- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York voters give Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers poor marks for their efforts to address the chronic political corruption in the state, a Siena College poll released Thursday shows.

Seventy-one percent of the respondents gave the Democratic governor a negative rating for ethics reform he and legislators negotiated in the latest session, the poll shows.

Fifty-six percent said the changes won’t reduce state government corruption, despite assurances from Cuomo and lawmakers that they will shore up public confidence in a state plagued by political scandal.

“When it comes to ethics reform, the governor and Legislature did little to win over the hearts and minds of New Yorkers,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “The voters also give Cuomo an overwhelmingly negative job performance rating on the specific issue of reducing corruption.”

Cuomo’s office declined to comment on the poll results.

The June 22-28 telephone poll of 803 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Shortly before the 2016 session adjourned, lawmakers and Cuomo agreed to changes, including expanded disclosure rules for lobbyists and stronger restrictions on spending by independent political groups.

The Legislature also voted to advance a proposed state constitutional amendment that would strip pensions from lawmakers convicted of corruption. Lawmakers must endorse the referendum one more time before it goes to the ballot for voter approval.

More sweeping proposals to clean up state government by tightening notoriously loose campaign finance rules or limiting the outside income lawmakers can earn failed to get a vote in the session.

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