WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- State Assemblyman David Buchwald's proposed legislation, which would take pensions about from state legislators who are convicted of crimes, is gaining support in Albany.
The bill has passed one session of the state General Assembly. As a constitutional amendment, it requires passage by a second session of the New York State Legislature, before going to voters.
Buchwald, a Democrat from White Plains, wrote an Op-Ed piece that appeared in Monday's edition of The New York Times. Click here to read it.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed support for Buchwald's legislation during his State of the State address.
Buchwald said: "The Governor has made it clear that ethics reforms, including the forfeiture of taxpayer-funded pensions for corrupt public officials, must be a priority this year. Restoring the public's trust in state government is fundamental, and there are common sense measures we can pass today to achieve this goal."
Buchwald's district includes Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and White Plains.