Ethics reform and early voting in New York still unsettled

Apr 16, 2017

Ethics reforms and changes designed to make it easier to vote in New York were left out of the new state budget but could resurface when lawmakers return from spring break.

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed some tighter ethics rules as well as early voting and easier voter registration.

Barbara Bartoletti of League of Women Voters

Barbara Bartoletti is legislative director of the League of Women Voters in New York. On WBFO's Capitol Pressroom, Bartoletti said she's disappointed voter reforms did not make it into the final budget.

"Voting reform impacts everyone," Bartoletti said. "It makes this more of a democracy and gets people more involved in the governing process."

It's far from certain whether legislators will take up ethics and voter reform following their two-week break. The legislative session continues through June.