Issues: Elections

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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Last Ditch Push On Redistricting

Gotham Gazette wrote about ReShape NY's Lobby Day event to push for redistricting, which Senator Gianaris attended. Senator Gianaris said, "Promises were made and it is time those promises were kept. Now is the time to discover who is a genuine Hero of Reform and who was just spouting empty campaign rhetoric."

June 2, 2011
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BALL RELEASES STATEMENT ON “PROTEST"

Ball, “Folks, let’s focus on jobs and taxes, not cheap political tricks.”

May 24, 2011
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Senator Ball Calls for Independent Redistricting, Constitutional Change, It's Time to Keep Our Promise

 

ALBANY, NY – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is embarking upon an effort to enlist all members in both houses to support what he calls, “real, lasting, and substantive changes to the current redistricting process” by supporting a bill amending the New York State Constitution to once and for all enact truly independent redistricting.

“Demographics and geography should decide district lines, not politics. The only real way to establish constitutional standards is by amending the constitution, the way our founders suggested, and make these changes permanent and constitutionally sound.”

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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State elections

Redistricting, calendar up in the air

State lawmakers' penchant for procrastination could leave up to the courts key decisions governing the 2012 elections.

In the coming months, the Legislature has to confront two vexing issues: redistricting and changes to the start of the election cycle to comply with federal law. However, lawmakers have yet to act on either one individually, and a convergence of the two will make it even more difficult to resolve either in the coming weeks.

May 17, 2011
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N.Y. redistricting talks bog down

Ithaca Journal wrote an article about redistricting reform. We must to rally together in order to get this inportant reform passed.

ALBANY -- With just five weeks to go before the Legislature breaks for the summer, talk at the Capitol has been driven by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legislative priorities: a property tax cap, an ethics overhaul and legalizing gay marriage.

Noticeably absent, however, has been much talk on redistricting reform, a major campaign issue that garnered significant attention earlier this session, but is still unresolved.

May 16, 2011
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City hearing sheds light on Census challenge

Queens Chronicle wrote an article on the latest developments regarding the Census and its flawed results. This is a serious problem and must be fixed.

At a City Council hearing on Monday, the Census Bureau’s New York regional director, Tony Farthing, testified that a processing error may have caused the agency to undercount city residents.

Farthing reportedly brought up the potential error in response to a comment by Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn), but did not explain exactly what type of error he was referring to.

May 12, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 2, 2011 Room 813 LOB

May 2, 1:00 PM - 1:13 PM
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Gianaris Speaks For Reform

Queens Gazette included a photo and blurb on the Democratic Leadership 21st Century Club's forum on redistricting reform, in which Senator Gianaris was the keynote speaker.

On April 20, state Senator Michael Gianaris was the keynote speaker at the forum on redistricting reform, hosted by the Democratic Leadership 21st Century and Common Cause New York. Gianaris discussed the need for immediate redistricting reform, the affects of the 2010 Census results and the importance of an independent redistricting panel.

Check out the full blurb and photo here.

April 27, 2011
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Speaking at DL21C's "What's the Deal with Redistricting with Senator Gianaris"

Senator Gianaris was the keynote speaker at a forum hosted by Democratic Leadership 21st Century on redistricting reform. "What's the Deal with Redistricting, with Senator Gianaris" was moderated by Andrew Hawkins of City Hall News.

April 21, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Gianaris to Speak at Redistricting Forum

Senator Gianaris will speak at the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century's "What's the Real with Redistricting?"forum. he will discuss the ins and outs of the current redistricting process, the political context of redistricting in the last election, and how current proposals for independent redistricting could help ensure that we are more empowered in our communities.

April 20, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Force Action on Ethics Reform

Petition to Require Public Hearings on Outside Income Disclosure, Stripping Convicted Pols of Pensions and Independent Legislative Oversight

(Albany, NY) Ignoring the overwhelming public support for ethics reform evidenced in recent public polling, Senate Republicans continue to stall negotiations and block progress on this critical legislation even as the Legislature prepares to break for the remainder of April. To break the Albany logjam and deliver the change New Yorkers want, Senate Democrats submitted petitions to force public action on key ethics reform bills.

Answering the public’s call for action, Senate Democrats are seeking to force hearings this month on ethics legislation including:

April 13, 2011
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Our view: State Senate GOP should keep promise

Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized on redistricting reform and calls on constituents of Senate Republicans to remind them of their promise of reform. Redistricting reform should be passed without delay.

One would suppose that by now we should be used to politicians talking out of both sides of their mouth. Just once it’d be nice to see them actually keep a promise — especially when it’s good for the people.

But alas, redistricting in New York state by independent commission no longer is in the best interest of state Senate Republicans. Ergo, the promise made last year to create an impartial, independent panel on redistricting seems to be kaput.

April 13, 2011
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Griffo Responds to Former Mayor Ed Koch

STATEMENT BY SENATOR GRIFFO IN RESPONSE TO FORMER MAYOR ED KOCH

April 13, 2011
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Koch: It’s ‘retribution day’ for pledge-jumpers

Capitol Confidential blogged about Ed Koch's robocalls to constituents of legislators who have reneged on their pledge for redistricting reform.

NYUprising’s Ed Koch said “retribution day” had arrived for the 42 lawmakers who signed a pledge to support independent redistricting but have subsequently backed off on that promise.

Out of the 138 elected officials or candidates now in office who signed NYUprising’s pledge before the fall elections, 31 senators and 11 Assembly members have changed their mind — “all are Republicans, save for one Democratic Assembly member,” said Koch, himself a Democrat.

April 12, 2011
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A legal way to fix New York

A Times Union editorial calls on Senator Skelos and Senate Republicans to stop stalling on redistricting reform and pass it now.

Nice try, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Real slick argument, trying to stop the more independent redistricting for the Legislature that you and the other Republicans promised during last year’s campaigns. Now you say that it is unconstitutional.

With a state budget in place, there should be nothing to stop the Legislature from making good on those pledges to change how state government works. That begins with changing the way district boundaries are drawn for the 2012 legislative elections.

April 12, 2011
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New York Times Calls for Reform, Commends Senator Gianaris

Over the weekend the New York Times called for substantial reforms to the way New York State Government funcitons. One of the reforms they highlighted was my  call for independent redistricting.

Check out the full article here

 

 

April 11, 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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Groups say governor’s redistricting bill is constitutional

Politics on the Hudson posted an article about Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform bill and how good government groups are saying that it is constitutional, despite what Senate Republicans are saying. It is time to pass redistricting reform to ensure and a fair and nonpartisan process.

A coalition of good-government groups pushing for non-partisan redistricting is refuting claims by Senate Republicans that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legislation to set up this process is unconstitutional. ReShapeNY released a legal memo written by the international law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP to back up its argument.

April 6, 2011
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