Issues: Special Elections

Ethics Law Just First Step, Reformers Say

By Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo signed into law new ethics oversight legislation, but some say the measure is flawed, and that there is still work to be done to fight corruption in government.

Cuomo signed the ethics law without fanfare or a public ceremony. In a statement, he touted the new stricter requirements for disclosure of lawmakers' outside income, a 14 member ethics panel empowered to probe charges of corruption, and the elimination of pensions for elected officials in the future who are convicted of a felony. Cuomo called it a "major step forward in restoring the people's trust in government and changing the way Albany does business".

August 24, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Gianaris interview on YNN's Capitol Tonight

Senator was on YNN's Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the NY-9 race and the continued need for a nonpartisan redistricting process.

July 8, 2011
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Senator Dilan Memo on LATFOR Guidelines & Criteria

To:       Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, Assembly Member John J. McEneny,

             Assembly Member Robert Oakes, Welquis R. Lopez, Dr. Roman Hedges

From:   Senator Martin Malavé Dilan

Date:   July 6, 2011

Re:       2011-2012 LATFOR Agenda Items

 

Hearing Schedule: Locations

Hearing Schedule: Hours and Time Allotments

Hearing Record

Prison Population Reallocation

Racial Bloc-Voting Analysis

Size of the Senate

Redistricting Criteria

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Senator Dilan Memo on LATFOR Guidelines & Criteria

July 6, 2011
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Senator Dilan Calls on LATFOR to Employ Fair, Open Redistricting and Honor Public Demands

Urges colleagues to abide by fair standards at task force’s first public meeting

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), urged colleagues to embrace many of the reforms the public has been calling for during the task force’s first public meeting of the 2011- 12 redistricting process.

July 6, 2011
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Bill Would Require Disclosure of Spending for School Budget Votes

New legislation sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assemblymember Sam Hoyt  (A7223/S5071) would amend state election law to require reporting by groups that spend $1,000 or more to influence public votes on school district budget votes outside of the “Big Five” city school districts. While there are currently disclosure requirements for monies spent on local school board elections, none are required for local school budget votes.

June 2, 2011
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Making special elections less special

Times Union

Capital Confidential

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm by Jimmy Vielkind

There’s a push in Brooklyn to make special elections less special, changing the process by which candidates are selected to fill electoral vacancies.

There are now four vacancies in the Assembly, and more pending (what with Assemblyman Will Boyland and Sen. Carl Kruger under indictment) that make now the time to do something, according to Lincoln Restler, a Democratic district leader in Brooklyn affiliated with the New Kings Democrats club.

May 25, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball's Statement On Sentencing of Former Senator Liebell

BREWSTER NY, (May 13, 2011)- Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), released a statement today following the sentencing of former Senator Vincent Liebell, a Patterson Republican who pleaded guilty earlier this year to obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Senator Liebell formally occupied the 40th district Senate seat, now held by Ball.

May 24, 2011
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Military Voting

NYS Senator Bill Larkin comments on legislation which would allow more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted in special elections.

May 18, 2011
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Redistricting Override Sign On Letter

Senator Dilan, collegues, remain committed to supporting Gov's veto of LATFOR lines. 

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Redistricting Override Sign On Letter

April 7, 2011
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MILITARY VOTING LAW STRENGTHENED


NEW LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW

 

New legislation that would allow more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted in special elections has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation (S.3500) ensures that current state law conforms with the federal law requiring election officials to finalize and transmit the final ballot to military voters overseas within 45 days of a special election.

 

March 14, 2011
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Griffo Supports Senate Extension of Military Vote Count

Griffo Supports Senate Extension of Military Vote Count Governor-backed measure expected to be signed soon

New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) this week, voted to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

The Senate passed the legislation (Senate bill # 3500); one day after the Assembly passed the companion version.

March 7, 2011
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Senator Robach Remarks on Special Election Legislation

NYS Senate passes bill, supported by Governor Cuomo, to extend time for special elections to help accommodate military voters

Robach hopeful this will lead to announcement of special election in 26th Congressional District

March 3, 2011
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Sen. Grisanti Votes Yes To Strengthen Voting Process for Military Voters

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

March 3, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO STRENGTHEN VOTING PROCESS FOR MILITARY VOTERS

Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted. 

March 3, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Voting Process for Military Voters

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted. “It’s the right time to make this change, and it’s a sound piece of legislation.  It ensures that New York’s servicemen and servicewomen are given every reasonable opportunity to have their voices heard and their votes counted in special elections,” said O’Mara, who noted that the new law is expected to be in effect for an upcoming special election in western New York’s 26th Congressional District.

March 3, 2011
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A Celebration: 90 Years of Women Voting

This week, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of a great victory for

women and a radical and hard fought win for American democracy:

women’s suffrage -- the right to VOTE!

 

Sitting here in 2010, it’s hard to imagine a time in American history

during which women were not allowed to vote, especially as we watch

women run for all levels of elected office. But as we celebrate the

90th anniversary of American women’s right to vote, we, as men and

women, must ask ourselves if we are honoring the plight of so many who

came before us and fought for this most fundamental right. The sad

reality is that in areas around the world, women and men are still

August 27, 2010
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Information on New Voting Systems

This year New York State will introduce a new voting system in which voters will mark their choices on a paper ballot using a pen or ballot marking device, and will insert their marked ballot into a scanner. To ensure that voters have an opportunity to learn how to vote using a paper ballot, the Board of Elections in the City of New York will be holding demonstrations to teach voters the new voting system. Below you can find the dates & locations of demonstrations given in the 26th District, or to find out more information please visit: http://www.votethenewwayny.com/en/default.aspx

Date: 29 Aug, 2010

Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Organization: Big Apple Performing Arts

August 27, 2010
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Senate Passes Deceptive Practices and Voter Suppression Prevention Act

In an effort to end voter coercion and intimidation practices, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District –D/WF) announced passage of legislation in the Senate (S2554-B) making voter suppression punishable as a misdemeanor. If signed into law, the legislation will amend New York State election laws to address issues pertaining to voter coercion and intimidation that are not currently covered.

June 16, 2010
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Statement Regarding Resolution Calling on Governor to Set Date for Special Election in 29th District

SENATE ROBACH STATEMENT REGARDING THE INTRODUCTION OF A RESOLUTION CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR TO SET DATE FOR 29TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION

Vacancy Created by Massa Resignation Has Deprived Citizens Of Representation

 

May 6, 2010
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