Issues: Elections

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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Statement on Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble Not Seeking Re-Election

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) issued a statement today  in response to today’s announcement by Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble, D-2nd Legislative District, that she would not seek re-election and retire at the end of her current term:

“I wish Renae the very best in her future endeavors. She is a well-respected leader in Niagara Falls who has always put the best interest of her community first.  I hope that the Niagara County Redistricting Commission will protect representation for the African-American community in Niagara Falls, as the commission outlines the new legislative districts in Niagara County. “

-Senator Mark J. Grisanti

March 7, 2011
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Senator O'Mara sees first bill through the Senate, strengthens election process for military voters

Albany, N.Y., March 3—The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval today to legislation 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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Legislature unanimously approves change to strengthen election process for military voters

Albany, N.Y., March 3—The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval today to legislation 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.The Senate unanimously approved O’Mara’s legislation -- the occasion marking the first piece of legislation O'Mara has had approved as a state senator.

March 3, 2011
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Advocates Redistricting Bill With Mayor Koch

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins stood with Mayor Ed Koch and several of her legislative colleagues at the Capital today, urging passage of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s redistricting bill. The legislation would create an independent commission to draw legislative districts, which was a major aspect of Mayor Koch’s reform pledge last fall. Senator Stewart-Cousins is designated as a Hero of Reform by Mayor Koch, and promises to fight for passage of the legislation.

March 1, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS

I was pleased to meet with Mayor Koch today on the issue of independent redistricting.  I expressed to him my concerns about the Koch-endorsed bill that would weight the redistricting process in favor of Democrats by a six to two margin. 

Several different redistricting reform bills have been proposed.  We are still reviewing constitutional concerns that we have with the bill submitted by the Governor.  It is our intention to pursue a redistricting reform measure that will meet the NY Uprising pledge.

March 1, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

I was pleased to meet with Mayor Koch today on the issue of independent redistricting.  I expressed to him my concerns about the Koch-endorsed bill that would weight the redistricting process in favor of Democrats by a six to two margin.   Several different redistricting reform bills have been proposed.  We are still reviewing constitutional concerns that we have with the bill submitted by the Governor.  It is our intention to pursue a redistricting reform measure that will meet the NY Uprising pledge.  

March 1, 2011
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ADDABBO TO NYS LEGISLATORS: “BE HEROES OF REDISTRICTING REFORM, NOT ZEROES”

Queens, NY, February 28, 2011 --  NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., ranking member of the Senate Elections Committee, releases his views on some recently introduced bills by both parties, to bring independent redistricting reform to New York State. 

March 1, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Perhaps the most important part of our Democratic process is our citizens’ ability to vote and elect those who will make the crucial decisions for our local governments. On the local level, villages provide our residents with basic services, from emergency services, water and garbage collection to snow removal. As the former mayor for a village for eight years, I am fully aware of the effectiveness of our local villages.

This March and June, residents will be going to the polls to elect fellow residents to serve on the various village boards. Our citizens must be able to vote in a system that is accurate and effective so that the Democratic process continues. It is critical for our system of government.

February 28, 2011
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Gianaris Pushes ‘New Way Forward’ On Redistricing

Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin highlights Senator Michael Gianaris' push for a New Way Forward on the way Redistricting is done in Albany.

February 28, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, February 28, 2011 Room 813 LOB

February 28, 1:00 PM - 1:06 PM
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Watch Senator Krueger on NY1's Inside City Hall

Last night, Senator Krueger joined NY1′s evening political show, Inside City Hall. She discussed everything from the budget to redistricting reform.

Watch Senator Krueger on Inside City Hall here!

February 24, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Calls For A Vote On Redistricting Reform Legislation

After Governor Cuomo introduced his own legislation creating an independent commission to redraw district lines, I issued a press release applauding his efforts. Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform legislation hews closely to the legislation I authored and championed first in 2005. As the legislature's leading advocate of redistricting reform, I have introduced my redistricting reform legislation in the Senate.

February 22, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Calls For A Vote On Redistricting Reform Legislation

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), applauded Governor Cuomo for introducing legislation to create an independent commission to redraw the boundaries for Congressional and state legislative districts, promising to end the longstanding Albany practice of protecting incumbent lawmakers through gerrymandered districts. Mr. Cuomo’s proposal hews closely to legislation introduced and championed by Senator Gianaris since 2005.

Senator Gianaris is the legislature’s leading advocate of redistricting reform.

February 22, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislation Critical to Upcoming Village Elections

Due to the efforts of State Senator Jack M. Martins , the Democratic process can go forward on March 15 when residents of villages head to the polls to vote in village elections. The New York State Senate recently passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martins that allows village governments to continue to use lever voting machines for elections until December 31, 2012.

February 18, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

The issue of redistricting reform is an important one and I have said repeatedly that we will act on reform legislation.  A number of proposals have been advanced and we have to take a close look at what makes the most sense to ensure a fair, open and truly nonpartisan process. Cutting government spending, reducing taxes, providing property tax relief and creating private sector jobs are critically important issues that impact every family and business in this state.  That’s why our focus right now must be on getting a fiscally responsible budget enacted by April 1st, which is just 43 days away.  

February 17, 2011
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Senator Krueger Explains Her Legislation on Campaign Funds Usage & Disclosure of Lobbyist Contributions

On Monday, Senator Krueger joined her colleagues in the Democratic Conference in urging the Republican Majority to keep their promise and take action on comprehensive ethics, campaign finance and independent redistricting reform. In doing so, Senator Krueger called specific attention to her legislation (S.3053 / Krueger) that would set specific requirements for reporting lobbyist donations and for the ways in which campaign funds can be used.

February 15, 2011
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State Senate Democrats Push for a Debate on Ethics Package

By Meghan Keneally

February 14, 2011 | 2:02 p.m

State Senate Democrats unveiled a comprehensive ethics package today and called on it to pass quickly in order to reinsure voters that an election season promise is being honored.

Minority leader John Sampson said that the Democrats' six-part bill that will cover a variety of ethically-dubious areas including client disclosure requirements, proper use of campaign funds, the need to eliminate the existing 'pay to play' attitude, and the creation of an independent redistricting commission.

"We need to make these changes because they have lost faith, trust and confidence in us," Sampson said. "If we ask them to tighten their belts, we have to tighten our belts."

February 14, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Thomas O'Mara, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, January 31, 2011 Room 813 LOB

January 31, 1:00 PM - 1:03 PM
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