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Abinanti Introduces Government Whistleblower Protection Legislation

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has introduced whistleblower protection legislation.
Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has introduced whistleblower protection legislation. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has introduced government whisteblower protection that goes beyond protecting those who report wrongdoings and unlawful activities to law enforcement.

“The discussion about ethics in state government is missing a key component: encouraging whistleblowers to report wrongdoing to law enforcement,” said Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant). To add to the discussion, Abinanti submitted legislation (A.1137) that would prohibit retaliation against an employee who reports unlawful activity of a public official.

“True transparency and real accountability depends on good people reporting bad conduct,” he said. "People who do what’s right shouldn’t have to worry about losing their jobs.”

Current law protects employees who disclose that an employer has violated the law where the violation creates a danger to public health or safety, or which constitutes health care fraud. Abinanti’s legislation will expand this protection from retaliation to include those who report bribery, attempted bribery, official misconduct or defrauding of the government by a public official.

The bill is sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn).

“We need to encourage employees to report unlawful activity of public officials. This bill will protect those employees,” Abinanti said.

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