Monthly Archives: March 2017

Times Union: Cronies with benefits

In an editorial, the Albany Times Union takes a look at how candidates with cross party endorsements often provide legislative jobs for campaign workers from the minor parties supporting them.  This practice could end through a constitutional amendment via a convention.

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NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee Meets On Monday

From a press release:

The next public meeting of the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) will be held at 5:30 PM on Monday, March 27th, 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 scastillo@nyccfb.info 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 scastillo@nyccfb.info by the close of business on Friday, March 24th, if you plan to attend the meeting and require sign language interpretation. 

NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and its Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC). In addition to promoting voter registration, participation, and civic engagement in New York City through its many programs and partnerships, NYC Votes sponsors the city’s official Debate Program and produces the citywide Voter Guide.

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Cuomo Punts Voting Reform To ‘After the Budget’

Ben Max and Rachel Silberstein take a look the possibilities for election law reform in the Gotham Gazette, writing that “Governor Andrew Cuomo all but confirmed Tuesday that major voting reforms he’s proposed would not be part of the new state budget, which is due by April 1.”

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NYS Board Of Elections Releases 2017 Legislative Priorities

The New York State Board of Elections agreed to a 2017 NYSBOE legislative agenda  on March 13th.  Thirteen of the twenty-two proposals are carried forward from 2016 and nine new items are provided for consideration.

A copy of the agenda can be read here:2017 NYSBOE Legislative Packet FINAL

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Tonight: How To Get On The Ballot In NYC

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

42 West 44 Street, Manhattan

Description:
This program will feature several respected election lawyers, as well as members from the Board of Elections and the Campaign Finance Board who will speak about the process by which a person who wants to run for office can do so. It will provide an overview of what is sometimes an intimidating process, break it down to basics, and provide attendees with an understanding of what is necessary to run for office in New York City.

Speakers will cover topics ranging from evaluating for which offices you are qualified to run, the mechanics of petitioning, the administrative process of filing and defending your petitions at the Board of Elections, an overview of why and how petitions wind up as the subject of court battles, and what happens when they do. There will also be information on a candidate’s responsibility to comply with Campaign Finance law, and a review of best practices for setting yourself up for a successful experience with those filings.

Speakers:
Martin E. Connor, Private Election Law practitioner; Former NYS Senate Minority Leader
Sarah K. Steiner, Private Election Law practitioner
Raphael Savino, Deputy General Counsel, Board of Elections in the City of New York
Matt Sollars, Director of Public Relations, Campaign Finance Board
Dan Cho, Director of Candidates Services, Campaign Finance Board

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Election Law Committee, Martin E. Connor, Chair

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New Yorkers Who Don’t Vote Would Pay $10 Fine Under Assemblywoman’s Bill

Manhattan Assembly Member Deborah Glick has introduced legislation that would penalize New Yorkers who fail to vote with a $10 fine. As reported by Glenn Blain in the NY Daily News, “under Glick’s bill, any eligible voter who fails to vote would be hit with the $10 fine unless they have a “valid excuse” why they couldn’t do so. The legislation does not specify what constitutes a valid excuse.”

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De Blasio Proves That Some Laws Are Made To Be Unbreakable

Jim Dwyer provides the best followup overview of the decision by state and federal prosecutors to drop investigations into Mayor deBlasio’s campaign efforts. He writes in the New York Times “money was not given directly to candidates, but to party committees, which can receive bigger piles of cash. Those committees could then legally transfer the inflated donations to candidates.”

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