CORRUPTION

 

Vittoria is not a career politician. She doesn’t owe anything to anyone in Albany.  Our government's lack of transparency and accessibility allows for the outsized influence of powerful interests and big money.  Our communities' needs are ignored in favor of profiteering and political favoritism.  Vittoria has fought corruption throughout her legal career, and she will bring that fight to Albany. 

 

Vittoria supports replacing the current Joint Commission on Public Ethics with a new ethics enforcement body that is truly independent from the Governor and political parties in the Legislature and has simplified rules and subpoena power to investigate misconduct. 

 

Vittoria also supports reforming the New York election administration to limit the power of political parties to appoint and control election boards. She would ban political contributions from lobbyists and people who do business with the state. 

 

As she has done since she became a Democratic District Leader, Vittoria will continue to hold her own Democratic party leaders to the highest standards of fairness and oppose back room deals.  In 2017, Vittoria pushed to change rules that allowed the New York (Manhattan) County party leader to hand a special election nomination to our current State Senator. Now, due to her leadership, the majority vote of the committee members is binding on the County Leader.  Two years later, she won a lawsuit against a County Leader to stop another attempt at disenfranchisement of its newly elected members. And just this year, Vittoria represented Kings County Committee members whose own party bosses attempted to illegally pack the County Committee, thereby diluting reformers’ votes.

Vittoria believes that the government should work for the people. She knows that strengthening our democratic systems gives our communities more power to determine what happens to us.  In Albany, Vittoria will continue to fight for a government that is honest, fair and accountable to the people it is supposed to serve.