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Assembly Candidate Katz Promises More Accountability, Transparency
Yorktown resident and 99th Assembly District Candidate Dr. Steven Katz announced a 6 point plan today that he promises to implement if elected to the seat being vacated by Greg Ball.
Katz is a veterinarian who recently secured the 500 signatures necessary to appear on the primary ballot in September. He is opposed by former Southeast Town Justice, Jim Borkowski, who has received the Republican and Conservative Party Nominations.
Katz outlined several goals in his 6-point plan. They include: A limit of no more than three terms for all State lawmakers, the public disclosure of all revenue, no pre-primary endorsements(he says, "let the voters decide), a witness to all meetings between lawmakers and lobbyists, a 2 year term limit for an Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader and he's calling for the abolition of taxpayer funded pensions for what he says is only a part-time job.
Katz promised to turn State legislative jobs, particularly leadership jobs in the Senate and Assembly, "Into a parliamentary position as it was meant to be, not as giant fiefdoms of power that they can then dispense at their will."
In addition, he says, he supports the idea of abolishing pre-primary endorsements by political parties, saying "I have just had a ringside seat at the circus of the insider politics of Republicans and Democrats, who are choosing and endorsing a candidate if for no other reason to retain their own power."
His opponent, Jim Borkowski responded in the following statement:
The district encompasses parts of Northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. The seat is currently held by Assemblyman Greg Ball who is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by Vincent Leibell.
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