Monthly Archives: November 2014

NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney Moves To Capital New York

Bill Mahoney, a longtime analyst at NYPIRG, moves over to join Capital New York’s Albany Bureau to cover lobbying and campaign finance issues. Bill is a “go to” person when researchers are looking for accurate and informative material on campaign reporting.

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Albany County Legislature’s Voting Rights Act Challenge Trial Gets Underway

A Voting Rights Act challenge against the Albany County Legislature gets underway in federal court in Albany today. In an article appearing in the Albany Times Union, plaintiff attorneys argue that an additional fifth minority district should be required. Under the plan adopted in 2012, only four minority districts were drawn.

http://m.timesunion.com/local/article/Courtroom-will-hear-legislature-map-flap-5874528.php

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Voters Approve Redistricting Amendment Creating Advisory Commission

New York State voters approved Proposal 1 yesterday, creating a commission to submit congressional and state legislative redistricting plans to the state legislature for approval beginning in 2022.

Unless a state constitutional convention meets later in the decade, the amendment’s commission will be used after the 2020 census. In 2017, voters will be asked whether to convene a constitutional convention to meet before 2020.

The results:

Pro   1,479,914   42.9%

Con  1,098,307   31.8%

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Wall Street Journal: How To Draw Political Map

In what’s probably the last major news article on Proposal 1, the Wall Street Journal’s Erica Orden has a piece in today’s paper. The article provides an accurate overview of the divide among civic group. Interestingly, it quotes Citizens Union’s Dick Dadey about the Governor not taking an active role supporting a measure that many thought he had pushed hard for in the legislature.

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Post Election State Senate Ballot Litigation Underway

Rick Karlin reports in Capitol Confidential that GOP and Democratic attorneys have already filed motions to impound ballots after tomorrow’s voting. In what could be a closely contested race for the state senate, Democratic lawyer James Long and Republican attorney David Lewis filed motions in the race between Cece Tkaczyk and George Amedore.

Other motions have been filed “in the Grisanti/Panepinto race in Buffalo as well as the O’Brien/Funke contest in Rochester and the Gipson/Serino competition in the Hudson Valley.”

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Robert Harding Gives Equal Time to Prop 1 in the Auburn Citizen

Robert Harding gives Susan Lerner of Common Cause and Dick Dadey equal time to make their arguments for and against Prop 1 in the Auburn Citizen.

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NY1 video on Prop 1

NYC’s cable station  NY1 has run a story on the debate over the redistricting commission proposal. There is no firewall against the video, so take 2 minutes and watch. This is New York Election New’s first video link. Enjoy.

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