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Fed up with Albany? Let them know about it

Fed up with Albany? Let them know about it

Pressure lawmakers to enact change. Start by emailing them when you're mad.

The answers to Albany's ethics and corruption problems aren't a secret.

The state needs to reform its campaign financing rules to limit the influence of campaign contributors, specifically by closing the LLC loophole that allows limited liability companies to skirt campaign contribution limits.

It needs to limit the outside income of state lawmakers to discourage them from selling their office to the highest bidder through outside jobs, as former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted of doing. Congress has limits; why doesn't New York?

It needs to enact term limits on leadership posts to prevent individuals from becoming too powerful and to inject fresh ideas into our government.

It needs to prohibit lawmakers convicted of crimes from collecting their lucrative state pensions. Criminals who violate the trust of the citizens shouldn't be able to profit from it in their retirement years.

It needs a new, independent ethics oversight board that can investigate and prosecute lawmakers who abuse their positions. Right now, we have to rely on federal prosecutors

The answers aren't a secret. But getting legislators to actually enact reform has been virtually impossible, since they really have no incentive to do it. People gripe about how corrupt our government is, but rarely do they do anything about it. And as long as no one's getting in their faces, they have no incentive to change.

But if they hear from you, the people, about how angry you are, about how much you demand change, they just might listen.

So here's what you do. Below is a list of all the members of the New York state Legislature and their email addresses. (Our local representatives have a * next to their names.) Keep this list next to your computer. And when you read an article or column or editorial that makes you angry, send them an email telling them so. If you want ethics reform, tell them you expect them to pass ethics reform. Tell them you're fed up with their nonsense and that if you don't get satisfaction, you'll send a message at the next election. Send the email to multiple legislators. The more people they hear from, the more likely they are to listen.

If you don't have a computer, call the Legislature and ask for a specific lawmaker's phone number. The Assembly switchboard is 518-455-4100. The Senate switchboard is 518-455-2800.

And let's not forget our governor, Andrew Cuomo. He doesn't make the laws, but he has a lot of influence and a lot of power. Visit his website to send him an email: www.governor.ny.gov/contact. His phone number is 518-474-8390. Email him or call him and tell him what you'd like him to do.

If you stay silent, then you can expect business as usual from Albany. But if you let them know how fed up you are, they just might do something.

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Peter Abbate, Jr., [email protected]

Thomas Abinanti, [email protected]

Carmen Arroyo, [email protected]

Jeffrion Aubry, [email protected]

William Barclay, [email protected]

Didi Barrett, [email protected]

Charles Barron, [email protected]

Michael Benedetto, [email protected]

Rodneyse Bichotte, [email protected]

Michael Blake, [email protected]

Ken Blankenbush, [email protected]

Karl Brabenec, [email protected]

Edward Braunstein, [email protected]

James Brennan, [email protected]

Anthony Brindisi, [email protected]

Harry Bronson, [email protected]

David Buchwald, [email protected]

Marc Butler, [email protected]

Kevin Cahill, [email protected]

John Ceretto, [email protected]

Barbara Clark, [email protected]

William Colton, [email protected]

Vivian Cook, [email protected]

Jane Corwin, [email protected]

Marcos Crespo, [email protected]

Clifford Crouch, [email protected]

Brian Curran, [email protected]

Michael Cusick, [email protected]

Steven Cymbrowitz, [email protected]

Maritza Davila, [email protected]

Michael DenDekker, [email protected]

Erik Dilan, [email protected]

Jeffrey Dinowitz, [email protected]

David DiPietro, [email protected]

Janet Duprey, [email protected]

Steve Englebright, [email protected]

Patricia Fahy, [email protected]

Herman Farrell Jr., [email protected]

Gary Finch, [email protected]

Michael Fitzpatrick, [email protected]

Christopher Friend, [email protected]

Sandy Galef, [email protected]

David Gantt, [email protected]

Andrew Garbarino, [email protected]

Joseph Giglio, [email protected]

Mark Gjonaj, [email protected]

Deborah Glick, [email protected]

Phillip Goldfeder, [email protected]

Andy Goodell, [email protected]

Richard Gottfried, [email protected]

Al Graf, [email protected]

Aileen Gunther, [email protected]

Pamela Harris, unavailable

Stephen Hawley, [email protected]

Carl Heastie, [email protected]

Andrew Hevesi, [email protected]

Dov Hikind, [email protected]

Earlene Hooper, unavailable

Hunter, Pamela, unavailable

Hyndman, Alicia, unavailable

Ellen Jaffee, [email protected]

Kimberly Jean-Pierre, [email protected]

Mark Johns, [email protected]

Latoya Joyner, [email protected]

Todd Kaminsky, [email protected]

Steve Katz, [email protected]

Brian Kavanagh, [email protected]

Michael Kearns, [email protected]

Ron Kim, [email protected]

Brian M. Kolb, [email protected]

Kieran Michael Lalor, [email protected]

Charles Lavine, [email protected]

Peter Lawrence, [email protected]

Joseph Lentol, [email protected]

