Monthly Archives: February 2016

NYC Pols Want To Shame Eligible Voters With ‘Voter History’ Card

Jennifer Fermino reports in the Daily News that NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres  wants the NYC Board of Elections to be required to “send all eligible voters in the five boroughs a “voter history” card that will tell people how many elections they’ve missed in the past four years under a new bill being considered in the City Council.”

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Michael Benjamin: Disappointing Bronx Special Election Turnout

Former State Assembly Member Michael Benjamin considers the low voter turnout in this past Tuesday’s special election in the New York City Council 17th district. From the article:

“Many local voters take pride in voting in presidential elections, then gripe when they don’t get a responsive local government. The City Council is where the rubber meets the road. Council District 17 voters know far more about Hillary, Bernie and Trump than they know about the person just elected to ensure that their garbage is picked up, police patrol their streets, firefighters put out fires, EMS save lives and that new construction includes affordable housing for low-income individuals. Voters should want to know and elect an effective council member.”

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Breaking News: Ted Cruz NY Challenge Moving Forward

Last week, we published reports that  the New York State Board of Elections was served with the first lawsuit challenging the qualifications of Ted Cruz to appear on the presidential primary ballot. The  justice who signed the order to show cause changed the venue from New York County to Albany County. Now, Albany State Supreme Court Justice David Weinstein will hear the challenge.

Reports indicate that the new judge has directed the State Board to answer the petition by 5:00 tomorrow. The Korman and Gallo petitioners   must  reply by Monday morning with oral argument next  Tuesday morning.

The State Board has until tomorrow morning to indicate whether it objects to joining Ted Cruz as a respondent.

More details to follow as they become available.

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Board of Elections Proposes Independent Expenditure Rules

Chris Bragg reports in the Times Union on the State Board Of Elections effort to regulate independent expenditure committees.

“Douglas Kellner, the Democratic co-chair of the Board of Elections, said in an email that he was “not aware of any particular issue of disagreement, but everyone is being careful to reconcile the differences between various models we are looking at, including the federal and New York City regulations, as well as regulations adopted in other states.”

The regulations include proposed rules for labor unions and other membership organizations, which are exempt from some aspects of disclosure of spending targeted to their own memberships.”

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BOE Commissioner: Enforcement Counsel Has 170 Cases

Nick Reisman reports on State Board Of Elections Commissioner Andy Spano’s intrrview with Bill Samuels on yesterday’s Effective NY redio show. From the interview:

“About 170 cases are under review by the independent enforcement counsel at the state Board of Elections.”

“Spano, a former Westchester county executive, was appointed as a Democratic In the interview, Spano defended the Board of Elections after commissioners were grilled by the Moreland Commission over whether it was adequately overseeing election law violations, saying that before the enforcement counsel post was created, the staff wasn’t there to go after the incorrect or potentially illegal filings.”

“Now when the Moreland Commission did their fact-finding or whatever they did on the Board of Elections, a lot of it was true, but a lot of it was unfair, okay?” Spano said. “First of all, they didn’t have the staff to do this. We had, I don’t know, how many judgments were out there—oh, thousands—where we already had the judgments but we couldn’t get any money from anywhere. We couldn’t go after anybody. Now we go after everybody.”

 

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Orthodox Vote Lawsuit Featured Today on Capitol Pressroom” Radio

At 11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy on an upcoming hearing on e-waste, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance’s Tom Stebbins on the Scaffold Law, congressional candidate Will Yandik, and Michael Fragin of Bloomingburg Jewish Community on a voting rights challenge, WCNY.

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Specter Of Corruption Hangs Over Special Elections For Legislature

In the New York Times, Vivian Yee takes  a look at the upcoming special elections to replace recently convicted legislators, including Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. From the article:

“From the day the men were convicted on corruption charges and stripped of their caramel leather seats in the State Legislature, it seemed safe to assume that the special elections to replace Sheldon Silver and Dean G. Skelos would come down to which of their would-be successors could offer the greatest contrast to the two politicians.

For Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat who is seeking the seat held by Mr. Skelos, a Republican and the former Senate majority leader who was convicted on federal corruption charges in December, there had never been a better moment to be a former federal corruption prosecutor. “Albany urgently needs new, honest leadership,” Mr. Kaminsky said,accepting the nomination last month.”

 

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