Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Monday pointed to a Siena College poll showing a majority of New Yorkers believe the recent spate of corruption arrests and convictions should lead to the passage of new ethics and anti-corruption measures.

“The people of New York are demanding change and the Republicans must stop burying their heads in the sand,” said Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democratic lawmaker, in a statement released this morning. Clearly, this Siena poll confirms what we have been saying, voters have lost faith in their state government.”

In the statement, Stewart-Cousins touted her conference’s push to end the practice of unlimited political donations being funneled through a network of LLCs, along with the creation of a full-time Legislature.

The Senate Democrats have introduced common sense bills that include: implementing a full-time Legislature and restricting legislators’ outside income and work, closing the LLC loophole, prohibiting taxpayer reimbursement of campaign and legal defense funds and various other reforms. Now is the time for action,” she said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for new ethics measures, including expanding the state’s Freedom of Information Laws to the Legislature.