Issues: Elections

Time For Government Reform Overdue

Reform is a word that is tossed around a lot by elected officials.  By definition the word reform means to change and improve something by correcting faults – hard to argue with that concept.  Looking at our state government, certainly a few faults need to be corrected.  But simply saying you support reform, and making real improvements, are two different things

I have fought for a number of key reforms during my time in the state senate.  With my support, legislation has been approved to open up the state budget process, create a more transparent senate and clean up Albany.  Unfortunately, over the last two years, one party rule has dominated state government and many of the landmark reforms have been ignored.    

July 29, 2010
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Hands-On Demo of New Optical Scan Voting Machines

Starting this fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines.  Join Senator Peralta for a hands-on demonstration with the Board of Elections.  All participants will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines.

If you cannot attend this event, the Board of Elections is holding other demos across NYC.  Find another demo by clicking here

August 10, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR., ELECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR, SECURES PASSAGE OF ELECTION REFORM LEGISLATION TO ASSURE A SMOOTH TRANSITION TO NEW VOTING SYSTES

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, having exercised its oversight powers to hold hearings throughout the state on the transition to paper ballot based optical scan systems, as well November’s pilot program for their use in much of the state, has now secured passage of election law reforms (S8151, S8152, S8153) designed to assure that election day operations proceed smoothly and that the results of our elections are accurate and inspire the confidence of the public.

June 29, 2010
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New Laws Make it Easier to Obtain, Fill Out Absentee Ballots

June 7, 2010

One law, signed in late May, allows voters to obtain absentee ballot applications by fax or another written instrument in addition to the current means of getting them through the mail or in person at county boards of election. Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, sponsored the legislation in her house.

To read more: http://statepolitics.lohudblogs.com/2010/06/07/new-laws-make-it-easier-to-obtain-fill-out-absentee-ballots/

June 28, 2010
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HV Press: New act fights voter intimidation tactics

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 24, 2010
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Channel 34 Binghamton: Reforming Presidential Elections, NYS Senate Passes National Popular Vote Legislation

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S2286A) to enter an interstate agreement to elect the U.S. President by national popular vote, striking away an arcane system in which candidates work for votes in a handful of states while reducing voters in more progressive or conservative states to little more than bystanders in the democratic process.

June 21, 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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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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Encouraging College Voters, Majority Passes Bill Establishing Polling Sites On Campus

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S2003/Oppenheimer) which will significantly improve voter participation among younger voters at college by providing for polling sites to be located on college campuses. 

June 14, 2010
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Breaking Barriers: Majority Announces Passage Of Legislative Package Expanding Opportunities For New Yorkers With Disabilities

Sweeping Legislation Improves Services For People With Disabilities,Puts An End To Discriminatory Practices

June 10, 2010
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Reforming Presidential Elections: Senate Passes National Popular Vote Legislation

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S2286A) to enter an interstate agreement to elect the U.S. President by national popular vote, striking away an arcane system in which candidates work for votes in a handful of states while reducing voters in more progressive or conservative states to little more than bystanders in the democratic process.

June 8, 2010
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Reforming Presidential Elections: Senate Passes National Popular Vote Legislation

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S2286A) to enter an interstate agreement to elect the U.S. President by national popular vote, striking away an arcane system in which candidates work for votes in a handful of states while reducing voters in more progressive or conservative states to little more than bystanders in the democratic process. 

June 8, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 7, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to maintain essential services used to support health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while making significant spending reductions to close the state’s budget gap. Additionally, the Senate passed key legislation to make health insurance more affordable for individuals and small businesses, and reforms to presidential elections. Maintaining Services & Operations

June 8, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 7, 2010

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to maintain essential services used to support health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while making significant spending reductions to close the state’s budget gap. Additionally, the Senate passed key legislation to make health insurance more affordable for individuals and small businesses, and reforms to presidential elections. Maintaining Services & Operations

June 8, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senator Joseph Addabbo, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Room 816 LOB

June 8, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Statement from Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau):

“Reform does not mean changing the rules in the name of political expediency.  That's the old way of doing things in Albany, and frankly, we should be better than that. If recently introduced legislation to alter how political parties achieve ballot status comes to a vote on the Senate floor, I will vote against it.”

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June 3, 2010
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Addabbo: Election Reforms Ensure Absentee and Affidavit Votes Are Counted and Improve Election Administration

Queens, NY, June 1, 2010 -- In recent months, the New York State Senate passed a package of election reforms to improve the absentee and affidavit voting process and election administration; some have passed in the Senate or have since been signed into law by Governor Paterson.

June 2, 2010
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NY DAILY NEWS- Tuesday, May 11, 2010 – Op-Ed - Fat Cats Badly Need Harness To Safeguard Our Elections

Fat Cats Badly Need Harness To Safeguard Our Electionsthat appeared in the NY DAILY NEWS- Tuesday, May 11, 2010 as an Op-Ed.

http://davidmquintana.blogspot.com/2010/05/ny-daily-news-queens-section-op-ed-fat.html

 

June 1, 2010
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Griffo Says that Legislation Already Exists to Launch Cuomo Reform Plan

Griffo: Legislation Already Exists to Launch Reform Plan

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today called upon Senate Democrats who have voiced support of Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo to show that support by embracing the reform package of Senate bills he has sponsored.

May 25, 2010
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