A political twist on First Friday

By Michelle Costanza

May 4, 2013 Updated May 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students, community leaders and activists reached out to passersby to educate the public on a fair elections campaign.

In the wake of recent political corruption at the state capital, members of Citizens Action of New York stepped up their efforts. Several groups have gotten involved in the grassroots movement to push fair elections and comprehensive campaign finance reform to the forefront in Albany.

The Free Elections Coalition said they are dedicated to overhauling campaign financing and lowering contribution limits.

"People feel like this is a good time for us to be talking about improved enforcements, lowering campaign contribution limits, putting in place an optional public financing campaign structure," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-123rd)

Lupardo says they hope to negotiate a compromise with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate on the issue.

After nearly 20 years, a bill on reform has made it to the Senate.

"I think if the bill makes it to the floor, we will have enough people to actually make it into a law; thats what we're looking to do," said Lawerence Parham, Upstate campaigns manager of Citizens Action of New York.

The Fair Election Coalition has held public events all over New York in hopes to give residents a louder voice in politics.

Fair Elections Lobby Day will be held on May 29 in Albany.

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