Government Reform

Assemblyman Abinanti is working to make government more open and responsive to our community and to do what is right. Government should be by the people for the people.


For the third time in four years, Assemblyman Abinanti (Chair, Subcommittee on Election Day Operations and Voter Disenfranchisement) helped pass laws to clean up Albany. The laws defined new crimes involving bribery and corruption of public officials, banned those convicted of the new felonies from elected office or lobbying, created a new Board of Elections unit to better enforce campaign finance laws and required registration and better disclosure for those making independent expenditures.

In the 2011 legislative session, Assemblyman Abinanti voted for a sweeping ethics package that reformed New York law regulating the conduct of public officials. The law created an independent Joint Commission on Public Ethics, revised disclosure requirements, required officials to disclose the names and income earned from their clients with state business, expanded the definition of “lobbying” to make it more comprehensive and increased penalties for violations of campaign finance laws.