Monthly Archives: June 2017

Albany Takes A Wary View Of Con Con

In NY State of Politics, Nick Reisman covers Governor Cuomo’s recent comments at a press conference on the constitutional convention question: “(A)dd Gov. Andrew Cuomo to those skeptical of a constitutional convention.

On Thursday, Cuomo said at a news conference he thinks “the devil’s going to be in the details” when it comes to the structure of the convention.

“Who are the delegates? Who would control it? What are the issues? I think that’s what New Yorkers want to know,” he said.

“If the convention is going to be run by the people who currently run the government, then I would say the purpose of the convention is basically defeated.”

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New York Won’t Comply With White House Voter-Data Request

In the Times Union, Matthew Hamilton reports that “New York will not comply with a request from a White House commission investigating voter fraud for all 50 states to provide all publicly available voter roll data by mid-July, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.”

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State Election Board To Nassau: Follow The Law

In Newsday, Celeste Hadrick reports  “(t)he New York State Board of Elections reached out to the Nassau elections board Thursday to tell it to follow the law.

The Nassau board, with a budget of more than $19 million and upward of 150 employees to maintain voter registration information and manage elections, has not been compiling a canvass of primary election returns as required by state law.”

According to the Hadrick, “Newsday requested committee member lists for the Republican, Democratic and Independence parties after Uniondale community activist Terenna Williams, a Democrat who formerly worked at the board, complained to a reporter that the Nassau board had refused her request for a list of Democratic committee members.”

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NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee To Meet June 28

The next public meeting of the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) will be held at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, June 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. The Committee invites the public to come learn about plans for this year’s all-new Candidate Community Forums program.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email to Stewart Armstrong at sarmstrong@nyccfb.info or by phone at 212-409-1841. Please be advised that building security requires all visitors to provide photo identification before entering.

Sign language interpretation is available. Please email sarmstrong@nyccfb.info by the close of business on Tuesday, June 27th, if you plan to attend the meeting and require sign language interpretation.

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Can Hasidic Village Survive Vote Fraud Scandal?

In the Forward, Josh Nathan-Kazis looks into situation in Bloomingburg where “the battle between locals and Orthodox Jewish developers has cast a pall over the place, and now the long-running saga has taken another strange turn with the guilty plea by the builders to fraud.”

Read more: http://forward.com/news/national/374455/can-hasidic-village-survive-vote-fraud-scandal/

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Con Con Supporters: Don’t Fret Convention

Constitutional convention supporters are ramping up efforts. Today, Nick Reisman reports in State of Politics on the GOP Assembly Minority Leader, Brian Kolb: “(t)he potential for change can often inspire fear, especially for those whose entrenched power may be affected by a reform-minded public,” wrote Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb in a legislative column. “Scare tactics by convention opponents portray it as a threat to many important policies and programs.”

At the SUNY Rockefeller Institute’s website, Peter Galie and Christopher Bobpst posted an article taking a hard look at who the “insiders” really are -and aren’t.

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Reach Of WNY Elections Complaint Could Still Be Broadening

In State Of  Politics, Ryan Whelan reports: “(t)he elections complaints filed by Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant and two others in 2013 have already proven to have long legs. The complaints, alleging illegal coordination against the political committee WNY Progressive Caucus, started at the Erie County Board of Elections but eventually found their way to the New York State Attorney General’s office.”

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Goldfeder: No to NYC Bar Constitutional Convention Report

Read attorney Jerry Goldfeder’s letter to the New York Law Journal challenging the NYC Bar’s recommendation’s here .

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NY City Bar Association Backs Con Con

Nick Reisman reports on the NYC Bar Association support of the constitutional convention question: “the Bar Association was acting on the recommendations of a task force assembled on the potential for a convention.

But the report  (linked here) issued by the organization isn’t a full-blown endorsement of the mechanics of the convention itself, which the group called “flawed” even if it can address structural problems in state government.”

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IDC Wants BoE Review Of WFP Poll

In State Of Politics, Nick Reisman posted “The Independent Democratic Conference on Tuesday called for a Board of Elections review of a poll released this week by the Working Families Party that showed majority support for the eight-member bloc to return to the mainline conference.”

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