Senator Gianaris was the keynote speaker at a forum hosted by Democratic Leadership 21st Century on redistricting reform. "What's the Deal with Redistricting, with Senator Gianaris" was moderated by Andrew Hawkins of City Hall News.
Senator Gianaris will speak at the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century's "What's the Real with Redistricting?"forum. he will discuss the ins and outs of the current redistricting process, the political context of redistricting in the last election, and how current proposals for independent redistricting could help ensure that we are more empowered in our communities.
Petition to Require Public Hearings on Outside Income Disclosure, Stripping Convicted Pols of Pensions and Independent Legislative Oversight
(Albany, NY) Ignoring the overwhelming public support for ethics reform evidenced in recent public polling, Senate Republicans continue to stall negotiations and block progress on this critical legislation even as the Legislature prepares to break for the remainder of April. To break the Albany logjam and deliver the change New Yorkers want, Senate Democrats submitted petitions to force public action on key ethics reform bills.
Answering the public’s call for action, Senate Democrats are seeking to force hearings this month on ethics legislation including:
Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized on redistricting reform and calls on constituents of Senate Republicans to remind them of their promise of reform. Redistricting reform should be passed without delay.
One would suppose that by now we should be used to politicians talking out of both sides of their mouth. Just once it’d be nice to see them actually keep a promise — especially when it’s good for the people.
But alas, redistricting in New York state by independent commission no longer is in the best interest of state Senate Republicans. Ergo, the promise made last year to create an impartial, independent panel on redistricting seems to be kaput.
“Once again, an important bill has fallen victim to the intellectually dishonest debate that unfairly pits environmental issues against job creation. My bill (S.425), which today failed to pass through the Environmental Conservation Committee, would implement common sense measures by requiring gas companies to disclose all chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing fluids and would ban the use of any substances deemed carcinogenic. However, instead of taking critical steps to ensure basic safeguards are put in place to protect all New Yorkers, my Republican colleagues have decided to stall this bill under the false pretense that it will hurt jobs in the upstate area.
Capitol Confidential blogged about Ed Koch's robocalls to constituents of legislators who have reneged on their pledge for redistricting reform.
NYUprising’s Ed Koch said “retribution day” had arrived for the 42 lawmakers who signed a pledge to support independent redistricting but have subsequently backed off on that promise.
Out of the 138 elected officials or candidates now in office who signed NYUprising’s pledge before the fall elections, 31 senators and 11 Assembly members have changed their mind — “all are Republicans, save for one Democratic Assembly member,” said Koch, himself a Democrat.
A Times Union editorial calls on Senator Skelos and Senate Republicans to stop stalling on redistricting reform and pass it now.
Nice try, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Real slick argument, trying to stop the more independent redistricting for the Legislature that you and the other Republicans promised during last year’s campaigns. Now you say that it is unconstitutional.
With a state budget in place, there should be nothing to stop the Legislature from making good on those pledges to change how state government works. That begins with changing the way district boundaries are drawn for the 2012 legislative elections.
Politics on the Hudson posted an article about Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform bill and how good government groups are saying that it is constitutional, despite what Senate Republicans are saying. It is time to pass redistricting reform to ensure and a fair and nonpartisan process.
A coalition of good-government groups pushing for non-partisan redistricting is refuting claims by Senate Republicans that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legislation to set up this process is unconstitutional. ReShapeNY released a legal memo written by the international law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP to back up its argument.
The Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized on redistricting reform and the importance of passing Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform bill as opposed to introducing the issue as a constitutional amendment, which requires a much lengthier process and would not get the much-needed reform done now.
A plan by state Senate Republicans to create an independent commission to redraw district lines through a constitutional amendment is little more than an attempt to derail real reform.
Contact state legislators and tell them to reject it.
While newly elected State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hasn’t been in Albany long, on Thursday evening the Good Government Club of Western New York saw fit to bestow upon him their “achievement award” for his career in public service.
Gallivan stated he was “honored and humbled” to receive the prestigious award from such a respected institution. “For over three decades The Good Government Club of Western New York has been actively promoting and encouraging honesty and integrity in government and I am very appreciative that they recognize my adherence to those same principles,” remarked Gallivan.
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.
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.
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.