Issues: Elections

Senate Democratic Conference Introduces Bill To Move State Primary Election Date To June

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today announced the introduction of legislation to hold the state’s Primary Election day for state and federal offices in June. This billwould save state and local governments $50 million by holding a single primary election andmoving Primary Election day from the month of September.

“This is a common sense and good government approach to save our local taxpayers at least $50million and will help increase voter turnout, giving more people a voice in the electoral process ,” Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

December 30, 2013
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Voters Getting Jobbed

by Ed Griffin-Nolan/Syracuse New Times - Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It’s time for state legislators to stop moonlighting.

December 16, 2013
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Senator Zeldin Calls for Passage of His Legislation to Remove Deceased New Yorkers from the Voter Rolls

THE VOTING DEAD

Senator Zeldin Calls for Passage of His Legislation to Remove Deceased New Yorkers from the Voter Rolls

ALBANY- In an effort to promote and preserve our democratic process, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley)called today for passage of his legislation (S.1688) to ensure that the names of deceased voters are removed from the voter rolls upon their death.

November 7, 2013
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FELDER: EXPECT MAJOR POLL SITE CHANGES ON ELECTION DAY

 

FELDER: EXPECT MAJOR POLL SITE CHANGES ON ELECTION DAY

OVER A DOZEN NEW LOCATIONS IN THE 17TH SENATE DISTRICT

FELDER’S OFFICE TO WILL HAVE EXTENDED HOURS ON ELECTION DAY TO ASSIST CONSTITUENTS

 

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is informing residents of the 17th Senate District about new polling site locations just announced by the Board of Elections for the upcoming November 5th general election.

October 30, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Pushes Low-Cost, Common-Sense Solution to Increase Voter Participation – Expanding Vote-by-Mail Option Adds Convenience and Accessibility

After low turnout in primary elections across region and state, Kennedy presses legislation to expand state’s existing vote-by-mail systems to boost voter participation.

Legislation will open up new access to mail-in ballots for all voters by extending absentee voting rights to all individuals who for any reason are unable to vote in person, or simply choose to vote-by-mail.

Kennedy: New York State has an unfortunate record of low rates of voter participation, and it’s time our state takes action to reverse those trends.

September 18, 2013
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AG Schneiderman Announces Election Day Hotline to Help Ensure Access for Voters Across New York State During 2013 Election Cycle

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an Election Day hotline to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast an effective ballot during the September 10th primary election. The Attorney General urges voters to call the Office’s Hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to report issues or problems at the polls.

September 9, 2013
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FELDER’S OFFICE TO REMAIN OPEN 8 A.M. TO 8 P.M. ON PRIMARY & ELECTION DAYS

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has announced his office will remain open from 8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Primary Day, Tuesday, September 10, as well as on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, to help constituents who may be confused about their polling site locations or which candidates are running for a particular seat or office. Senator Felder’s office can be reached at 718-253-2015 or via e-mail at felder@nysenate.gov.

“Redistricting has led to polling site changes for many people who may not even be aware of the new locations,” said Senator Felder. “I want to ensure that anyone who wants to go out and vote has the correct information they need to cast a vote.”

September 1, 2013
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New Law to Streamline Election Night Procedures, Cuts Red Tape for County Boards of Elections

Legislation was signed into law this week to improve election night procedures followed by county boards of elections (BOE) to close polls and report the unofficial election tallies. In particular, the bill authorizes New York City BOE to use portable memory devices rather than hand-written tallying to gather the unofficial returns for transmission to the BOE.

August 23, 2013
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FELDER: BOARD OF ELECTIONS LITERATURE LOOKS LIKE “JUNK MAIL”

Calling the latest voting literature from the Board of Elections “ridiculous,” Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is urging constituents who may be confused about their polling site locations to contact his office for assistance.

“The mail from the Board of Elections is poorly-designed, confusing, and looks like junk-mail,” said Senator Felder. “I suspect most prospective voters will end up tossing it in the garbage without realizing that it contains important content. It’s just ridiculous.”

August 8, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker on the Supreme Court’s Invalidation of the Core of the Voting Rights Act

(Brooklyn, NY) “The decision made by the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck a blow against forty-eight years of progress away from the naked discrimination and voter suppression of the 1950s and ‘60s, when we struggled to end segregation and move toward equality.

June 28, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins on The Brian Lehrer Show (Source: WNYC)

Source: WNYC

Leader Stewart-Cousins was on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning to discuss what still needed to be done before the end of session, including the gambling expansion plan, ethics and campaign finance reform, and the women's equality agenda.

Click here to listen to the show.

June 21, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Allow Lever Machine Voting in NYC

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4088C), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would allow New York City to use mechanical lever voting machines in both the primary a

June 20, 2013
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Rally Against 'Legalized Bribery' (Source: Legislative Gazette)

Source: Legislative Gazette

Dozens of protesters donned dollar bill costumes and took to the Capitol lawn last Wednesday in the hope of getting the Fair Elections Act (S.4705-a) to the floor of the Senate before the end of the session.

The protest was comprised of several different groups including the Fair Elections for New York campaign, the anti-corruption group Represent. Us and Stamp Stampede, an organization that stamps anti-bribery messages onto dollar bills.

June 17, 2013
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Senator O'Brien applauds A.G.'s disclosure rules

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien expressed his strong support for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s new disclosure requirements for shadowy nonprofit organizations that abuse their status to engage in anonymous political campaigning, which took effect yesterday.

Since 2010, these political groups, operating under the cover of 501(c)(4) organization status, have pumped millions of dollars into races at all levels without having to disclose the origin of their funds. In the 2012 campaign, Virginia-based “Common Sense Principles,” a mysterious ‘nonprofit’ group, spent large sums of money in several New York State Senate races, including Senator O’Brien’s.

June 6, 2013
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State Leaders Hopeful For Campaign Finance Reform Deal (Source: NY1.com)

Source: NY1.com

Supporters of publicly financed campaigns filed into the State Capitol Wednesday to lobby for their cause. At times, their arguments were wonky, Other times, less so, such as when some shouted, "Money out, voters in!"

"I'm hoping this is not one of them," said state Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "We all understand the importance of getting people back involved in the process."

June 3, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on ElectionsSenator Thomas O'Mara, ChairOff the Floor, Wednesday, June 5, 2013Room 123 CAP

June 5, 11:00 AM - 11:08 AM
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Grisanti Bill Moving School Board Elections to November Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the Senate has passed bill S.868, which calls for moving the election of members of the City of Buffalo School Board from May to November, a measure that he says will improve voter turnout and save taxpayers money.

The bill marks the third time that it has passed the Senate.

Grisanti estimates that his bill would save taxpayers over $100,000 due to elections being condensed to one day in November.  The legislation also calls for extending the terms of current members of the Buffalo School Board to the last day of December rather than June, allowing for future terms of office to run from January through December.

May 30, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DISCUSSES HIS CONCERNS WITH THE PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS ON YOUR VOICE

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains his concerns with the public financing of elections.  To watch Your Voice, please click the link provided.

May 21, 2013
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Independent Democratic Conference Hosts Public Hearing on Campaign Finance and Ethics Reform in Albany

ALBANY, NY – Today in the capital, the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference hosted its fourth statewide hearing on campaign finance and ethics reform. At the hearing, experts offered testimony on proposals to publicly finance campaigns, overhaul the state’s porous campaign finance laws, and eliminate conflicts of interests between lobbyists and campaign consultants.

May 20, 2013
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