Seawright’s Election Reform Bill Promoting Transparency Passes Both Houses

Candidate websites to be linked to the Board of Elections webpage

Albany, NY — On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright obtained passage of Assembly bill 5740-A, which would provide the public with increased access to information on political candidates in a centralized location. The bill passed with bi-partisan support in the Assembly by a vote of 102-1. This bill, introduced by Senator Tony Avella, also passed in the Senate and will be delivered to the Governor at an agreed upon date.

“This bill provides voters with additional resources to research and evaluate candidates for political office. By including a link on the New York State Board of Elections website, we are increasing access to information about candidates that wish to represent them. This is a win-win for the voter,” said Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

If signed into law, this legislation would make campaign websites easily accessible for candidates running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Senate and Assembly. Candidates who do not provide their campaign website when they file to run for public office will be listed on the webpage as not having declared a website.

“I will continue to introduce and support bills that demonstrate my commitment to increasing transparency and easy access of information to the residents of the State of New York,” said Seawright (D- Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island).