Albany, N.Y. --- The New York Prosecutor who has been assigned to look into why state legislators are ending up on the wrong side of the law says that the corruption in
"Voters are upset and they are following this issue," says sienna pollster Steven Greenberg. "91% of voters say that corruption in the state legislator is a problem. 50% of voters say that most legislators are good; while 47% say you can not trust most legislators. Even when we ask voters how likely is it that more legislators will be arrested on corruption charges, 81% of voters say that it is very likely that more legislators will be arrested in the near future."
Its also not just voters expecting to see more state lawmakers arrested and charged, they even expect to see the ones that they elected into office arrested. "More than a third of voters say that it could happen [to their state representative]. Just under a third, said their own state senator could be arrested on corruption charges."
In his election campaign the Governor vowed he would create a more transparent state government. Jason McGuire is the Executive Director of the Spencerport based group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. McGuire says that the Governor has yet to create a more accountable government in
But despite the recent political set backs the poll makes clear that New Yorkers believe that Gov. Cuomo will be able to reach that goal before he is faced with a re-election run. "We've seen over the last four months the Governor’s numbers are coming down a little bit each month. But he is still very popular with the voters of this state; almost two-to-one. Also, 62% of voters have a favorable view of the governor and the same numbers of voters believe that the governor will be able to enact reforms to try and combat this corruption during this legislative session. But with that said, people feel worse about state government now than they did one month ago."
Earlier this month the governor proposed legislation that would make it a crime for anyone not to report what could be viewed as corruption. The series of laws would enhance existing laws as well as making staffers of politician’s criminally liable if they do not report that they are suspicious of their boss.
The poll also indicates that New Yorkers remain divisively split over non-regional boundaries over hydro-fracking and on a constitutional amendment that would allow for non-Indian, Las Vegas style casinos to be established in the state.