Monthly Archives: November 2016

Senate Democrats Feeling Bullish On Brooks-Venditto Race

For more on the ongoing state senate ballot count on Long Island, read Casey Seiler’s story here.

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Amid National Hacking Concerns, BOE Seeks To Fill Cyber Security Posts

Nick Reisman reports in State Of Politics on today’s Assembly hearing: “New York’s system of collecting, counting and reporting vote totals was almost certainly not breached by a cyber attack on Election Day. But officials at the state Board of Elections say they are constantly fending off potential efforts by cyber criminals to gain access.”

For additional coverage, check out  Casey Seiler’s story in Capitol Confidential.

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Voters Could Approve Effort To Clean Up State Constitution ‘Clutter’

In Politics NY, Bill Mahoney discusses the important issue of reforming the state constitution:

“Next year, New York’s voters will decide whether or not to hold a state constitutional convention, which means they will be deciding what to do about a document that is littered with anachronisms, oddities and meaningless language.

For example: A section on the elimination of railroad grade crossings gives details about bonds that were retired three decades ago. Another section details how the state will go about funding bonuses for World War II veterans. And yet another section on municipal debt contains language referring to bonds issued before 1910 by New York City for dock improvements.”

The article is based, in part, on research work by Peter Galie and Christopher Bopst who published articles on the constitution in the Albany Law Review and co-author a book to be published by SUNY Press next month on the constitution (note- I am the co-author on a chapter on redistricting).

 

 

 

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Amid Recount Push, Assembly To Assess Election Security

State of Politics reports of a hearing by the Assembly Election Committee today “on the security and integrity of elections in New York amid concerns of foreign hacking of voter registration rolls.

The hearing also comes as former Green Party candidate Jill Stein is launching recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — swing states won by Republican Donald Trump.”

According to as Assembly hearing notice, “this hearing will examine the condition of New York State’s election infrastructure with a specific focus on the measures in place to protect the integrity of the system against cyberinfiltration or attack, whether additional Federal assistance may be necessary, and the state budget implications of ensuring the security of the state’s election systems. ”

Details: Hearing Room B in the Legislative Office Building at 10:30 AM.

 

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SD-8: Vote Count Narrows

Rick Reisman provides an update on the vote count in State Of Politics: “Republican incumbent Michael Venditto’s lead in the 8th Senate district has narrowed to 9 votes over Democrat John Brooks after counting in the too-close-to-call Long Island race continued on Monday.”

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Count Carefully And Count By Hand In Close Elections

The New York Daily News editorializes on the “absolute need for certainty in election results, as we now see. No, we are talking not about the impossible chances of some combination of multiple statewide recounts putting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, but about last week’s guilty plea in Bronx Supreme Court of Hector Ramirez for criminally manipulating absentee ballots in his 2014 Democratic Assembly primary.”

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SD-8: Ballot Counting Resumes

Nick Reisman updates in State of Politics: “ballot counting will resume later today in the 8th Senate district, one of two state Senate races that remain too-close-to-call.

As of last week, Republican incumbent Michael Venditto held a 404-vote count lead over his Democratic challenger John Brooks.”

There is a separate ballot count continuing in the neighboring Marcellino-Gaughran race as well.

 

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NY City Council Hears Legislative Package On Conflicts Of Interest & Campaign Finance

In Gotham Gazette, Samar Khurshid reports “the City Council heard testimony Monday on a broad package of bills that would prevent conflicts of interest between elected officials and political nonprofits, limit the electoral influence of those who do business with the city, and make it easier for first-time candidates to navigate the city’s campaign finance system.”

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Dems Vote To Replace Elections Official Who Claimed Voter Fraud Rampant In NYC

The Observer’s Madina Toure reports “The Manhattan Democratic Party convened an emergency meeting today to nominate a replacement for New York City Board of Elections Commissioner Alan Schulkin, who rocketed to prominence when a conservative nonprofit caught him on hidden camera alleging voter fraud is rampant in New York City’s minority neighborhoods.”

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De Blasio Appeals For Support In Pushing Albany On Voting Reform

Citizens Union sponsored a half day seminar Friday at New York Law School to discuss ways of improving voting in New York. The event was keynoted by Mayor Bill deBlasio who talked about the need for change in Albany. From a report by Samar Khurshid in Gotham Gazette:

“De Blasio is calling for same-day voter registration, early voting, electronic poll-books, and other reforms, including wholesale restructuring of the state law that governs the city Board of Elections. Promising to push state lawmakers in the coming months, de Blasio told the crowd that the status quo is not working. “Now we have to take this battle to Albany, once and for all. And I hope you will join me in that,” he said.”

Papers and other materials from the seminar will be posted on this site when they are available.

 

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