Capital New York wrote about redistricting reform and supports Governor Cuomo's promise to create an independent redistricting commission and to veto any legislation creating a partisan redistricting panel.
Fresh off reaching an agreement on his first budget, Andrew Cuomo, flanked by legislative leaders, said, with deliberate exaggeration, "I hope this is the template for a new era of cooperation and productivity between the executive and the legislature. I'm hoping that this spirit of love and euphoria that I feel is infectious and grows and continues. Do you feel it, Dean? Do you feel it, Shelly?"
State of Politics wrote about the letter former Mayor Ed Koch sent to Senate Republicans who have gone back on their campaign promises for reform. He is calling on them to sign either my redistricting reform legislation or Senator Valesky's bill, otherwise they will be labeled "Enemies of Reform."
Senate Republicans should be receiving a letter this morning from former NYC Mayor Ed Koch. As you probably guessed, he is calling them out for failing to live up to the pledge they made to him to support a non-partisan redistricting commission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queens Gazette included a photo and blurb on the Democratic Leadership 21st Century Club's forum on redistricting reform, in which Senator Gianaris was the keynote speaker.
On April 20, state Senator Michael Gianaris was the keynote speaker at the forum on redistricting reform, hosted by the Democratic Leadership 21st Century and Common Cause New York. Gianaris discussed the need for immediate redistricting reform, the affects of the 2010 Census results and the importance of an independent redistricting panel.