Monthly Archives: December 2017

Welcoming Frank Housh’s New Law Blog

New York Election News welcomes Buffalo attorney Frank Housh’s new blog at http://www.houshlaw.com/blog/

While it might not always relate to New York law, Frank is an experienced election law practitioner. His first posting relates to the one vote situation in a Virginia House of Delegates race.

Good luck, Frank!

 

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Cuomo Introduces Comprehensive Election Reform Proposal

Just in time for a holiday present for election law advocates, Governor Cuomo will propose a number of reforms next year. As reported by Ryan Whalen in NY State of Politics,”Cuomo’s plan would make it easier for citizens both to register to vote and cast their ballot. The proposal would institute early voting in the state, requiring at least on poll site be open in every county for the 12 days leading up to election day.

The governor’s also calling for the state to adopt an automatic voter registration system which would send  voters’ information directly to the county board of elections. Voters who do not want to be registered would have to check an “opt out” box.”

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New York On Pace To Lose 1 Congressional Seat In 2022

In NY Politico, from Bill Mahoney “It’s likely that New York will lose one of its 27 congressional seats in the 2022 reapportionment because its small growth in population hasn’t kept pace with the nation as a whole.

According to Census Bureau estimates released Wednesday, New York’s population was 19.85 million as of July 1. That’s up by 471,297 from the last decennial census conducted in 2010.”

But is the Census Bureau going to be able to conduct a complete and accurate census in 2020?

““The Census Bureau is at its lowest funding level at this point in the decade than at any other time in the past several decades,” said Jeff Wice, a fellow at SUNY Buffalo Law School who has worked with Senate Democrats in New York in past redistricting cycles.”

 

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Suffolk County Creates Public Matching System For Elections

In NY State of Politics, Nick Reisman reports “Lawmakers in Suffolk County on Tuesday approved a public matching system for elections there, making it the largest county to date to do so.

The bill is backed by Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone…..

The measure creates a public matching system for donations of no more than $250 and participating candidates must raise at least $5,000 in eligible contributions.”

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Breaking News: Judge Halts NYC City Council From Appointing Manhattan BOE Commissioner

State Supreme Court Justice Tisch has  enjoined the NYC City Council from appointing the Manhattan Commissioner of the NYC Board Of Elections.

Read the decision here: City Council decision

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Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation Creating Online Voter Registration System

As reported in the Gotham Gazette and  a City Hall press release, “Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed legislation allowing for the creation of an online system to make voter registration easier for New York City residents. The Mayor previously held a public hearing for the bill, Intro 508-A, on November 27, 2017. This legislation was sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos. Under this new legislation, the City will create an online portal and mobile application where voters can submit registration information or submit updates to their registrations.”

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Online Voter Registration Debate Continues, With Court Challenge Possible

Samar Kurshid reports in the Gotham Gazette “the New York City Council passed a bill that provides for online voter registration for city residents without requiring DMV-issued identification. With guidance from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office allowing local jurisdictions to pass online registration measures, the bill holds up under state law. But state elections officials can’t agree on the validity of the bill, and city Board of Elections officials have yet to make a decision, portending that the matter may have to eventually be decided in court.”

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Mark-Viverito Confident She Will Win Court Battle Over Pick For Board Of Elections Commissioner

Erin Durkin reports in the NY Daily News “City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she expects to prevail in court and wants Council members to fall in line and rubber stamp her pick for the city Board of Elections.

Mark-Viverito has been pushing to install her pal Andrew Praschak as the Manhattan BOE commissioner before she leaves office at the end of the year — but has been hit by a lawsuit from the Manhattan Democratic Party and failed to get a quorum among Council Democrats who must sign off on the pick.”

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Constitutional Convention Critics’ Fundraising Outpaces Proponents

Newsday’s Michael Gormley writes ” (f)undraising by opponents of a constitutional convention to overhaul how Albany operates swamped that of convention backers in the final days before the referendum on the question, according to state records released this week.”

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NYC Candidates File Disclosures with Campaign Finance Board

Press Release:

105 candidates in the 2017 citywide election cycle have filed required campaign finance disclosure statements with the Campaign Finance Board (CFB). Candidates on the ballot for the November 7th general election are required to file post-election disclosure statements detailing their campaigns’ financial activity from October 24th through November 30th. Statements from candidates who filed after 5:00 PM will be published on the CFB website on Tuesday, December 5th.

Updated and detailed information for these candidates can be found on the CFB’s financial summary page and in the Follow the Money | NYC data portal.

