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A.G. Underwood statement on State Board Of Elections vote to gut Enforcement Counsel's authority

PRESS RELEASE

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood released the following statement after today's State Board of Elections vote to gut the Enforcement Counsel's authority and independence:

"Gutting the Enforcement Counsel's authority and independence will only serve to encourage more corruption in New York. Our partnership with a strong, independent Enforcement Counsel has allowed us to hold public officials to account for breaking campaign finance laws and cheating New Yorkers. With today's vote, that work is jeopardized by potential political interference in law enforcement investigations. My office will continue to do everything in its power to uphold New York's election lawbut we need our elected officials to provide the tools to root out the rot in State government."

The Attorney General's office has actively opposed the amendments voted on today, including in a June letter to the Board of Elections.