Monthly Archives: July 2015

Nassau Gets $2 Million To Switch From Lever To Optical Voting Machines

Sid Cassese reports in Newsday that Nassau County will receive $2 million from the state to help transition from old lever voting machines to optical scanning machines for use in special district elections beginning next year. Nassau will receive these funds because of financial difficulties and the myriad number of of small special voting districts.

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Nassau Democratic War: Michael Zapson Zaps Jay Jacobs With Petitions

In another Newsday story running this evening, Celeste Hadrick filed a story informing that “Long Beach Democratic Party chairman Michael Zapson has filed nominating petitions for 120 Democratic committee slots along Nassau County’s South Shore in a power struggle with county Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs, who has called for Zapson to resign.”

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Nassau and Long Beach Democrats Take Fight To Court

Newsday’s John Asbury picks up on the court battle between the Long Beach Democratic City Democrats and the county Democratic organization where the county wants to remove local leaders from their positions. Hearings are scheduled in state Supreme Court beginning on Tuesday.

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Albany County Residents Deserve A Better Charter

In a letter to the Editor of the Albany Times Union, members of the League of Women Voters write about the shortcomings in the proposed Albany County Charter revisions. The writers are disappointed that an independent commission will be not be created as well as leaving it to the legislators to decide the size of the chamber membership every ten years.

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NY Bar Association Looks To Constitutional Convention

Nick Reisman reports in State of Politics “the New York State Bar Association is forming a committee to study the state constitution”in advance of the 2017 referendum for a constitutional convention,

“Although a referendum is more than two years away, the State Bar Association wants to be prepared to contribute to public understanding about how the state Constitution affects the lives of 19 million New Yorkers,” Bar Association President David Miranda said.

The bar association’s committee is being led by Hank Greenberg of the prominent lobbying shop and law firm, Greenberg Traurig.

Other committee members are:

• Past State Bar President Mark H. Alcott of New York City (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &     Garrison);
• Justice Cheryl E. Chambers of New York City  (Appellate Division, Second Department);
• Former Court of Appeals Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick of New York City (Greenberg & Traurig);
• Linda Jane Clark of Albany (Barclay Damon);
• David L. Cohen of New York City (Law Office of David L. Cohen);
• John R. Dunne of Albany (Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna);
• Hermes Fernandez of Albany (Bond, Schoeneck & King);
• Margaret J. Finerty of New York City (Getnick & Getnick);
• Mark F. Glaser of Albany (Greenberg Traurig);
• Former Court of Appeals Judge Victoria Graffeo of Albany (Harris Beach);
• Peter J. Kiernan of New York City (Schiff Hardin);
• Dean Eric Lane of Hempstead (Hofstra University School of Law);
• Past State Bar President A. Thomas Levin of Garden City (Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein);
• Justine M. Luongo of New York City (Legal Aid Society of New York);
• John M. Nonna of New York City (Squire Patton Boggs);
• Joseph B. Porter of Albany (Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, State University of New York);
• Andrea Carapella Rendo of Mount Kisco (Wallach & Rendo);
• Sandra Rivera of Albany (Law Office of Sandra Rivera);
• Professor Nicholas Adams Robinson of Sleepy Hollow (Pace University Law School);
• Alan Rothstein of New York City (liaison to the New York City Bar Association committee on state Constitution);
• Administrative Judge Alan D. Scheinkman of White Plains (New York State Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District);
• Justice John W. Sweeney, Jr. of New York City (Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, First Department);
• Claiborne Ellis Walthall of Albany (Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna);
• Past State Bar President G. Robert Witmer, Jr. of Rochester (Nixon Peabody); and
• Past State Bar President Stephen P. Younger of New York City (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler).

State Bar President Miranda discusses the state Constitution in a brief video, which can be viewed athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=749A7zSxJQg.

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Lawsuit Filed in Long Beach Over Candidates

After a series of local media articles ran discussing the fight between Nassau Democratic Chair Jay Jacobs and Long Beach City Chair Michael Zapson  (including the Long  Island Herald and Newsday), action appears to be moving to state Supreme Court where lawyers for a large number of plaintiffs (from Long Beach and elsewhere) is challenging most  current Long Beach City Democratic County Committee members.

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A Lack Of Transparency For Political Clubs

Newsday’s Joye Brown discusses how local  Nassau County political clubs have failed to file required finance reports with the State Board of Elections and that nobody really noticed- until now.

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Nassau District Attorney’s Office Subpoenas Campaign Records Of 10 Political Clubs

Laura Figueroa reports that “the Nassau district attorney’s office subpoenaed county Board of Elections officials Wednesday requesting campaign finance documents for 10 Nassau GOP clubs over the past decade, according to a copy of the subpoena obtained by Newsday.

The subpoena, signed by Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, came after Newsday reported Tuesday that eight Nassau GOP clubs violated state election law by not filing campaign finance disclosures with the state Board of Elections since 2006.”

Singas is running as a candidate for Nassau District Attorney this year as a Democrat. She may face a September primary.

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Nassau Judge Says Disputed Trustee Race In Old Westbury Is A Tie

Another breaking story from Newsday today reports that “the results of a disputed village race in Old Westbury indicate a tie, according to a judge’s ruling issued Thursday.

Two challengers, running as write-ins, unseated trustees in the June 16 election. A third race originally had incumbent trustee Andrew Weinberg leading write-in challenger Leslie Fastenberg by three votes, 177-174, village officials reported last month.”

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Harris Beach Lawyer Didn’t Play Role In Hempstead School Election, Attorney Says

From Newsday:  Attorney Fred Brewington maintains volunteer Keith Corbett did nothing wrong after an accusation of saying he had a state Supreme Court Justice on the phone who was prepared to stop balloting on May 19 during an election for Hempstead Village School Board. Corbett, an attorney at Harris Beach, was unfairly targeted by the school district, according to a memorandum Brewington sent to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

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