2017 Candidates

Candidate Office Net Contributions Net Expenditures Link to Campaign Finance Summary
Sal Albanese Mayor $2,665 $13,705 http://bit.ly/2jnENj2
Akeem Browder Mayor $85 $653 http://bit.ly/2t7Ho4J
Aaron Commey Mayor $1,306 $524 http://bit.ly/2to7j7v
Richard Dietl Mayor $14,260 $28,205 http://bit.ly/2iyhdmk
Robbie Gosine Mayor $8 $8 http://bit.ly/2y5yOIn
Abbey Laurel-Smith Mayor $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2vgQDA3
Nicole Malliotakis Mayor $78,582 $1,284,396 http://bit.ly/2qoFn3u
Karmen Smith Mayor $346 $0 http://bit.ly/2uAq6S9
Devin Balkind Public Advocate $350 $3,627 http://bit.ly/2uAm8sz
Letitia James Public Advocate $3,540 $950,878 http://bit.ly/2a3FeeL
James Lane Public Advocate $20 $0 http://bit.ly/2riDJzv
Michael O’Reilly Public Advocate $0 $46 http://bit.ly/2vacQ3I
Michel Faulkner Comptroller $13,990 $19,900 http://bit.ly/29PXLco
Scott Stringer Comptroller $1,850 $69,196 http://bit.ly/29PXRAA
Vito Bruno Borough President $1,645 $4,394 http://bit.ly/2tncynY
Melinda Katz Borough President $7,500 $517,434 http://bit.ly/29PXJ4o
Benjamin Kissel Borough President $975 $1,166 http://bit.ly/2pDSq3Q
Camella Price Borough President $0 $0 http://bit.ly/29PXN3U
Thomas Shcherbenko Borough President $175 $59,173 http://bit.ly/2v0xenD
Adrienne Adams City Council $16,700 $51,437 http://bit.ly/2pSHjiF
Inez Barron City Council $0 $15,515 http://bit.ly/2m0N013
Anthony Beckford City Council $220 $212 http://bit.ly/2ui5NIv
Michael Beltzer City Council $75 $17,315 http://bit.ly/2k9E6IX
Joseph Borelli City Council $1,325 $57,203 http://bit.ly/2jwhllM
Justin Brannan City Council $4,760 $115,010 http://bit.ly/2m1ezHH
Fernando Cabrera City Council $75 $13,832 http://bit.ly/29OSPts
Victoria Cambranes City Council $3,502 $7,154 http://bit.ly/2xmV7dc
Robert Capano City Council $100 $13,158 http://bit.ly/2iDf6J7
Christopher Carew City Council $1,722 $672 http://bit.ly/2v9yK6Z
Daby Carreras City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2hPWmv5
John Cerini City Council $3,250 $80,280 http://bit.ly/2mXFqDH 
Margaret Chin City Council $19,896 $97,229 http://bit.ly/2jV8hnr
Andrew Cohen City Council $1,750 $12,979 http://bit.ly/2anLnRO
Joseph Concannon City Council $3,384 $89,737 http://bit.ly/2a3EyWV
Costa Constantinides City Council $675 $30,455 http://bit.ly/2a3FjyY
Elizabeth Crowley City Council $17,439 $148,480 http://bit.ly/2a3F6fi
Laurie Cumbo City Council $350 $55,309 http://bit.ly/29PXJBl
Patrick Delices City Council $250 $882 http://bit.ly/2nvDDn2
Raimondo Denaro City Council $0 $41,000 http://bit.ly/2tiXI6s
Chaim Deutsch City Council $10,280 $76,096 http://bit.ly/2mL1Ur5 
Daniel Dromm City Council $955 $4,461 http://bit.ly/29PXM02
Hyman Drusin City Council $775 $915 http://bit.ly/2nsL6XZ
Rafael Espinal Jr. City Council $0 $3,584 http://bit.ly/2anLvAS
Mathieu Eugene City Council $500 $73,102 http://bit.ly/2anKSY0
Richard Florentino City Council $1,245 $0 http://bit.ly/2vbrAiq
Aaron Foldenauer City Council $475 $40,705 http://bit.ly/2iDWMiY
Frank Francois City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2ur8BTE
Donald Garrity City Council $0 $100 http://bit.ly/2sZg1cM
Vanessa Gibson City Council $5,500 $2,675 http://bit.ly/29PXLc9
Mark Gjonaj City Council $79,398 $135,890 http://bit.ly/2jKJiDI
Alex Gomez City Council $415 $371 http://bit.ly/2anL21r
Cary Goodman City Council $0 $2,100 http://bit.ly/2nxIUtu
Tyson-Lord Gray City Council $208 $18,816 http://bit.ly/2pSIe2N
Paul Graziano City Council $600 $61,675 http://bit.ly/2jFKs3o
Rupert Green City Council $2,563 $4,016 http://bit.ly/2qkyG3M
Marni Halasa City Council $50 $5,583 http://bit.ly/2gqwd1P
Rebecca Harary City Council $3,625 $75,179 http://bit.ly/2qaZNPt
Yoni Hikind City Council $130,596 $268,790 http://bit.ly/2yVhYKS
Robert Holden City Council $2,147 $135,001 http://bit.ly/2uW01K0
Rachel Honig City Council $1,220 $97,542 http://bit.ly/2pO2SSj
