In the New York Times, Any Newman and Tyler Pager report on the Queens Democratic County Committee: “(c)ounty committee members are the very blades of grass of grass-roots politics in New York, the worker ants of participatory democracy. There are more than 1,100 Democratic committee members in Queens alone, most representing only a few blocks, all of them unpaid. Collectively, though, they have the power — at least in theory — to choose candidates for higher office and even determine party policy.
There is just one problem: Ms. Gambichler, a 72-year-old retired court clerk, did not know she was running for anything. Nor does she wish to run. “I have no idea what that’s about,” she said.”
In the Gotham Gazette, Samar Khurshid reports on Mayor DeBlasio’s Charter Revision Commission’s plan to submit questions to the voters. Notably left out of the proposals are reforms to the current charter’s councilmanic redistricting provisions and creating instant runoff voting for city offices.
From the article: “The commission convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio to review and revise the city charter passed a resolution on Tuesday instructing its staff to create ballot proposals related to enhancing the municipal campaign finance system, increasing civic engagement and improving the role and structure of the city’s 59 community boards. At the same time, the commission punted on issues related to instant runoff voting and independent redistricting, leaving those to be resolved by a future charter revision commission.”
In Newsday, David M. Schwartz reports that “Republican Assembly hopeful Mike Yacubich filed a lawsuit last week to overturn a decision by the Suffolk County Board of Elections that removed him from the primary ballot against Assemb. Anthony H. Palumbo (R-New Suffolk).
Yacubich gathered signatures to qualify for the September primary as “Mike Yacubich,” listing his Shoreham address. But both Michael B. Yacubich, the candidate, and Michael V. Yacubich, his son, are registered to vote at the address.”
In Brooklyn, Kings County Politics’ Stephen Witt reports on similar story with a different ending, “It wasn’t exactly the trial of the century, but it was the litigation of the Brooklyn state election season.
That after State Supreme Court Edgar G. Walker ruled this week that Lawrence Blake Morris was not trying to deceive anybody when he collected signatures to get on the Democratic Party ballot under the name Blake Morris in the upcoming 17th Senate District primary against State Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Midwood, Flatbush, Borough Park, Kensington, Sunset Park, Madison, Bensonhurst).”
From State of Politics’ Nick Reisman “The state Board of Elections voted Wednesday to scale back the power of Risa Sugarman, the enforcement counsel who is in charge of investigating campaign finance law violations.
The rules adopted by the Board of Elections give the board’s Republican and Democratic commissioners oversight of subpoenas issued by Sugarman’s office. And the board is setting a six month time limit on investigations.”
Chris Bragg reports in the Times Union: ” On Wednesday, the politically appointed commissioners of the state Board of Elections are likely to vote on rules carrying a major impact on enforcement of New York election laws.
The response of leading state Democrats and Republicans? Mostly crickets.
Ahead of the Wednesday meeting of the Board of Elections, the Times Union reached out to three leading state Democrats about the proposed new rules: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Democratic party chair Byron Brown and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.”
From David Lombardo at the Times Union: “A donor to Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado has filed general objections to the petitions filed by three independent candidates in the race.
The petitions filed in the 19th Congressional District, which is represented by freshman Republican John Faso, were challenged by Rima Liscum, a member of the Rhinebeck Democratic Committee. The petitions were filed by actress Diane Neal, on the “Friends of Diane Neal” line, Dal LaMagna, on the “Hudson Valley Happiness” line, and Luisa Parker, on the “Making the Impossible” line.