The State Board of Elections released a report a few days ago addressing the challenges faced by local governments and special districts still using lever machines. The report was mandated by Chapter 273 of the Laws of 2014. Localities are supposed to end the use of level machines by the end of the year. Several state legislators recently joined county commissioners and advocates for the handicapped urging an end to level machines. You can read the report here.
Monthly Archives: February 2015
Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has appointed a search committee to recommend a Director for the Assembly’s new Office of Ethics & Compliance. As reported by Casey Seiler in Capitol Confidential, the search committee includes several legislators with experience as former prosecutors and who worked in the Attorney General’s Office. One former Suffolk Detective was also named as part of the commmittee.
Colby Hamilton reports in Capital New York: A federal lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District to force the Governor to call a special election to replace Michael Grimm in Congress. Staten Island Board Of Elections Commissioner Ronald Castorina filed the complaint on behalf of eight district voters. The case will be heard on February 13.
Newsday’s Matt Clark reported this week that the Nassau County Legislature’s Presiding Officer, Norman Gonsalves, failed to file reports with the State Board Of Elections for nine years. Gonsalves, 80, and her 60 year old campaign treasurer, mentioned that their advanced age and unfamiliarity with online filing made it more difficult for the electronic files to be transmitted.