Currently unfiltered drinking water serves over 8 million New York City residents giving us the cleanest, safest and most reliable drinking water in the country. However, our drinking water is being put in jeopardy by big business oil and gas companies, who want to drill for natural gas dangerously close to New York City’s upstate watershed using a process known as hydraulic fracturing, also called "hydrofracking."
This drilling process uses toxic chemicals under high pressure in water to break up rock formations deep underground, releasing the natural gas. This could lead to toxic carcinogens entering our water supply.
When you go to the polls in September, the old Shoup 3.2 mechanical voting machine - used in city polling places for about half a century - will be gone, replaced by Elections Systems & Software‟s (ES&S) DS200 Scanner and the AutoMark Ballot Marking Device.
ES&S will provide 5,000 to 7,000 voting machines to the city under a $50 million contract. According to the City Board of Elections, the board selected ES&S after completing a thorough evaluation and public hearing process.
New York State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. is Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee
In a recent vote, the New York City Board of Elections chose the Elections System and Software DS200 optical scan voting machines to replace our aged lever machines. The new machines will be used in this fall’s primary and general elections and will bring greater efficiency and accuracy to the electoral process, while ensuring that every vote cast is counted accurately.
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.