Monthly Archives: August 2017

Sugarman Seeks To Rein In IDC Campaign Arms

In the Times Union, from Chris Bragg:

“Board of Elections chief enforcement counsel Risa Sugarman filed a lawsuit earlier this month seeking to curb campaign fundraising committees set up by the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, court filings show.

If Sugarman is successful, the lawsuit could have consequences for the 2018 elections, when a number of IDC members, who broke away from mainline Democrats in 2011 and have aligned with Republicans, may face primaries inspired by the election of President Donald Trump.”

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Officials Scramble To Ensure All New Yorkers Get Counted In Census

Joe Mahoney looks at critical state and local efforts to get ready for Census 2020:

“It’s very important to make the case that getting a good, accurate, complete count is everybody’s business, not just the federal government’s,” said Warren Brown, the research director at the New York Census Research Data Center, based at Cornell University.

The first phase of the next census has already begun. Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau invited some 39,000 state, local and tribal governments to participate in developing a complete and accurate data base of home addresses. The bureaucrats have dubbed that project “LUCA” — Local Update of Census Addresses.”

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Convention Opponents Assail ‘Special Interests’ While Spending Big Bucks

In NY Politico, Bill Mahoney reports “(we)ll-funded special interests and their lobbyists have already joined forces and are ready to spend millions in support of this referendum,” reads a claim from New Yorkers Against Corruption, a blanket coalition of groups that are opposing the vote.

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NYC Campaign Finance Board Issues Public Funds Payments in 2017 Elections

September 17 Press Release:
At today’s public meeting, the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) approved public funds payments in the 2017 elections totaling $1,361,289 to 39 candidates who qualified for the matching funds program. In addition to the payments approved on August 3rd, the Board has now approved payments totaling $8,107,725 to 70 qualifying candidates.

New York City’s matching funds program provides participating candidates with public funds at a rate of $6-to-$1 for the first $175 contributed by city residents, for a maximum of $1,050 in public funds per contributor. Details of the public funds payments are available in the tables below.

“Public matching funds have defined city elections for nearly 30 years as an important investment in our political process,” said Frederick Schaffer, Chair of the CFB. “As proven in each local election cycle since 1989, public financing encourages candidates to raise small-dollar contributions from within their neighborhoods.”

The Board Authorized Public Funds Payments to the Following Candidates:

Name Office Public Funds Payment
Bill de Blasio Mayor $66,832
Jorge Vasquez City Council (#2) $66,679
Vanessa Aronson City Council (#4) $75,109
Rachel Honig City Council (#4) $1,786
Jeffrey Mailman City Council (#4) $3,665
Bessie Schachter City Council (#4) $3,961
Benjamin Kallos City Council (#5) $23,774
Cary Goodman City Council (#6) $2,707
Mel Wymore City Council (#6) $95,095
Thomas Lopez-Pierre City Council (#7) $997
Robert Rodriguez City Council (#8) $91,770
Tyson-Lord Gray City Council (#9) $35,283
Marvin Holland City Council (#9) $23,774
Bill Perkins City Council (#9) $7,267
Pamela Hamilton-Johnson City Council (#12) $32,792
Randy Abreu City Council (#14) $11,611
Felix Perdomo City Council (#14) $11,480
Helen Hines City Council (#17) $1,539
Michael Beltzer City Council (#18) $3,847
Amanda Farias City Council (#18) $95,095
Paul Graziano City Council (#19) $3,325
Francisco Moya City Council (#21) $95,095
Mohammad Rahman City Council (#24) $13,418
I. Daneek Miller City Council (#27) $23,774
Michael Scala City Council (#32) $712
Helal Sheikh City Council (#32) $88,606
Tommy Torres City Council (#34) $11,628
Ede Fox City Council (#35) $47
Carlos Menchaca City Council (#38) $2,375
Felix Ortiz City Council (#38) $47
Delvis Valdes City Council (#38) $23,774
Pia Raymond City Council (#40) $74,533
Alicka Ampry-Samuel City Council (#41) $14,677
Deidre Olivera City Council (#41) $44,876
Cory Provost City Council (#41) $83,197
Inez Barron City Council (#42) $10,545
Robert Capano City Council (#43) $79,743
Vincenzo Chirico City Council (#43) $84,132
Marat Filler City Council (#48) $51,722
All Candidates All Offices $1,361,289

Total Funds Paid to Candidates To Date:
(By City Council District)

City Council District Total Funds Paid
1 $213,964
2 $256,869
4 $542,377
5 $23,774
6 $224,800
7 $89,233
8 $186,865
9 $156,994
12 $32,792
13 $189,952
14 $140,630
17 $33,772
18 $261,316
19 $190,190
20 $95,095
21 $95,095
24 $76,483
27 $23,774
28 $190,190
30 $95,095
32 $125,234
34 $167,881
35 $190,189
38 $212,464
40 $74,533
41 $311,244
42 $55,632
43 $733,732
48 $74,783
49 $190,190
All Districts $5,255,142
Archived video of today’s meeting will be available at www.nyccfb.info/live.

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Suit Wants Constitutional Convention To Be On Front Of Ballot

In Newsday, Michael Gormley reports on con con advocate Evan Davis’ effort  “to move this November’s referendum on whether to have a constitutional convention to the front page of the ballot where it can’t be as easily be missed by voters.”

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How To Register To Vote In The NY Primary, Even If You Are Homeless

In the Brooklyn Eagle, Mary Frost informs us that "You must register as a member of a political party, however, to vote in your party’s primary elections. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Friday, Aug. 18 — a date easily overlooked during the summer fun season.
If you’re not registered yet, you can download a registration form from the Board of Election’s (BOE) website, pick one up at your local BOE office or call 866-VOTE-NYC to request one by mail. You can submit the form to BOE in person or by mail, but it must be by the deadline. The BOE’s website is www.nyccfb.org/nyc-votes/registering."http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/8/9/how-register-vote-upcoming-nyc-primary-even-if-you%E2%80%99re-homeless

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Will Political Clubs Face New Scrutiny?

In State Of Politics, Nick Reisman takes a look at whether “(p)olitical clubs could face a new level of unwanted attention this election season as the organization linked to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver comes under fire from Manhattan activists.”

Many political clubs may have failed to file proper records with the State Board of Elections.

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