Government Reform

Public policy issues often garner the most attention in times of crisis. Long after the media spotlight has passed, municipalities must confront the more mundane details of how to make these policies work.

How can government be made more effective and efficient? How do we make it more responsive and accountable?

Government Reform can easily be broken down into four categories.

  1. Reinventing Government
  2. How do we incorporate new and innovative policies into a fixed institution? Reform will not be easy but we have to develop policies that adapt with the times. From public safety to modern uses of technology, from government procurement to implementing green energy policies,

  3. Transparent Government
  4. When one is elected to go to Washington, DC or any of our state capitol’s to serve it is on the premise they will represent their constituent and bring the actions of that legislative policy to the people. In this day age we can expand the doors of government and touch more individuals. With the use of the internet we should be able to televise our hearings and legislative meetings, post budgetary documents online, and make the procurement process transparent so everyone believes it to be fair and impartial. These changes will begin to institute faith in the average constituent that works 8 to 16 hours a day, pays their taxes and is skeptical of government. Furthermore, we should implement community meetings that discuss the issues at hand. I am proud to say I have held nearly 100 community meetings in 6 short years. The only way you will get a pulse of what the people are thinking is to bring government to them. Many try to do it the other way around and find out their constituencies are non-responsive.

  5. Office of Public Integrity
  6. Its unfortunate but many elected officials take for granted the trust of the people who voted them into office. More and more Americans grow skeptical of our elected leaders because they read about corruption cases concerning them on an ongoing basis. Each and every office or municipality has codes and ethics that need to be followed in order for an elected official to remain in office. However entrusted an municipality to do this from within may work it will be more effective if the policies were implemented from an independent outside entity. Having an outside entity will ensure that the elected office codes and ethics are properly enforce and more importantly it will garner the faith of the residents.

    Each of these areas will assist the recruitment of the best and the brightest to participate in government. As you know, many are dissuaded by the process but if we implement these measures that call for government to be more responsive many will feel their involvement could change the lives of their constituents.

  7. Campaign Finance Reform
  8. Though there has been some changes to regarding how political campaigns are financed we will still have not seen the reform that is necessary. In order to make the election process fair and equitable we must revamp every policy under the campaign finance process. Right now in more cases than not, the campaign with more financial resources wins. However that doesn’t always mean the best candidate wins. Many municipalities on many different levels have tried to tackle the problem head on but most have proven to be unsuccessful.

  9. Streamlining Government
  10. Long Island has too many local layers of government. We should be reviewing those layers of government and consolidating some based on community input and surveys. By streamlining these layers of government we should be able to save the taxpayer money and direct dollars for better services instead of excess administration. In addition we need to foster accountability. The average resident shouldn’t have to play a guessing game on trying to find out who is responsible for any particular service.