Issues: Elections

Senate Elections Committee Holds Albany Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3rd, 10 AM – 1 PM WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, Albany, New York, 12247  

June 3, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senate Elections Committee Holds Albany Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3rd, 10 AM – 1 PM WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, Albany, New York, 12247  

June 2, 2009
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Senate Ethics Committee Launches Statewide Hearings on Ethics Reform Proposals

(New York, NY) The New York State Senate Ethics Committee today began a series of three public hearings throughout the state to listen to comments and ideas from the public about several ethics reform proposals. Four bills will be discussed during the hearings, two sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and two sponsored by Senator Daniel Squadron.The bills are:

May 27, 2009
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Campaign Finance Reform 2.0: Crowdsourcing and NYSenate Markup Initiatives

The New York State Senate is seeking your help.

The Senate recognizes the need to reform our state's campaign finance laws in order to restore public trust in government and allow elected officials to focus on public needs rather than special interests.  The Senate Elections Committee, chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabo Jr., is considering a number of proposed reforms, including proposals to create a system of voluntary public financing.

May 22, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Standing Committee on Elections

Hearing Room B

Legislative Office Building

Albany, NY 12247

                      

June 3, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Standing Committee on Elections

Nazareth College

Otto A. Shults Community Center -The Forum

4245 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14618

                      

May 28, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Senator David J. Valesky To Participate in Senate Elections Hearing May 14

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--On Friday, May 14, 2008, Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will join members of the State Senate Elections Committee, including committee chairman, Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Rome), to participate in a New York State Senate public hearing dedicated to soliciting public comment on a number of proposals to update and reform the state’s poll site accessibility and absentee ballot laws, and poll site operations.

May 21, 2009
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Senate Elections Committee to Hold Final Hearing this Month Introducing Proposals to Update and Reform the State's Poll Site Accessibility and Absentee Ballot Laws, and Poll Site Operations

WHEN: Thursday May 14th, 10 AM – 1 PM WHERE: Syracuse Common Council Chambers, 233 East Washington Street, City Hall 4th Floor, Syracuse, New York 

May 13, 2009
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Senate Elections Committee Holds Hearing Introducing Proposals to Update and Reform the State's Poll Site Accessibility and Absentee Ballot Laws

Monday, the Elections Committee held the first of two hearings this month dedicated to soliciting public comment on a number of proposals to update and reform the state’s poll site accessibility and absentee ballot laws, and poll site operations. The May hearings in Albany (May 11) and Syracuse (May 14) are the second set in a series of five that will continue in June, September and November. Future topics include: campaign finance reform; Board of Elections oversight; additional election reform laws; and oversight of the November elections.  

May 10, 2009
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Fostering A Vibrant Democracy Through Elections Reform

Voter turnout in 2008 tells the story of the state of registration and election laws in New York. According to data compiled by George Mason University, New York’s 58% turnout rate of voting eligible population for the 2008 general election was 43rd in the nation—or 7th worst.

New York’s laws governing voter registration and casting a ballot are among the most restrictive in the nation.  The deadline to register to vote is 25 days before an election, even though the limit under the state Constitution is 10 days. Unlike New York, 31 states offer early voting and a similar number allow no-excuse absentee voting.

Voter registration and other election-related laws matter because they have a direct impact on voter turnout, the lynchpin to a vibrant democracy.  Yet, as noted in The Right to Vote by Alexander Keyssar, a professor of at Harvard’s Kennedy School, voter registration laws at the turn of the 19th century were crafted in some states as a means to disenfranchise segments of the population that included minorities, the less educated and the poor.

May 6, 2009
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March 13, 2009
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SENATORS CONTEND THAT LEGISLATIVE RECESS IS POORLY TIMED

Senators Seward and Griffo: Budget Held Hostage To Politicians’ Private AgendasWith New York State facing a grave fiscal crisis, State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I- Rome) today called for urgent, non-stop action to resolve the serious flaws in Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2009-2010 state budget.

February 17, 2009
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Sen. Brian X. Foley Celebrates Inauguration With Local Students

Hundreds of William Floyd High School students take part in festivitiesMastic Beach, NY – As millions of citizens and hundreds of elected officials from around the country gathered in Washington D.C to celebrate the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, Sen. Brian X. Foley joined students at the William Floyd School District as they took part in the festivities. Sen.

January 20, 2009
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