Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his second program bill in as many days with a measure designed to repeal the Wilson-Pakula Law of 1947, a new oversight counsel at the Board of Elections and an expedited process for registering in a political party.

It’s step two of Cuomo’s multi-step process to respond to the latest corruption scandals to rock Albany and the Capitol.

Cuomo’s Wilson-Pakula repeal is in direct response to the arrest of Democratic Sen. Malcolm Smith on charges that he sought to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot on the Republican line through the waiver process.

Though he’s seeking an end to Wilson-Pakula, Cuomo is not abolishing fusion voting.

Cuomo’s plan would replace the waiver with a petitioning process for non-party members to gain ballot access.

The move would be a major blow to the clout of the leadership of the small, but influential third parties like Working Families and the Conservative Party, which each hold significant sway over the Demcorats and Republicans in New York respectively.

Ending Wilson-Pakula is generally opposed by those organizations, but has the support of IDC Sen. Jeff Klein.

The bill language was released by Cuomo’s office just as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver were beginning a news conference on electoral reform propsoals that includes early voting.

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