Taking aim at Hochul, Suozzi unveils ethics plan

Congressman said he would not use state aircraft for campaign-related trips

Publication: Times Union
By: Chris Bragg

ALBANY – U.S. Rep. Thomas Suozzi, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, unveiled a proposed government reform plan on Tuesday that would overhaul New York’s embattled ethics, campaign finance and budgetary regulations.

A number of Suozzi’s proposals are aimed at issues that have emerged during Gov. Kathy Hochul’s eight months in office. Hochul is the frontrunner in the June Democratic primary for governor, and Suozzi has sought momentum by highlighting Hochul’s record-breaking campaign fundraising from major donors, as well as the recent corruption indictment of her former lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin.

“The system’s broken and Kathy Hochul has made it worse,” Suozzi said during a news conference on Tuesday.