Senator José M. Serrano joined former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and his fellow Senate Democratic Heroes of Reform to support and advocate for the immediate passage of Governor Cuomo’s non-partisan redistricting legislation. Governor Cuomo introduced the Redistricting Reform Act of 2011 on Friday, February 18th. The legislation (S.3419) would put an independent redistricting plan in place before legislative lines are redrawn ahead of the 2012 elections.
Legislators and Watchdogs Call for New York to be the Nation's "Transparency Capital"
(Albany, NY) - A coalition of state elected officials praised Governor Paterson for being a champion of the federal stimulus package today, and strongly urged him to comprehensively address oversight and accountability in stimulus funding. The state officials were joined by members of the NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group, including Common Cause/New York and NYPIRG.
(New York, NY) - Today Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/ Bronx) and Assemblymember Sandy Galef (D-Westchester/ Putnam) sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to consider legislation that would reform the current problematic legislative member item system. In 2010 Serrano and Galef worked together to craft legislation A641/S920 item reform. The bill received wide, bi-partisan support, and while member items have not been included in recent budgets, Serrano and Galef believe it is important to reform the laws that govern member items to ensure a better, more transparent system in the event member items return in future budgets. Click below to read the full text of the letter to Governor Cuomo.