Ethics Reform And Education Spending Tops Agenda For Dem. Senate Candidate
Published: June 14th, 2016
By: Shawn Magrath

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.

“I’m running to fight bad policy and corruption,” he added. “We have to end some of these policies. We have to end corruption. We have to address the issues and pass ethics reform. We have to look at closing the LLC loophole and stop the ‘pay to play’ process. You’re elected to serve the people, not to serve yourself.”


The Evening Sun

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