An Update on Elections Reform

June 03, 2009

Among one of the first few posts on the Official Senate Blog was one about the reform efforts undertaken by Senator Addabbo and the Elections Committee. It explained the reasons why reform in this arena is so critical to fostering democracy here in New York, and laid out the Committee's plan for public hearings to gather input on how best to push a reform agenda forward. One of the key topics was campaign finance reform, to be publicly discussed at hearings in Albany and Buffalo in late May and early June.

A month has passed, and the Elections Committee has made good on its promise. It's hearings were well-attended and testimony was given by many experts. The full-length public hearing proceedings can be viewed here, or you can watch a clip below. Testimony from these proceedings can also be read on the Elections Committee page here.

In addition to the public hearings, the Elections Committee has leveraged the new Senate website to the fullest extent possible, by posting draft legislation to Senate Markup and using a crowdsourcing tool to collect ideas on campaign finance reform. Here, all New Yorkers can make their input heard in a convenient and accessible forum.

We wholeheartedly believe a robust committee process with strong participation from people across the state, like that undertaken by the Elections Committee, will result in better policymaking for the people of New York. The Senate invites all New Yorkers to take an active role in strengthening our democracy--together.

View the full press release here.