To Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Oaks,

The 2015 budget ethics reform includes the mandatory disclosure of income over $1,000, pension forfeiture for corruption and an electronic system to track lawmakers' attendance at official events for which they are claiming per diem charges. State officials who work as lawyers and real estate brokers must disclose client names, services provided, amount of compensation and whether there's a link to any government action if payments exceed $5,000. There are exemptions for "sensitive activities," including child custody cases, matrimonial work, criminal cases and residential home transactions.

Many good government groups see this as a good start, but not what is truly needed to reform Albany.

Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Oaks, take definitive steps this year to ensure there will be no more loopholes.

Meaningful reform must include making legislators full-time with no other outside income, as well as comprehensive campaign financing changes such as public financing of election campaigns and fully closing the campaign finance LLC loophole.

Much more work remains to win back voters confidence.

Mark Alquist
Chairman Wayne County
Democratic Committee