Carmen Hulbert City Council $567 $611 http://bit.ly/2pD6SsW
Marvin Jeffcoat City Council $100 $41,853 http://bit.ly/2n0VWm6
Corey Johnson City Council $7,655 $18,973 http://bit.ly/29PY6LY
Bryan Jung City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2vEUHOo
Peter Koo City Council $9,600 $3,046 http://bit.ly/2anM1i8
Karen Koslowitz City Council $1,500 $9,376 http://bit.ly/2a2boZ8
Brad Lander City Council $5,500 $19,300 http://bit.ly/29PXYw9
Dianne Mack City Council $165 $0 http://bit.ly/2uixNeV
Alan Maisel City Council $1,955 $0 http://bit.ly/2anLhKg
Christopher Marte City Council $6,165 $73,257 http://bit.ly/2iLfeK5
Steven Matteo City Council $2,500 $4,380 http://bit.ly/29PXfLi
Carlos Menchaca City Council $1,000 $59,920 http://bit.ly/2anLm0c
I. Daneek Miller City Council $2,885 $72,197 http://bit.ly/2rceO4q
Montell Moseley City Council $14 $14 http://bit.ly/2anMHUK
Francisco Moya City Council $0 $23,241 http://bit.ly/2j5YfQi
Kamillah Payne-Hanks City Council $0 $114 http://bit.ly/2iE6uC1
Michael Penrose City Council $0 $30,951 http://bit.ly/2urwvOX
Bill Perkins City Council $175 $4,574 http://bit.ly/2qOA0O1
Keith Powers City Council $6,920 $103,964 http://bit.ly/2anKRU3
John Quaglione City Council $17,100 $115,115 http://bit.ly/2napX3v
Mohammad Rahman City Council $0 $11,025 http://bit.ly/2nh3xhy
Lucretia Regina-Potter City Council $95 $35 http://bit.ly/2u2PMFn
Antonio Reynoso City Council $0 $2,081 http://bit.ly/2a3FdaP
Donovan Richards City Council $3,950 $56,429 http://bit.ly/29PY5Yq
Carlina Rivera City Council $1,205 $31,091 http://bit.ly/29PXUML
Ydanis Rodriguez City Council $0 $10,198 http://bit.ly/2a3Fj21
Deborah Rose City Council $2,500 $91,700 http://bit.ly/2a3EExH
Helen Rosenthal City Council $36 $17,041 http://bit.ly/29PY4nA
Jack Royster City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2qs6Ukl
William Ruiz City Council $900 $1,502 http://bit.ly/2u4yDt9
Jasmin Sanchez City Council $120 $98 http://bit.ly/2rjRmiy
Steven Saperstein City Council $5,400 $68,338 http://bit.ly/2jN5IYg
Michael Scala City Council $3,822 $53,542 http://bit.ly/2a3ETZl
Dylan Schwartz City Council $2,405 $68,540 http://bit.ly/2mPahBL
Persephone Smith City Council $10 $11 http://bit.ly/2urbhAx
Martha Speranza City Council $0 $5 http://bit.ly/2anL6yh
Frank Spotorno City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2ygLLMI
Kathleen Springer City Council $2,029 $2,169 http://bit.ly/2xX2SV7
Harold Tischler City Council $5,692 $0 http://bit.ly/2wxCWxP
Ritchie Torres City Council ($1,000) $7,269 http://bit.ly/2a3Fme8
Mark Treyger City Council $2,000 $54,090 http://bit.ly/29PXyWw
Eric Ulrich City Council $19,765 $74,946 http://bit.ly/2anLCwt
Delvis Valdes City Council $82 $0 http://bit.ly/2nnU9sH
Paul Vallone City Council $12,450 $82,616 http://bit.ly/29PXFBn
James Van Bramer City Council $800 $50,146 http://bit.ly/2anLmNU

Independent expenditures were also required to be disclosed at this time. The following spenders have reported activity thus far in this election cycle:

Independent Spender Link to Summary
Downtown Independent Democrats http://bit.ly/2hpkT6q
Empire State 32BJ SEIU PAC http://bit.ly/2wQtIfJ
Leon Goldenberg http://bit.ly/2jc2NXu
Hotel Workers for Stronger Communities http://bit.ly/2gqvP3r
Lex Dems 2017 http://bit.ly/2y6C8DN
NYC CLC Political Action Campaign Fund http://bit.ly/2wDILul
NYCLASS Animal Protection http://bit.ly/2vNvX2s
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Independent Exp http://bit.ly/2vRX6RJ
Peter’s New York PAC http://bit.ly/2fnEMxZ
Planned Parenthood of NYC Political Committee http://bit.ly/2jUbvwn
Progress Now New York http://bit.ly/2eZXjNa
Michael Ricatto http://bit.ly/2BxUV9i
Transportation Workers Union http://bit.ly/2gwclOe
True Majority New York http://bit.ly/2wMTYXZ
Bradley Tusk http://bit.ly/2juz8tU
TWU Local 100 Political Action http://bit.ly/2eIqeZs

 

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