Monthly Archives: October 2017

NYC Board Of Elections Admits It Broke The Law, Accepts Reforms

Brigid Bergin reports on WNYC:

“The New York City Board of Elections is admitting it broke state and federal law when it improperly removed voters from the rolls ahead of the presidential primary last spring, including more than 117,000 voters in Brooklyn.

That’s according to a draft consent decree announced Tuesday— nearly a year after the Board was sued in federal court for violating the National Voter Registration Act and state election law.

The Brooklyn voter purge was first reported by WNYC just days before last spring’s primary election.

As a part of the settlement, the Board agreed to a series of remedial measures that will be in place at least through the next presidential election, November 2020 — pending court approval. The deal restores the rights of improperly purged voters and establishes a comprehensive plan to prevent illegal voter purges in future elections.”

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Fixing Government From The Ground Up: Say No To A Constitutional Convention & Focus On Local Reform

Jerry Goldfeder writes again on the con con in the NY Daily News. His most recent column opposing the convention focuses on changing local New York City laws and other local laws:  ” … New York City voters can vote against the con con and still reform our government. All 62 cities in the state have the authority under the Municipal Home Rule Law to enact reforms by amending their City Charters.”

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NYCLU Weighs In On Con Con

In an oped penned for the NY Daily News, NY Civil Liberties Union Director Donna Lieberman writes in opposition to the constitutional convention: “Once delegates get to work, they can make up whatever convention rules they want. There is no limit to the changes delegates can propose, no guide for how they submit them to the voters, and no requirement for transparency or public oversight.In addition, the delegates are likely to be loyalists from each district’s dominant political party. In 1967, the last time New York held a convention, most delegates were political players — incumbent or former representatives. Any notion that those running the convention would be representative of “the people” is sheer fantasy.”

The entire article can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2yGo9oS

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Constitutional Convention Supporters Go All ‘Hamilton’ With Music Video

Matthew Hamilton reports in the Times Union that “Forward March NY, a group formed out of the Women’s March movement, has released a new music video boosting the upcoming con-con vote to the tune of “My Shot” from the musical “Hamilton.”

On a technical note, the last constitutional convention was not comprised of all white males as the video informs.

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Judges: Vote No On Con Con

As reported by Nick Reisman in Capitol Tonight, an New York State judges  has come out against the con con:

“After thoroughly reviewing the issue, the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York has determined that a state Constitutional Convention is unnecessary, would be overly costly, and could result in the reversion, elimination or diminution of many current constitutional rights and safeguards,” said Justice Deborah Dowling, the group’s president.

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Constitutional Law And Government Professors Support ConCon

In the Times Union, Rick Karlin provides a copy of a letter supporting the con con signed by 30 law and government professors. The effort was led by SUNY New Paltz Professor Gerald Benjamin,

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Myths and Realities Of A Constitutional Convention

The NY Daily News and Newsday  weigh in on the con con.

From Newsday: “(o)pponents of a convention are flooding the zone with political advertising. Some of their arguments are erroneous. Most are based on fear — the fear of the unknown. No one knows for sure what would happen in a constitutional convention, they say. And they’re right.

They prefer no change to the status quo, and would rather seek the change they want by continuing to work with a State Legislature that has refused to do just that. They are rejecting an opportunity to take the reins away from the corrupt status quo and purge the system of its rot. They’d rather deal with the devil they know, while acknowledging there are a lot of devils in Albany. And they have disingenuously rallied under the misleading banner of “New Yorkers Against Corruption.”

And the Daily News: “(t)errible goblins are coming to despoil New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Bloodthirsty werewolves, to rip workers’ pensions from their rightful owners. Ghosts, to haunt the reproductive rights of women. Witches, to curse a state that once protected immigrants.

That’s the spooky story foes of a Constitutional convention would have voters across New York State believe as Election Day approaches, and it is no more believable than a bad zombie movie.”

 

 

 

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