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Astorino, Moss unveil 10-point ethics plan

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, along with his running mate Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, embarked on a four-city tour Monday to speak about their 10-point ethics reform plan.

The two visited Utica, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo and blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allegedly interfering with the Moreland Commission, a panel designed to look at corruption.

"Only in New York could the anti-corruption commission become corrupted by a governor steering investigators away from himself and his political funders," Astorino said.

The Astorino/Moss plan to reform ethics is:

* Limit statewide elected officials to two terms (eight years) and state legislators to four terms (Eight years).

* Convene regular session the first week in January and end on April 1, when the budget is due. A special session throughout the year can be called by petition request from two-thirds vote of both legislative houses or by the governor.

* Have an independent state commission on public ethics with five members appointed by judiciary. The panel would have an independent budget to receive and investigate complaints of official misconduct, including sexual harassment and assault.

* Require proactive online posting of records and information required for release under FOIL requests. Information would be posted on a statewide database managed by the state comptroller.

* Require all newly elected officials to join SUNY's Defined Contribution Plan instead of the existing pension plan.

* Strip any elected official convicted of public corruption of his or her taxpayer-funded pension.

* Establish clear guidelines to limit donations solely to election-related activities.

* Ban "member items" to any nonprofit or business affiliated with a state elected official or an immediate family member.

* Replace the per diem system and require receipts for travel, lodging and food.

* Prohibit any building, facility or capital project that was paid for with taxpayer money to be named for any current elected official.

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