Issues: Elections

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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Valesky’s Independent Redistricting Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

ALBANY, N.Y.—Independent redistricting reform legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was approved by the State Senate Elections Committee today without opposition.

Today’s vote represents another milestone--versions of independent redistricting plans have been introduced in the Senate and Assembly in the past five years, but did not advance through any committee.

May 25, 2010
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Conference Of Black Senators Releases Their Signature Agenda Issues

Yesterday, the NYS Conference of Black Senators (CBS) unveiled their 2010 Signature Agenda issues and expressed their concerns regarding these particular bills not being brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Members of CBS truly believe that African American Communities have suffered long enough within the areas of Economic Development, Education, Health, Housing, Environment, Crime, Racism and Discrimination.

May 25, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections Senator Joseph Addabbo, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Room 816 LOB

May 25, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Addabbo: Election Reforms Ensure Absentee and Affidavit Votes Are Counted and Improve Election Administration

Addabbo:  Election Reforms Ensure Absentee and Affidavit Votes Are Counted and Improve Election Administration 

May 19, 2010
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Statement from Senator Winner on 29th Congressional District

Elmira, N.Y., May 12--Earlier today New York Governor David Paterson said that he would call a special election in the 29th Congressional District -- but not until Election Day, November 2, 2010.

Senator Winner reacted to the governor's action with the following statement:

"Is he kidding?

"We’ve seen and heard some strange things from New York governors over the past few years, but this may be the strangest and most offensive action yet to the communities I represent.

May 12, 2010
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