DeFrancisco not warm to eliminating Wilson-Pakula requirement; Nozzolio wants more details

2013-04-21T19:13:00Z DeFrancisco not warm to eliminating Wilson-Pakula requirement; Nozzolio wants more detailsRobert Harding Auburn Citizen
April 21, 2013 7:13 pm  • 

One of Cayuga County's state senators say he would oppose efforts to end the Wilson-Pakula provision, while another said he needs more information about the proposal.

State Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said he doesn't agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to eliminate the Wilson-Pakula requirement. 

"Minor political parties play a role," DeFrancisco said in an interview. "For example, the Conservative Party is more right-leaning and the Working Families Party is left-leaning. They have their specific constituencies. I think you give them more clout letting them pick the candidate in a major party that they feel closest to. I don't agree with (Cuomo's proposal). I don't think that's going to change that activity by candidates. I don't see it as a cause and effect. I would be definitely opposed to that."

State Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, said there are "too many unanswered questions" about the proposal. But he did say he would support efforts to establish tougher punishments for elected officials convicted of public corruption.

"I'm not sure at this point. It's difficult to say what the governor is proposing," Nozzolio said of the Wilson-Pakula proposal. "I can say this: Anyone who tries to abuse the system and circumvent the law... I would very much support any type of additional criminal sanctions for those who try to engage in such a deed."

Gov. Cuomo unveiled his electoral reform proposals last week, including the plan to throw out the Wilson-Pakula requirement. The provision requires candidates to get approval (the Wilson-Pakula) from a political party's leadership if they aren't a member of that political party. (For example, a Republican seeking to run on the Conservative Party ballot line.) 

The proposal has been criticized by minor party leaders, with Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey also coming out against the plan.

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