Barbara Lifton, [email protected]

Guillermo Linares, [email protected]

Peter Lopez, [email protected]

Donna Lupardo, [email protected]

Chad Lupinacci, [email protected]

William Magee, [email protected]

William Magnarelli, [email protected]

Nicole Malliotakis, [email protected]

Margaret Markey, [email protected]

Shelley Mayer, [email protected]

John McDonald III, [email protected]

David McDonough, [email protected]

Tom McKevitt, [email protected]

Steven McLaughlin, [email protected]

Michael Miller, [email protected]

Michael Montesano, [email protected]

Joseph Morelle, [email protected]

Walter Mosley, [email protected]

Francisco Moya, [email protected]

Dean Murray, [email protected]

Bill Nojay, [email protected]

Catherine Nolan, [email protected]

Daniel O'Donnell, [email protected]

Bob Oaks, [email protected]

Félix Ortiz, [email protected]

Steven Otis, [email protected]

Philip Palmesano, [email protected]

Anthony H. Palumbo, [email protected]

Amy Paulin, [email protected]

Crystal Peoples-Stokes, [email protected]

Nick Perry, [email protected]

Victor Pichardo, [email protected]

Gary Pretlow, [email protected]

Dan Quart, [email protected]

Edward Ra, [email protected]

Andrew Raia, [email protected]

Phil Ramos, [email protected]

Diana Richardson, [email protected]

José Rivera, [email protected]

Annette Robinson, [email protected]

Robert Rodriguez, [email protected]

Linda Rosenthal, [email protected]

Nily Rozic, [email protected]

Addie Russell, [email protected]

Sean Ryan, [email protected]

Joseph Saladino, [email protected]

*Angelo Santabarbara, [email protected]

Michelle Schimel, [email protected]

Robin Schimminger, [email protected]

Rebecca Seawright, [email protected]

Luis Sepúlveda, [email protected]

Michael Simanowitz, [email protected]

Jo Anne Simon, [email protected]

Aravella Simotas, [email protected]

Frank Skartados, [email protected]

James Skoufis, [email protected]

Michaelle Solages, [email protected]

Dan Stec, [email protected]

*Phil Steck, [email protected]

Al Stirpe, [email protected]

*James Tedisco, [email protected]

Claudia Tenney, [email protected]

Fred Thiele Jr., [email protected]

Matthew Titone, [email protected]

Michele Titus, [email protected]

Latrice Walker, [email protected]

Raymond Walter, [email protected]

Helene Weinstein, [email protected]

David Weprin, [email protected]

*Carrie Woerner, [email protected]

Angela Wozniak, [email protected]

Keith L.T. Wright, [email protected]

Kenneth Zebrowski, [email protected]


Jose Addabbo, [email protected]

Frederick Akshar, [email protected]

*George Amedore Jr., [email protected]

Tony Avella, [email protected]

John Bonacic, [email protected]

Phil Boyle, [email protected]

Neil Breslin, [email protected]

David Carlucci, [email protected]

Leroy Comrie, [email protected]

Thomas Croci, [email protected]

John DeFrancisco, [email protected]

Ruben Diaz Sr., [email protected]

Martin Dilan, [email protected]

Adriano Espaillat, [email protected]

* Hugh T. Farley, [email protected]

Simcha Felder, [email protected]

John Flanagan, [email protected]

Rich Funke, [email protected]

Patrick Gallivan, [email protected]

Michael Gianaris, [email protected]

Martin Golden, [email protected]

Joseph Griffo, [email protected]

Jesse Hamilton, [email protected]

Kemp Hannon, [email protected]

Ruth Hassell-Thompson, [email protected]

Brad Hoylman, [email protected]

Timothy Kennedy, [email protected]

Jeffrey Klein, [email protected]

Liz Krueger, [email protected]

Andrew Lanza, [email protected]

William J. Larkin Jr., [email protected]

George Latimer, [email protected]

Kenneth LaValle, [email protected]

Elizabeth O'C. Little, [email protected]

Carl Marcellino, [email protected]

* Kathleen Marchione, [email protected]

Jack Martins, [email protected]

Velmanette Montgomery, [email protected]

Terrence Murphy, [email protected]

Michael Nozzolio, [email protected]

Thomas O'Mara, [email protected]

Robert Ortt, [email protected]

Marc Panepinto, [email protected]

Kevin Parker, [email protected]

Jose Peralta, [email protected]

Bill Perkins, [email protected]

Roxanne Persaud, [email protected]

Michael Ranzenhofer, [email protected]

Patricia Ritchie, [email protected]

Gustavo Rivera, [email protected]

Joseph Robach, [email protected]

James Sanders Jr., [email protected]

Diane Savino, [email protected]

Susan Serino, [email protected]

Jose Serrano, [email protected]

James Seward, [email protected]

Dean Skelos, [email protected]

Daniel Squadron, [email protected]

Toby Ann Stavisky, [email protected]

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, [email protected]

David Valesky, [email protected]

Michael Venditto, [email protected]

Catharine Young, [email protected]

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