For Immediate Release Contact: Sandy Galef (914) 941-1111
Assemblywoman Galef’s “Speak Out” TV Show Series
Focuses on Campaign Finance Reform
Panelists Delve into Alternative Ways to Fund Campaigns
(April 5, 2013) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef continues to bring to the forefront the need to overhaul the current system of financing campaigns. Galef recently hosted a forum at Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison to discuss how campaign finance reform has positively impacted New York City, and why New York needs to move in this direction to level the playing field in state elections. The forum featured three distinguished panelists, Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union of the City of New York; Jesse Laymon, Downstate Campaigns Manager for Citizen Action of New York; and Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause NY.
With the recent passage of the New York State Budget, the Assembly can now focus on new and important legislation. At the front line this year will be an attempt to finally radically transform the campaign finance system. The need for this reform is evident, but the ways to go about doing it are constantly debated. Galef’s guests help explain how reforming the way campaigns are paid for could open up the process to more candidates, make entrenchment obsolete and relieve elected officials of having to pander to special interest groups instead of tending to the people. They also explain the different options that are available, including either full or partial public funding of campaigns.
The forum is airing as a three part series on a rotating basis. The first two segments include an introduction of the topic of campaign finance reform and then explore its background, as well as the reforms that have taken place and worked in New York City which need to be extended to the rest of New York State. The series concludes with constituent questions and comments of additional support to revamp the campaign finance system.
“I appreciated the expert panelists coming from the City to my district to discuss and educate the public on this critical issue,” said Galef. “Public financing has proven to increase the candidate pool, candidates’ participation in the process, as well as voter participation, and very importantly it disrupts corruption. With the budget out of the way, and all that is happening in the news linked to this issue, the campaign finance system must be reformed. I hope the public will watch this so they can get a deeper understanding of the role campaign finance plays in government and why it must be changed.”
Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.
“Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef on Campaign Finance Reform
airs as follows:
Part 1 Airs 4/17 & 5/8
Part 2 Airs 4/24 & 5/15
Part 3 Airs 4/10, 5/1 & 5/22
Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15: Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
Yorktown airs on Channel 74: Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)
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Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8: Wednesdays at 7:30
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