Orange County lawmakers take first step to modify pay-to-play law

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GOSHEN – The Orange County “pay-to-play” law is headed for modification which will increase the amount elected county officials may receive in campaign contributions from county vendors.
In a 5 to 4 vote, the county legislature’s Rules Committee approved the change, which will bring the county law into compliance with the state election law, said committee Chairman Thomas Faggione.
“The resolution as passed will make sure that our local law is constitutional with the state election law as is the case that the local law cannot preempt state election law and also it aligns our procurement policy and our ethics law,” Faggione said.
State law has higher thresholds for campaign contributions than the local law, which was first adopted in 2013 and amended one year later.
The full legislature will vote on it next month.