Issues: Government Operations

Redistricting Public Hearing Testimony

Attached are written testimonies submitted by speakers at both the December 14, 2010, New York City meeting and the December 16, 2010, meeting in Albany.

Links have been provided to video testimony of speaker below:

Aaron Mair | Arbor Hill Concerned Citizens

Blair Horner | New York Public Interest Research Group

Barbara Bartoletti | Legislative Director of the League of Women Voters of New

Dr. José E. Cruz | New York Latino Research and Resources Network

January 4, 2011
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2011 Redistricting Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about the Redistricting process?

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

2. What is redistricting?

3. What is reapportionment?

4. What requirements must the legislature follow?

5. What is the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and reapportionment (LATFOR)?

6. How the bill becomes law.

7. What about an independent redistricting commission?

8. When will it take effect?

9. Why should I care?

10. How can I get involved?

11. How can I get redistricting data?

 

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Background

The Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established by Chapter 45 of the New York State Laws of 1978 to research and study the techniques and methodologies used by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census in carrying out the decennial federal census. The Task Force aids the Legislature by maintaining computer systems, developing databases, conducting hearings and developing Senate, Assembly and Congressional redistricting plans. LATFOR also conducts research projects relating to the collection and use of census data and other statistical information. The Task Force consists of six members, including four legislators and two non-legislators.

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Background

The Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established by Chapter 45 of the New York State Laws of 1978 to research and study the techniques and methodologies used by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census in carrying out the decennial federal census. The Task Force aids the Legislature by maintaining computer systems, developing databases, conducting hearings and developing Senate, Assembly and Congressional redistricting plans. LATFOR also conducts research projects relating to the collection and use of census data and other statistical information. The Task Force consists of six members, including four legislators and two non-legislators.

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Goals And Criteria

Various state and local jurisdictions, in an effort to reform redistricting and to make it more accountable, have been considering new goals, methods and criteria that would result in a more transparent redistricting process and one that uses honest and objective criteria. While several states have pursued redistricting reform via the legislative process, others have considered independent commissions. California’s new commission is one major example of a recent reform.Goals and criteria being considered include:

January 3, 2011
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New York State Demographic Trends Report, 2000-2009 | GIS Maps and Data Tables

Attached are reports on demographic trends across New York, including data on Congressional districts, State Senate districts, county population changes as well as prisoner populations from 2000-2009.

January 3, 2011
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Reform Albany Press Conference in NYC

On Monday, December 20th Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, former Mayor Ed Koch and fellow Senate Democrats called on Republican State Senators to pass a package of reform bills as the first act of business in the New Year. The bills include ethics reform, budget reform, and establishing an independent redistricting commission—reform measures that were a part of former Mayor Ed Koch’s “New York Uprising” reform pledge that was signed by 53 of 62 incoming New York State Senators before the election.

December 21, 2010
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Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2010

Austin Shafran | austinshafran@gmail.com | 917-417-3711

 

Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

“Heroes” Unveil Comprehensive Reform Legislation to Fulfill NY Uprising Campaign Pledge and Commitments to Leading Civic Orgs

Bills on Ethics, Budget, Redistricting Part of Wide-Ranging Plan to Clean Up Albany

53 of 62 Members of Incoming Senate Signed Pledge Before Election

December 20, 2010
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New York State Senate Majority Conference Senate Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment

Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Co-Chair of the Legislative Advisory Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) will convene a public meeting on Tuesday, December  16, 2010 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Van Buren Hearing Room A in the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY. to hear comments and recommendations on  proposed goals and criteria for  legislative redistricting.

Senator Dilan will be joined at the hearing by Dr. John Flateau, a non-legislative member of the Task Force.Testimony by invitation only. Public comment if time permits.

December 16, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action

Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair of Senate Committee on Cities

November, 2010 Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action Update.

File: 
Summary of 2010 Cities Committee Action.pdf

December 1, 2010
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November 2010 Community Bulletin

Message from Liz . . .

As expected, this was a difficult election season. But thanks to the support of so many of you, I was reelected with 70 percent of the vote. First, thank you and know that even if you chose not to vote for me, I will do my very best to serve every constituent of the 26th Senatorial District for the next two years.

File: 
Nov 2010 CB- PRINT.doc

November 30, 2010
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Democrat and Chronicle Editorial, Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Follow the link below to read my opinion editorial which appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle on Sunday, November 21st, 2010.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=201011210322

November 23, 2010
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Legislative Update with Senator Robach 11-08-10

On Monday, November 8th, Senator Robach appeared as a guest on legislative update.

November 23, 2010
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Renewed Budget Transparency Needed

With Election Day now behind us and the political campaigns ended, it is time to get back to the people’s business.  Certainly, there is a great deal to be done.

New York State’s fiscal health must be considered a top priority.  While this is not a new revelation, it was reinforced by the latest spending and revenue report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  According to the comptroller’s report, revenue for fiscal year 2010-2011 will be $943 million lower than expected and spending will be $288 million higher.  Simply put, the state budget doesn’t add up.

November 12, 2010
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