ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Preet Bharara will be in Albany on Monday and on his agenda of things to talk about will be ethics reform.
Lawmakers, from both sides of the spectrum, agreed it’s a good thing the US attorney is coming to the Capital Region.
“I think it’s great. You know, I think the fact that he’s going to be speaking to all local officials, which is important because corruption happens at all levels of government”, said Senator Roy McDonald.
“It’s a good thing”, said Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.
Lawmakers have agreed on one thing, having Preet Bharara come to Albany is something positive.
“He’s done an awful lot of clean up for the culture here in Albany”, said McDonald.
It’s the first time Bharara will be in the Capital since the convictions against former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. They both gave up their power and resigned from their positions.
“You know, I look back on the last 10 years, at least 20 individuals have left office, not on their own doing”, said McDonald.
“That was not given to them by the taxpayers of New York State. That was given to them by the majority of both houses and I think the message he’ll give is we can take that power back”, said Tedisco.
Ethics isn’t the only topic expected to be talked about.
“I think he’s also going to focus on greater transparency. There can’t be enough sunlight when it comes to government”, said McDonald.
“I think what it’s going to continue to do is strike fear into some of my colleagues who have some things in their closet that they’re worried about and that’s a good thing”, said Tedisco.
Both said they are hoping for this cleanup to continue.
“I look forward to having him here more often”, said Tedisco.
“I would like to think Preet Bharara’s message is I don’t want to be convicting any more people. I want elected officials to do the right thing. I’m anxious to find out if he knows who I am. If he doesn’t, that’s a good thing”, said McDonald.
Preet Bharara has also been behind those “stop political coruption” billboards you are seeing pop up all over the Capital Region that are encouraging people to call and report things that are unethical.
If you see or hear anything from the government that you may suspect to be corrupt you can call this hotline: 1-800-534-8348