Crouch: Greater Transparency and Oversight for Taxpayer-Funded Projects
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) today joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref.-Canandaigua), Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon), Assemblyman Raymond Walter (R,C,I-Amherst), their Assembly Minority Colleagues, and officials from government reformed groups to call for transparency and oversight for taxpayer funded projects. The move comes at a time when corruption is being investigated in some of the governor’s signature economic development programs.
Their bill (A.5657-A) would require transparency and the disclosure of certain state funded projects or initiatives, withholding salaries of the governor and other agency commissioners that fail to reach reporting deadlines, auditing of all state economic development programs and prohibiting political contributions to individuals to oversee entities that receive state funds or contracts.
“These are large sums of taxpayer dollars in question,” said Crouch. “We need to ensure this money is being spent properly and not ending up into the wrong hands. With the arrests of Joe Percoco and other top officials associated with the governor’s economic development programs I believe transparency is needed now more than ever. As legislators, we were elected do the people’s work and to make government more accountable to the taxpayers. This bill will do just that. I strongly encourage the speaker to bring this bill to the floor for a vote.