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Kennedy urges Albany peers: get our jobs done

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With less than three weeks remaining in the current state legislative session, one local representative has a message for his Albany peers: do not be sidetracked by an ongoing probe, and get our work done.

State Senator Tim Kennedy wants ethics reform to be among the pieces of legislation approved before lawmakers adjourn.

He was asked about a report Tuesday suggesting that there are low expectations by many for passage of any major legislation in the final days, given the ongoing federal probe into the Cuomo Administration's economic development projects, including the Buffalo Billion.

Kennedy's message to his peers was: do our jobs.

"I think it's absolutely essential for the leadership in state government to continue to operate to the level that the people of New York State not only desire but rightfully deserve," Kennedy said to WBFO. "State government needs to function, and it needs to function appropriately, and it needs to function in a way that the people of New York State can depend on them."

Among Kennedy's "must pass" items is the removal of pensions for lawmakers convicted of crimes. He's also strongly in favor of quick action on a bill that would create a one-year window of opportunity for victims of childhood sex abuse to pursue legal action, even if the case is decades old. 

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.
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