Lupardo: Moreland report long overdue

By Erika Mahoney

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Lawmakers across New York reacted to the Moreland Commission's report on political corruption in Albany.

One of those lawmakers is Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. She said Tuesday the report is long overdue.

"The Assembly has been promoting these ideas for a very long time," Lupardo said. "And many of us who are reform-minded would like to see nothing more than some of our corrupt colleagues taken out of the assembly and senate so we can move on with the peoples' business."

The Moreland Commission, a bipartisan committee, offered recommendations in the report. Among the recommendations is closing loopholes in campaign finance laws.

Lupardo said she supports a more open and public form of campaign finance laws.

"I think it's important to get big money out of the mix. By allowing public campaign financing, we are allowed to get on the ballot through small contributions from our constituents. And it really does open up the playing field for the general, average person to get in the mix. "

Looking forward, Lupardo said she would like to see people who violated those rules removed from office and the criminal penalties increased.

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