Though ethics reform and anti-corruption have fallen by the wayside in the budget talks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said the legislative session should not conclude without the passage of reform laws.

Speaking with reporters in Rochester, Cuomo said he wanted the Democratic-led Assembly and Republican-controlled Senate to take up both a constitutional amendment designed to strip those convicted of public corruption of their pension and close the loophole in campaign finance law allowing unlimited donations through LLCs.

“My opinion is nobody should leave Albany and end this session unless we at least do the pension forfeiture bill, the LLC loopholes, because I think that would be inexplicable to the people of this state,” Cuomo said. “I would not want to run for election after the legislative scandals we’ve had without having learned the lesson or shown the people I’ve learned the lesson.”

Assembly Democrats have supported closing the LLC loophole in the past, a measure the Senate Republicans have been hesitant to address in the chamber. At the same time, Assembly Democrats have raised concerns with a pension forfeiture amendment approved by the Senate last year, saying it was overly broad.

Cuomo once again chided lawmakers for not backing what he considers to be robust ethics measures, including a cap on outside income lawmakers can earn.

“Neither of their budgets have ethics reform in them,” Cuomo said. “It’s clear to me they don’t intend to pass a robust ethics package in the budget. The budget is due about April 1. At this point, I don’t see a robust ethics package in the budget.”

The call for ethics reform grew in Albany after the convictions of both former legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly, Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver, late last year on corruption charges.

“To add insult to injury, they collect a public pension,” Cuomo said. “I said, this is craziness. If you are convicted of a crime, a felony, in your official capacity, you should lose your pension.”

Updated: Senate Democrats earlier in the day released a statement calling for the closure of LLC loophole.

In a joint statement, Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Sen. Daniel Squadron said the resolution approved by the GOP conference was a missed opportunity to enact “real reforms in Albany.”

“The Senate budget resolution failed to include meaningful ethics reform initiatives, including closing the LLC loophole,” they said.

“Despite our state government being rocked by scandals and corruption, the Senate Republicans continue to refuse to take action to reform state government. Closing this loophole will simply bar limited liability companies (LLCs) from contributing vast sums of money, often anonymously, to candidates for state office and recognize these LLCs as corporations so they can be regulated as such. If state government ever expects to re-earn the public’s trust, we need to implement serious ethics reforms and we urge the Senate Republican Majority to work with the Senate Democrats to finally clean up Albany.”