ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation to give state prosecutors more power to combat public corruption.
The “Public Trust Act” he wants to see enacted this year would create new crimes and increase penalties for violating existing anti-corruption laws.
The package of measures announced Tuesday would establish the new crimes bribing a public official, scheming to corrupt the government, and failing to report incidents of public corruption.
Politicians could face a misdemeanor charge for failing to report corruption by a colleague, a new and novel approach to combatting decades of corruption in New York politics.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said last week that government corruption is rampant in Albany.
State politicians were arrested last week in two bribery cases brought by Bharara.