2001-03-17 / Letters

Reforming Government

Dear Editor;

During the past session of the New York State legislature, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer voted for an Assembly campaign finance bill and also pledged to adhere to the lobbying reforms passed in the New York State Senate. Of course, neither of these bills can become laws until both houses approve them, and no conference to work out a compromise has been held.

Now that she is leaving the Assembly to become a candidate for the office of borough president, those who want to replace her (Democrats, Republicans, and Independents) must be asked whether they will support campaign finance and lobbying reform, and if so, what changes they will work for.

Assembly member Cummings has also stated her support for campaign finance reform, but she would not agree to "sign on" to the pledge to follow the lobbying reforms adopted by the Senate. We hope that this session will add her name to the list of those Assembly members of her party who have declared that they will abide by the (so far, minor) efforts to reform lobbying practices in New York State.

The Rockaway Coalition for integrity in Government (consisting of JASA, Brookdale; JASA, Rockaway Park; League of Women Voters; Rockaway Chapter, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Rockaway Action Committee; Rockaway Beach Civic Association; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Rockaway Chapter; Common Cause/ NY) is continuing in our efforts to support legislation that will strengthen true democracy and give all people an equal voice in government. We invite other groups to join our coalition.

RUTH ZINAR


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