April 10, 20013
By Stephanie West
On April 9, 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo joined District Attorneys from across the state, in proposing new legislation to crack down on public corruption in New York.
The Public Trust Act will establish a new class of public corruption crimes and expand the current definitions of public corruption offenses so that prosecutors can hold accountable those who violate the public’s trust. The law would also impose tougher jail sentences on individuals that misuse public funds and permanently bar those convicted of public corruption offenses from holding any elected or civil office, lobbying, contracting, receiving state funding, or doing business with the state, directly or through an organization.
Prosecuting public corruption is essential to ensuring that the government works effectively for New Yorkers.