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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York state government has more than 50,000 contracts worth billions of dollars with companies that provide products and services across numerous industries. Currently, when a vendor presents its products and services to a governmental entity, it may also make campaign contributions to office holders overseeing that entity. This can unfairly influence the procurement process or create a perception of improper influence.In the New York State Assembly, I’m a sponsor of bill (A9924) that would ban campaign contributions to office holders or candidates for offices from companies seeking state contracts from those offices. Prospective vendors would be barred from making contributions when responding to a request for proposal for six months after winning a contract or when lobbying to create a procurement opportunity.The federal government, as well as 19 states and New York City, already have laws that restrict campaign contributions from entities seeking government contracts. This is a common sense measure that would reduce the appearance of improper influence during the state contracting process and should be passed before the end of this legislative session.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer is a state assemblyman.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more