New York Playbook Interview with Assemblyman David Buchwald

By Politico’s Jimmy Vielkind

Perhaps the biggest reform that occurred in the wake of the indictments and convictions of New York State legislative leaders was a measure that will let courts strip away the pensions of corrupt public officials.

At the center of the push was Assemblyman David Buchwald, a bookish young lawyer from Westchester County. Buchwald was first elected in 2012, not long after he graduated from Harvard Law School. With voters set to consider whether to amend the State constitution to allow for the pension stripping in November — and with political corruption back in the news — we caught up with Buchwald by phone.