Issues: Elections

Governor Signs Village Lever Voting Bill Co-sponsored by Senator Oppenheimer

            On February 28, 2011, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation (A.3093B/S.3216), which will permit villages that administer their own elections to continue to use lever voting machines in the upcoming March elections.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) co-sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

March 15, 2011
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Critics: Senate Redistricting Bill Inadequate --WXXI March 14, 2011

Critics: Senate Redistricting Bill Inadequate

By Karen Dewitt 

ALBANY, NY (WXXI) - Senate Republicans and Democrats argued over the issue of redrawing new district lines Monday, as pressure mounts on the Senate GOP to adopt a plan for an independent commission soon.

Senate Republicans approved a plan that would change the state's constitution to require that new district lines be drawn by a non -partisan commission. Senate sponsor John Bonacic says he picked up the bill from previous sponsors in earlier decades because it's the most comprehensive solution.

March 15, 2011
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Senate Passes Independent Redistricting Commission: Grisanti votes "yes"

Measure Would Reform Process To Draw District Lines In A Fair, Non-partisan Manner

The New York State Senate today passed a constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would significantly reform the process by which new legislative and congressional district lines are determined.  The amendment would create an independent, non-partisan apportionment commission, as called for in the NY Uprising pledge.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Rivera Honors Campaign Pledge, Votes Against Delaying Independent Redistricting for 10 Years

Senator Gustavo Rivera, today, voted against S.3331, a Constitutional amendment that delays independent redistricting in the state of New York for another 10 years. Senator Rivera issued the following statement in response to the passing of this constitutional amendment, 32 to 30:

March 14, 2011
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Senate Passes Independent Redistricting Plan

The New York State Senate today passed a constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would significantly reform the process by which new legislative and congressional district lines are determined.  The amendment would create an independent,  non-partisan apportionment commission, as called for in the NY Uprising pledge.

March 14, 2011
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Change We Can Believe In...10 Years - Senator Espaillat Calls on Republicans For Blocking Reform

Today, State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) voted against Senate Republicans’ latest attempt to block real redistricting reform.

March 14, 2011
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REBROADCAST-Senator Gianaris to be a Guest on WAMC's "Capitol Connection"

Senator Michael Gianaris will be on WAMC’s “Capitol Connection” hosted by Alan Chartock on Friday, March 18 at 10:30 pm and Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm. The Senator will continue to discuss the need for redistricting reform and for Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to pass the pledge for reform.

March 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Senator Gianaris to be a Guest on WAMC's "Capitol Connection"

Senator Michael Gianaris will be on WAMC’s “Capitol Connection” hosted by Alan Chartock on Friday, March 18 at 10:30 pm and again Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm. The Senator will continue to discuss the need for redistricting reform and for Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to pass the pledge for reform.

March 18, 10:30 PM - 11:59 PM
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Redistricting Debate Roils Senate--Albany Times Union

Today the Times Union reported on yesterday's session debate regarding the fight to bring redistrticting reform to the floor. 

ALBANY -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday rejected the Democratic minority's attempt to push for a public hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's redistricting bill. But the Senate session that ensued seemed to provide at least a partial forum for Democrats' complaints that the GOP is attempting to smother the legislation.

March 9, 2011
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ADDABBO SUPPORTS GOVERNOR’S PROGRAM BILL THAT ENSURES OVERSEAS MILITARY VOTERS ARE TREATED FAIRLY IN SPECIAL ELECTIONS

 

Bill Now in Assembly; Fixes Discrepancy Between State & Federal Laws 

 

Queens, NY, March 7, 2011 –  NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), ranking member of both the Senate’s Elections Committee and its Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, supports the Governor’s Program Bill #4, announced by Governor Cuomo on February 23, which has been passed by the Senate and now needs passage in the Assembly. Once passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, it would take effect immediately.  

March 8, 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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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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