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Letter: Fair Elections

I am a resident of Great Neck, and, like most New Yorkers, I am dismayed by the continuing corruption in Albany. We will never see a change in state government until we begin to address the continuing problem of money in politics. As long as politicians are accountable to the corporations and lobbyists who finance their campaigns; they’re never going to be accountable to the people who elected them.


A Fair Elections system of lower contribution limits, an end to pay-to-play, strong enforcement and increased transparency built around a core of public financing is a positive step we can take to change the pervasive culture of corruption. I believe ardently that it is time Albany finally returns to government of, by, and for the people—not government bought and paid for by the special interests. That is why we need Fair Elections in New York.


I strongly urge New Yorkers to support the campaign for Fair Elections by calling their state legislators and Governor Cuomo (518-474-8390) to tell them to pass Fair Elections for New York State this year. Our state senator is Jack Martins (516-746-5924). Our state assembly person is Michelle Schimel (516-508-3617). 


Ruth A. Shalom