Ethics reform and education spending tops agenda for Dem. Senate candidate

SHERBURNE – The Chenango County Democratic Committee’s pick for the 51st Senate District is honing in on corruption and education funding as the top priorities in his campaign.

In a recent interview with The Evening Sun, Democratic Senate hopeful Jermaine Bagnall-Graham – a Sherburne resident – said many legislators in Albany are “tone-deaf” when it comes to the peoples’ demands to address political corruption in the state capital.

“Corruption has been going on a long time. About 97 percent of New Yorkers said corruption is at the top of their list for things they would like to see addressed before the end of the session,” Bagnall-Graham said, referencing a Siena research poll that was compiled last month. “It’s looking like that’s not going to happen.”

Bagnall-Graham officially kicked off his campaign in May with an agenda to fight political corruption by limiting or banning outside income of state legislators, stripping convicted elected officials of their pensions, limiting campaign contributions to end special interest financing, and implementing stricter oversight of governmental contracts and pork barrel spending.

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