In Capitol Confidential, Matthew Hamilton reports that Governor Cuomo will set May 23 as the date for a special election to “fill a Harlem state Senate seat and a Long Island Assembly seat, it was announced at a meeting of his cabinet Tuesday. Both were vacated early this year after former Sen. Bill Perkins, a Democrat, was elected to the New York City Council and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, a Republican, was appointed supervisor of the Town of Oyster Bay on Long Island.”
Monthly Archives: February 2017
Matthew Hamilton reports on the results of a poll on whether voters support the call for a Constitutional Convention this November. From the Times Union report: “voters are on board with holding a constitutional convention — even if nobody is saying much about voting this year to hold one.
A Siena College poll released Monday shows that 63 percent of registered voters statewide support holding a convention, at which delegates elected by the people propose changes to the state Constitution that then need to be ratified by the voters.”
The next public meeting of the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) will be held at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, February 28th, in the Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. Board Room of the CFB’s office in Lower Manhattan, at 100 Church Street, on the 12th Floor.
If you plan to attend and speak, or to submit written testimony, please RSVP by email to Sabrina Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 212-409-1843. Please be advised that building security requires all visitors to provide photo identification before entering.
Sign language interpretation is available. Please email email@example.com by the close of business on Monday, February 27th, if you plan to attend the meeting and require sign language interpretation.
Lawyer Cleared Of 1997 Voter fraud Conviction Plans To Sue Ex-Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes For $25 Million
“The first New Yorker prosecuted for voter fraud since Susan B. Anthony in 1873” plans “a $25 million malicious prosecution suit against (Brooklyn) ex-prosecutor Charles J. Hynes,” according to a NY Daily News story by Christina Carrega and Larry McShane. John O’Hara, “a political activist, was indicted for voter fraud when he was sharing an apartment with his then-girlfriend while still holding onto his own rent-stabilized residence.”
The Albany Times Union’s Matthew Hamilton reports today “State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday that there was not a single substantiated claim of voter fraud in New York last year.”
Amy Loprest takes a look at a number of reforms New York could make to modernize elections in Gotham Gazette, writing “some states are making strides to update their technology to get more eligible citizens onto the voter rolls and to keep the rolls accurate, but New York’s system is woefully out-of-date. Our paper-based system leads to typos, names missing from the poll books, and other errors which prevent eligible voters from casting a ballot that counts. Even worse, hundreds of thousands of voters have been illegally purged from the rolls, stripping those New Yorkers of their voting rights.”
State of Politics reports “An eight-month legal saga involving Western New York Tea Party activist Rus Thompson appears to have been resolved relatively painlessly Thursday morning. Thompson, facing felony voter fraud charges, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of offering a false instrument for filing. His attorney said he’s not likely to face any prison time as a result.”