Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy made the following statement following Gov. Cuomo's visit to Buffalo:
"With very few days left in the legislative session, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is attempting to push through a package of laws that will spend your hard-earned tax dollars to fund politicians' campaigns. He claims this will clean up Albany. The governor is kidding himself if he honestly believes this type of law will stop corruption. We have seen the rampant corruption that this wrong-headed policy has led to in New York City with several politicians being arrested just this year. It has increased corruption with dirty politicians manipulating the system just to get their hands on taxpayer matching funds. Under Cuomo's plan, politicians win and taxpayers lose."
Langworthy went on to say, "If Gov. Cuomo truly believes in taxpayer funding of elections, he would be pushing to implement this law right away, not in 2015 - after his own re-election. For the governor to change campaign finance law so the rules do not apply to him is hypocritical. If he feels so strongly in this new system, perhaps the governor should refund the $22 million in his campaign war chest that he reported to the state Board of Elections in January and start from scratch under the new rules?
"If Gov. Cuomo really wanted to clean up Albany, he would work to eliminate the nucleus of corruption there: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. If Cuomo used his bully pulpit to call for Silver's resignation, the lemmings in the Democratic Assembly Caucus might actually develop the backbone to join suit."