Newsday covers the Census Bureau’s decision to return the name “Uniondale” to East Garden City in central Nassau County. This is a victory for community activists seeking to correct a wrong brought on by commercial developers who wanted a “better” sounding name to attract business.
Monthly Archives: May 2015
Can Senator Bernie Sanders overcome New York’s Wilson-Pakula law to enter the New York primary? Bill Mahoney takes a look in Capital New York.
Capitol Confidential reports at 11:00 AM., Sen. Daniel Squadron, Common Cause/NY, Assemblymembers Brian Kavanagh and Jo Anne Simon, Citizen Action of New York, Citizens Union, League of Women Voters, MoveOn Albany, NYPIRG, elected officials and advocates urge the Senate to vote on Squadron’s bill to close the LLC loophole, 3rd Floor, state Capitol, Senate side, Albany
Newsday reports that “A state Supreme Court judge has rejected former Brookhaven Town Board member Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld’s lawsuit to force the town to pay his legal costs in a suit brought by a former aide.”
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will introduce a package of ethics measures that range from lower caps on campaign contributions, lobbying restrictions and creates a full-time Legislature blocked from earning outside income.
The proposals are outlined in an Albany Times Union oped.
The End New York Corruption Now Act —” dramatically lowers contribution limits, sharply restricts contributions by lobbyists, closes donation loopholes so big you can drive a Mack truck through them, and provides matching funds for small contributions to offset the power of mega-donors.”
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from a three judge court in Evenwel v. Abbott, a one-person, one vote case involving the counting of non-citizens in the creation of electoral districts. Rick Hasen provides an excellent overview of the case at his electionlawblog.com
This case could have implications in New York. Depending on how the Court considers and decides this case, New York’s 2010 prisoner reallocation law could be at risk. That law required the removal of state prisoners from prison addresses and reallocated them, whenever possible, to their home census block address prior to incarceration.
Evenwel won’t be heard until sometime later this year (or early next year) and there is no immediate impact. Nationally, anything can happen.
There isn’t much time left in this year’s regular state legislative session, but we want to share the State Board’s legislative priorities for this year. Of particular interest are proposals to eliminate the party logo on the ballot (to make room for more information, helping ballot design), exempting election workers from jury duty and eliminating candidate addresses from certain election materials for security purposes.
The memo can be accessed here: