Cuomo: Campaign finance reform, heroin plan top priorities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says tightening campaign finance laws and fighting the heroin epidemic are two of his top priorities as lawmakers near adjournment.

The Democratic governor unveiled a new proposal Tuesday to close a loophole allowing limited liability companies to skirt existing donation limits and pump huge sums into political races without much disclosure.

The state Senate has so far blocked efforts to close the loophole. Cuomo’s proposal includes several options for lawmakers, including one that would apply to gubernatorial races only.

Senate Republicans called Cuomo’s plan a “red herring.” Senate Democrats said the loophole must be closed for legislative candidates as well.

The governor says passing a comprehensive plan to address heroin and opioid use is another priority.

Lawmakers plan to adjourn next month.

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