(MINEOLA, N.Y.) - Amidst the ongoing fallout of the unprecedented scandals surrounding Congressman-elect George Santos, Nassau County Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan (D - Woodbury) is pushing for the implementation of new safeguards that would prevent a similar crisis from reoccurring at the local level.
Joined by local youth community leaders Bryce Mack and Aiden Davis on Friday, Dec. 23, Legislator Lafazan proposed new County-level campaign honesty legislation that would make it a misdemeanor for a candidate to lie about their registered addresses, employment history, education and/or income sources. These are among the key biographical details that Congressman-elect Santos has been found to have misrepresented or lied about in a New York Times exposé and subsequent investigative reporting.
“When an everyday citizen applies for a job in a company, there is a background check conducted. If they are found to have lied about something on their resume, they do not get the job,” Legislator Lafazan said. “We have to take action to restore people’s trust in their elected officials, and that is why I am proposing the Campaign Honesty Bill - a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation here on Long Island to make sure that candidates do not commit voter fraud and are honest with the people they want to serve.”
PHOTO CAPTION - Legislator Lafazan, pictured with youth leaders Bryce Mack and Aiden Davis, from left, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.
PHOTO CREDIT - Office of Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan