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Siena Poll: Voters Aren’t Convinced By NY Ethics Changes

albanyA poll suggests New York voters aren’t impressed with government ethics rules adopted by lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an effort to combat Albany corruption.

Two-thirds of respondents to the Siena College survey released Monday say the new ethics laws will have “no real effect” because of big loopholes.

The reforms require lawmakers to disclose more about their outside income — including big legal clients. Another provision restricts campaign spending on personal items.

Lawmakers adopted the changes following several scandals involving lawmakers’ side jobs.

The poll found big support for raising the minimum wage and, by a smaller margin, opposition to the Dream Act, which would extend aid to students in the U.S. illegally.

The telephone survey last Sunday through Thursday of 785 registered voters has a 4-point margin of error.


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