Albany, land of legal scandals

Michael Gianaris

April 18, 2012

The New York Daily News talks about the lawsuit challenging the Senate Republicans' proposal to add a 63rd state Senate seat and describes how the addition of a seat is flagrantly biased. Although a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice called the Senate Republicans' proposal "disturbing," he declared there was not enough evidence to prove that the scheme was illegal. Senator Gianaris says that State Democrats maintain the proposal is unconstitutional, which is why they have appealed the judges ruling.

Congratulations to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Braun for boiling everything that’s wrong with New York’s poisonous politics down to the essence.


Braun ruled Friday on a lawsuit challenging the addition of a 63rd seat to the state Senate — a key part of Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos’ strategy for salvaging his majority as the state voting population becomes more Democratic.


“Disturbing” was Braun’s word for the way Team Skelos twisted constitutional rules and manipulated census data to maximize his political advantage.


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