Attorney General Cuomo Announces New Disclosure And Accountability Certifications For Member Items

ALBANY, NY (January 22, 2007)-Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced today certification provisions to be included in all member item contracts.

These certification provisions require the recipient of member item grants to reveal any potential conflict of interest and financial relationship with sponsoring members or their staff.

The certifications also include representations as to the background, legal status, and good standing of the grant recipient organization as well as the public purpose for the use of the funds. These certifications are legally binding and false representations may be prosecuted as perjury.

Last Friday, the Governor's Division of the Budget instructed all State departments, agencies and authorities to send any new member item contracts to the office of the Attorney General for review.

Attorney General Cuomo said: "We are dedicated to fundamental reform in the way we do the people's business in Albany. The people have the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent and what relationship exists between government officials and grant recipients. Justice Brandeis said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. I agree. Transparency and accountability must be the signature of the new day in Albany. I applaud Governor Spitzer for his leadership in bringing real reform to Albany."