I believe accountability and transparency are essential to open and honest government. As your Senator, I am proud to lead by example as the first member of Congress ever to post their official daily meetings online every day, so New Yorkers can see who is lobbying their Senator and for what. I also strongly believe that taxpayers have a right to know how their representatives plan to spend their tax dollars, which is why I was among the first to voluntarily list all the earmark projects that I request federal funds for.
In addition, too often decisions in Washington have been dominated by special interests. Over time this has diminished the public's view of their elected leaders. As your Senator, I promise that all my decisions will be guided by what is best for New York, which is why I voluntarily post my personal financial disclosure forms online, so you can know that I work for you, not the special interest lobby.
Lastly, I think the media and the public have a very important role to play in our democracy and keeping elected officials honest, which is why I will continue to support measures to make more federal information available to the public on the internet and will advocate for shield laws for journalists and whistleblowers.
Earning your trust and operating my office in an open and transparent way is a priority for me.