Monthly Archives: May 2015

Census Bureau Agrees to Change East Garden City Back to Uniondale

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. 

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Sanders Faces N.Y.Primary Obstacle

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.

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Advocates Push For LLC Loophole Closing Legislation Today

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

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Judge Rules Against Former Brookhaven Councilman On Legal Costs

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.”

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Attorney General Schneiderman To Introduce Campaign Contribution And Ethics Legislation

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.”

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U.S. Supreme Court To Hear One Person, One Vote Challenge

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.

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NYS Board Of Elections Legislative Priorities

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:

2015 Election Law Proposals

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