Matthew Hamilton writes about Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the new Women’s Equality Party in the Times Union.
From the article: “If we’re going to have a Women’s Equality Party, I think it’s good that women are involved,” Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said in a Monday interview on WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom.” “And I think it’s good that we support the broadest possible issues in terms of women’s equality and bolstering our opportunities in this state.”
“Stewart-Cousins was asked specifically about a move by one of her former senators, Cecilia Tkaczyk of Duanesburg, to take over control of the WEP. Stewart-Cousins called Tkaczyk a great senator, but didn’t say much specifically on the former senator’s tactic.”
Following a story first appearing on this blog, Politico New York’s Bill Mahoney has a story why “former senator Cecilia Tkaczyk…is leading an effort to take control of the Women’s Equality Party because she is “making sure women are running it.”
The party was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his successful re-election campaign last year, and gained official party status when he received over 50,000 votes on that line.
The governor signed organizational rules for the W.E.P. in July. Last Friday, Tkaczyk submitted competing rules that made her the party’s chair.”
Remember when Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin campaigned to make New York City the 51st state? Or when proposals to let Staten Island secede from New York City? The Times Union’s Matthew Hamilton take s a look at separating upstate from downstate.
SUNY New Paltz Professor Gerald Benjamin (and fellow at SUNY Buffalo Law) opines:
“It would change the majorities, it would change the dynamics, it would change an awful lot of stuff,” SUNY New Paltz distinguished professor of political science Gerald Benjamin said in an interview last week. “… It depends where you made the cut, but let’s just say you took out the New York metro area … the politics would change. The Republican-Democrat balance would change. There’d be a chance for Republican control of both houses of the Legislature. The downstate area would be entirely Democrat.”
Rick Brand reports in Newsday that GOP attorneys are looking into the cancelled Suffolk County Treasurer’s race. Accoding to Brand, “lawyers from the Nassau firm of Republican election law expert Peter Bee have sought documents from the Suiffolk board of elections over the treasurer’s election, which is now not to be.
Bee declined to comment on the request, but there’s speculation about a legal challenge from GOP treasurer contender Irene D’Abramo, an election worker who had formed a campaign fund and has held a fundraiser event and has another one planned.”
The Albany Times Union looks to a lawsuit filed by Board Of Elections enforcement counsel Risa Sugarman to close the LLC loophole not addressed in this year’s legislative session. The editorial argues that “one of the most outrageous loopholes in New York’s campaign finance system may get closed, no thanks to lawmakers who have milked it for all it’s worth, and no thanks to a state Board of Elections that serves politicians more than the people.”
The editorial explores how “Ms. Sugarman has filed a lawsuit against the campaign of Shirley Paterson, an independent who ran unsuccessfully in a special election in May for the 43rd Assembly District seat in Brooklyn. The suit says Ms. Paterson received donations from two New York City LLCs controlled by the same developer, Kevin Maloney, and totaling $5,000 – $900 more than Mr. Maloney could legally give on his own. It also cites $6,250 in donations from the law office of Benjamin M. Pinczewski, along with $2,500 from Pinczewski and Shpelfogel LLC. In both cases, the suit contends, these LLCs have no “separate legitimate existence” and exist solely to circumvent campaign donation limits.”
The Board of Elections has published the 2016 calendar for the presidential primary. Read it here.
Former Congress Member and Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner weighs in to the feud between Governor Cuomo and Mayor deBlasio with an oped in the NY TIMES. He suggests a constitutional convention as one way to help end future Governor-Mayor fights.
From the oped:
But we no longer live in a time when Albany can say its custodianship is needed because the cities and towns are incompetent or corrupt. There is really no good reason today for a senator in far upstate Oswego to weigh in on a housing incentive deal on 57th Street in Manhattan.
We need to fix this out-of-whack balance of power and return more authority to New York, and to other cities. The most common way to change the state Constitution is for the Legislature to vote and for citizens to ratify the changes. This may work for some matters, but for obvious reasons, it is not a good vehicle for getting Albany to cede control.”