution calls power of this state “shall be vested in the senate and assembly”- to take that power out of the hands of the legislature is to disenfranchise all New Yorkers. The only reasonable course of action is for the Legislature to reject ALL proposals coming out of this commission.

Only by elected officials debating these proposals openly can we, the residents of New York, be confident that they have been given a fair hearing, and that there is a democratic process in Albany we can trust.”

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