State Senator Brad Hoylman announced on Monday a set of bills to strengthen New York’s anti-corruption statutes, drawing on the recommendations issued by a white-collar crime task force created by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
“We’ve seen in recent days that public corruption in Albany is a scourge that has infected the highest levels of our legislative leadership,” Hoylman, a Democrat from Manhattan, said in a statement. “Federal prosecutors, to their credit, have gone above and beyond in holding public officials accountable to the law, but local prosecutors are often better positioned to investigate these types of crimes.”
Included in the legislative package is a new “undisclosed self-dealing” law making it a crime for public servants to have secret interests in government business. Hoylman also wants to create laws that criminalize the intent to bribe a public official, as well as a law that punishes those who structure cash transactions to avoid reporting requirements.
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