ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's anti-corruption bill would place a ban not just on a person convicted of bribery from state business, but would also bar their law firm, lobbying firm, or other company.
The proposal is bold by Albany standards. If enacted, it could be a significant deterrent to companies, organizations and firms dependent on long-term financial interests doing business with the state.
The provision is deep in Cuomo's anti-corruption bill released Monday night. It follows criticism that his strategy of not releasing detailed bills lacks transparency.
The bill includes Cuomo's proposal to make public officials report suspicion of bribery by colleagues. But it sets a high bar. A public official would have to have witnessed or had knowledge of a bribe to be charged with a misdemeanor for not reporting.