January 21, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget includes a public campaign financing system based on New York City’s model.
Under the governor’s proposal, contributions of up to $175 would be matched $6 to $1.
Republicans in the Legislature reiterated their opposition to public financing after the governor’s budget proposal.
The proposal Tuesday also includes new restrictions on personal use of campaign funds and other measures aimed at public corruption.
The Legislature has been roiled by a series of scandals involving allegations of sexual harassment and public corruption.
Within the past 10 days, Democratic Buffalo-area Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (GAB’-ruh-zak) announced his retirement amid claims by female staffers that he harassed them and Democratic Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was convicted of bribery charges.