Issues: Voter Protection

SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Floor Comments on National Popular Vote Bill

Thank you, Mr. President.

I want to thank all of those who are co-sponsoring this, especially Senator Parker who has carried this bill in the past. I appreciate their efforts as well as Assemblyman Dinowitz.

Elections are the foundation of our democracy. In order to have the most representative government possible, we need a system that both attracts voters to participate in the process and requires candidates to deal with all people on all issues.

That is not the current scenario in which we find ourselves every four years. Potential presidential candidates concentrate more than two-thirds of their advertising budget and two-thirds of their campaign stops in just five states. Almost 100 percent of their message is seen in approximately 16 “battleground” states.

March 25, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill To Include New York In the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

[CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF SENATOR GRIFFO'S FLOOR REMARKS]

Measure Guarantees That The Presidency Is Won By The Candidate Who Wins The Most Votes in All 50 States

March 25, 2014
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Senator Zeldin Calls for Passage of His Legislation to Remove Deceased New Yorkers from the Voter Rolls

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Senator Zeldin Calls for Passage of His Legislation to Remove Deceased New Yorkers from the Voter Rolls

ALBANY- In an effort to promote and preserve our democratic process, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley)called today for passage of his legislation (S.1688) to ensure that the names of deceased voters are removed from the voter rolls upon their death.

November 7, 2013
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Senator O'Brien reflects on 50th anniversary of March on Washington, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joins millions of Americans in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the delivery of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Dr. King's speech still captivates us today through his courage and hopeful vision for a better future for the next generations. However, the struggle for equality among many sectors of the population continues,” said Senator O’Brien.

August 28, 2013
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FELDER: BOARD OF ELECTIONS LITERATURE LOOKS LIKE “JUNK MAIL”

Calling the latest voting literature from the Board of Elections “ridiculous,” Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is urging constituents who may be confused about their polling site locations to contact his office for assistance.

“The mail from the Board of Elections is poorly-designed, confusing, and looks like junk-mail,” said Senator Felder. “I suspect most prospective voters will end up tossing it in the garbage without realizing that it contains important content. It’s just ridiculous.”

August 8, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and other Elected Officials Urging Congress to Restore the Protections of the Voting Rights Act

(South Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Congressman José E. Serrano, and other elected officials at the Bronx County Courthouse urging Congress to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act. This past June, key provisions of the Voting Rights Act were gutted by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 4(b) of the Act. This section of the law was used in determining which states and counties required close federal monitoring to help prevent suppression of minority voting. 

August 7, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker on the Supreme Court’s Invalidation of the Core of the Voting Rights Act

(Brooklyn, NY) “The decision made by the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck a blow against forty-eight years of progress away from the naked discrimination and voter suppression of the 1950s and ‘60s, when we struggled to end segregation and move toward equality.

June 28, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Promotes Voter Empowerment

(Queens, New York) Senator Michael Gianaris, a long-time advocate of reforming the state’s electoral system, cheered a recent electoral reform package proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“I am thrilled to see Governor Cuomo is taking real steps to empower the voters of our state by making it easier to register to vote and encouraging voter participation,” said Senator Gianaris. “Reforming the voter registration process will allow more New Yorkers to participate in the most fundamental aspect of our democracy, and thereby improve government from the bottom up.”

June 26, 2013
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislative Reform Package Including Legislation Prohibiting Lobbyists from Engaging in Political Consulting

ALBANY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced a package of legislation aimed at preventing corruption. 

May 6, 2013
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Senator Valesky, Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s plan would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system. 

April 16, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws and Implement Comprehensive Public Financing System for State Elections

 

April 12, 2013 - Today, Senate Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and members of the IDC proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s proposal would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Under the IDC’s plan, candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system.

 

April 12, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN WELCOMES STRONGER ETHICS STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS

"A spate of recent allegations and arrests involving downstate elected officials have given every New Yorker pause and reason to question the integrity of their elected representative government in Albany. Elected officials are empowered by the people and entrusted to honestly advocate on their behalf. This is a central compact that allows democratic government to function and flourish."

April 9, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Simotas, Gianaris Fight For Voters’ Rights

Due to the redistribution of voting polls, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris, are raising their concerns over the efficiency of this initiative. 

 

Continuing their work to promote voters’ rights as this fall’s elections approach, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris are calling on the New York City Board of Elections to review the redistribution of polling sites, which have changed as a result of redistricting this year. Many residents, some of whom have been voting at the same location for decades, will now have to travel significant distances to unfamiliar polling sites in order to vote.

November 14, 2012
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Attorney General Announces Election Day Hotline to Help Ensure Access for Voters Across New York State

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an Election Day Hotline to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and others are able to cast an effective ballot during the November 6th general election. The Attorney General urged voters to call the Office’s Hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to report problems at the polls.

November 5, 2012
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SQUADRON CALLS ON POLS TO DISCLOSE WHETHER ALEC WRITES THEIR BILLS

As GOP Convenes in Tampa, Squadron Petition Urges State Legislators and Candidates to Take Pledge to Disclose Involvement of ALEC

Squadron: Undisclosed Lobbying By Any Other Name Still Stinks

NEW YORK – As Republican state legislators descend on Tampa for the Republican National Convention, State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging legislators to pledge to disclose whether the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) helps shape the bills they introduce.

ALEC's activities seem to qualify as lobbying, but it is not registered as a lobby in New York and many other states, and doesn't file the required disclosures. Squadron’s petition urges state legislators and candidates for state legislature around the country to pledge to do the disclosing for ALEC and make clear whether the group is involved with the drafting of their bills. 

The petition and related pledge are available here.

August 28, 2012
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Voter Empowerment Act Introduced

An article by the Queens Gazette talks about the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act, which aims to optimize the voter registration process in New York.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law joined with good government and advocacy groups on June 7 to announce the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act of New York, a nonpartisan initiative to increase voter participation as the 2012 election season commences. This legislation would amend the election law to update, streamline and make more efficient the voter registration process in New York.

 

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June 25, 2012
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