Monthly Archives: July 2017

Abolish The State Legislature: Focus A Constitutional Convention On Addressing The Root Cause Of New York State’s Dysfunction

Attorney Richard Emery makes the argument for a constitutional convention based on scrapping the Assembly and Senate and replacing it with a House of Delegates:

“New Yorkers who’ve been failed over the decades by the politicians who claim to represent us finally have a way to cure our ills. This November, a vote in favor of a constitutional convention gives us the chance not just to reform the system around the edges, but to eliminate the state Legislature.

That’s right: abolish this cancer in Albany that blights our democracy by choosing its voters rather than we choosing our representatives; that wastes our taxes on profligate, duplicative government; that feeds its contributors at the expense of the poor, homeless and uneducated; and, too often, slimes itself in corruption.”

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Paul Vallone Accused Of Using Illegal Signatures On Petition

Michael Gartland reports in the NY Post that election attorney Martin Connor is representing a challenger to City Council Member Paul Vallon’e signatures:

“Democratic challenger Paul Graziano claimed in a legal petition filed in Queens Supreme Court last week that there are enough problem signatures on Vallone’s petition to render it “invalid.”

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Democratic Activists Push For More Control Of Party’s Finances

In Politico, Bill Mahoney reports “(a)ctivists within New York’s Democratic Party are pushing to have a greater say in how the party spends its money in future elections.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeatedly has proven to be one of the most adroit fundraisers in the country. But since he effectively took control of the state’s Democratic apparatus seven years ago, the party has put up relatively anemic fundraising numbers, at least compared to his own and Democrats in other states. And when the party has mounted significant fundraising drives, the money often has gone to benefit Cuomo’s agenda.”

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NYC Campaign Finance Board Meets August 3rd

Press release: The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) will be held on Thursday, August 3, at 2:00 PM. 

The meeting will be 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 the public meeting, please RSVP by email to press@nyccfb.info. Building security requires all visitors to provide photo identification before entering.

Sign language interpretation and other accessibility accommodations are available. Please email access@nyccfb.info by the close of business on Tuesday, August 1, if you plan to attend the meeting and require sign language interpretation or other accessibility accommodations.

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NYC CFB Votes on 2013 Campaign Enforcement Matters

Press release:

At today’s regularly scheduled meeting, the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) determined that three campaigns from the 2013 citywide election cycle committed violations and assessed penalties for those violations.

The Board determined that one campaign is required to repay public funds, and one campaign is eligible to receive a post-election funds payment. Refer to the charts below for details on these determinations.

Additionally, the Board granted a petition for extraordinary circumstance in Council District 28, allowing candidates to file certifications in the matching funds program.

Chairman Frederick Schaffer delivered the following remarks at the meeting:

“Next week, the Board will make the first public funds payments in the 2017 elections. For participating candidates who qualify, contributions from New York City residents are matched at a 6-to-1 rate. The match applies to the first one hundred seventy five dollars, so each city resident’s contribution could be worth a maximum of $1,050 in public funds.

The public matching funds encourage candidates to raise small-dollar contributions in their neighborhoods. This limits the influence of large contributions from special interests and ensure that candidates better understand and address the diverse interests and needs of everyday New Yorkers.

In order to receive public matching funds, candidates must meet a fundraising threshold to show they have public support, and follow the rules of the program. This includes attending at least one training session. CFB staff have held trainings for candidates and campaigns staff regularly since 2014. And Monday, August 7th will be the last day for candidates to attend these mandatory training sessions for the 2017 election cycle.”

Violations and Penalties
(for details, follow the link in the Total Penalties column)

Candidate (Election Cycle) Office Alleged Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Joseph Hayon
(2013)

Public Funds Received: $23,100

City Council (District #44) 1. Failing to report transactions $99 $5,786
2. Failing to demonstrate compliance with reporting requirements for disbursements $500
3. Filing a late disclosure statement $50
4. Accepting a contribution from a corporation $1,350
5. Failing to document a transaction No penalty
6. Failing to demonstrate that spending was in furtherance of the campaign $977
7. Failing to respond to the Initial Documentation Request and filing a late response to the Draft Audit Report $2,810

 

Candidate (Election Cycle) Office Alleged Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Mark Weprin
(2013)

Public Funds Received: $0
(Non-Participant)

City Council (District #23) 1. Accepting over-the-limit contributions from two contributors doing business with the city $250 $996
2. Accepting a contribution from a limited liability company $125
3. Failure to demonstrate compliance with intermediary reporting and documentation requirements $100
4. Making a cash expenditure greater than $100 $50
5. Late response to the Initial Documentation Request $471

 

Candidate (Election Cycle) Office Alleged Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Mercedes Narcisse
(2013)

Public Funds Received: $0

City Council (District #46) 1. Failing to report a merchant account used for campaign purposes $50 $10,997
2. Failing to provide bank statements $500
3. Failing to report transactions $872
4. Failing to demonstrate compliance with cash receipts reporting and documentation requirements $960
5. Failing to demonstrate compliance with reporting requirements for disbursements No penalty
6. Filing late disclosure statements $875
7. Accepting over-the-limit contributions $1,650
8. Accepting an in-kind contribution from a corporation $125
9. Accepting contributions from unregistered political committees $250
10. Failing to document basic campaign functions $500
11. Failing to document transactions $300
12. Failing to demonstrate compliance with intermediary reporting and documentation requirements $200
13. Failing to demonstrate that spending was in furtherance of the campaign $2,549
14. Failing to respond to the Initial Documentation Request, and an audit request $2,166
Public Funds Repayment
Candidate (Election Cycle) Public Funds Received Public Funds Repayment
Joseph Hayon (2013)
City Council (District #44)
$23,100 $19,859
 Post-Election Public Funds Payment
Candidate (Election Cycle) Public Funds Received Public Funds Payment
Mercedes Narcisse
(2013)
City Council (District #46)
$0 $1,648

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Archived video of today’s meeting and hearing is available at www.nyccfb.info/live.

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Editorial: New York’s Unlevel Field

From an Albany Times Union editorial on the need to improve voter turnout: “(t)here’s no lack of suggestions on what could be done to improve turnout: early voting over multiple days; voting by mail; “no excuse” absentee ballot voting rather than the current system that allows it only for certain reasons; improving poll accessibility for people with disabilities; and having more poll workers and voting machines to reduce lines.

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New York Expands Access To Voter Registration Forms

In the Times Union, Matthew Hamilton writes “Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered state agencies to make voter registration forms available to the public and offer assistance in filling them out in an effort to boost participation in elections.

An executive order the governor signed Monday requires agencies to mail or provide electronic voter registration forms to any member of the public whose contact information is on file. Previously, only the state Department of Motor Vehicles and certain social service agencies provided voter registration forms.”

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