• “The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.” Adlai Stevenson, Democratic candidate, 1956.

• “The cleaner solution would be, full-time Legislature, you get one check, no outside income, period.” – Governor Cuomo, Politico, December, 2015.

• “I have not seen the final copy of this, but from what I understand it does sound as though this is more tinkering around the edges, accompanied by some fairly strong and recycled language about how this really solves all the problems,” said Schneiderman, a former state senator. “I do believe that there will be a day that is going to come not before too long when we will enact comprehensive reforms in New York State. It appears that this is not that day.” “Schneiderman on ethics deal: ‘Tinkering around the edges’

• “The bottom line is that we must change the old ways of raising money in Albany. It’s time for New York State to build a new foundation of public trust by enacting campaign finance reform in time for the next state election.” – Thomas DiNapoli, DiNapoli Op-Ed: New York Should Opt Into Public Financing of Elections.

• “The majority of lawmakers hold outside jobs as lawyers, with either the title “partner” or “of counsel” to a law firm. These thirty-eight legislators who made the majority of their outside income from practicing law made a combined estimated sum of almost $3 million. However, Legislators in the insurance industry make the highest amount of outside income with an average of $140,750.” –Common Cause, Common Cause/NY Compiles a Major Review of Outside Income for NYS Lawmakers