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46th SD candidates clash over ethics reform

May 27, 2016 6:30 am

Greg Hudson is reporting in The Daily Mail the 46th state Senate District race between Republican incumbent George Amedore Jr. and Democratic challenger Sara Niccoli has heated up over the issue of comprehensive ethics reform in Albany. In comments made Thu., May 26, Niccoli referred to Amedore as “part of the problem with state government” she hopes to fix, if elected. “With over half a million dollars a year in outside income and coffers filled with the same pay-to-play financing that got [former state Senate Majority Leader Dean] Skelos into hot water, George Amedore exemplifies why we need real reforms in Albany,” Niccoli said. Amedore responded, denying the allegations. He said Niccoli’s comments were attention-seeking, and not based in fact. He said, “Her statements sound like typical political rhetoric from a very progressive, left-leaning agenda. I think it is unfortunate that we have a candidate wanting to run for public office that is not getting their facts straight.” Amedore went on to defend his record, saying he has supported ethics reform throughout his time in both the Assembly and the Senate. Niccoli, a Democrat, has served as Palatine Town Supervisor since 2014. She laid out her plan for ethics reform, calling on lawmakers to create tighter restrictions on the use of campaign funds and to close loopholes that allow individuals to circumvent the campaign donation cap, strip pension benefits from state and local officials convicted of felonies, and pass laws to increase campaign finance disclosure. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

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