Monthly Archives: January 2019

Majority Of New Yorkers Plan On Completing Census Form

In the Times Union, David Lombardo reports: ” (t)he vast majority of New Yorkers say their household will probably complete the census next year.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday, 64 percent of respondents said someone in their family will “definitely” partake in the process and 25 percent said someone “probably” will fill out the paperwork.”

Editor’s Note: according to census experts, any local census response rate below 73% is considered “hard to count” and jeopardizes an accurate census count.

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Malatras, Rosado To Lead Census Commission

Nick Reisman covers the appointment of the awaited Census 2020 Complete Count Commission here: “New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado and Rockefeller Institute President Jim Malatras will lead Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s panel on the coming 2020 U.S. Census, his office on Monday announced.

The panel, known as the New York State Complete Count Commission, will also include Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Deputy Commissioner of Faith-Based Community Development Karim Camara, New York City Office of Immigrant Affairs Commission Bitta Mostofi, Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon, New York City Planning Department Chief Demographic Officer Joseph Salvo and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.”

The Census is especially fraught as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to include a box on whether a person is an undocumented immigrant, potentially leading to an undercount in areas like New York.

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Elections Commissioners Slam Sugarman, In Her Absence

In the Times Union, from Chris Bragg, “State Board of Elections commissioners roundly criticized Risa Sugarman, the state’s top election law enforcement official, for recently suing them — and then declining to show up to their regular monthly meeting in Albany on Thursday.”

Board of Elections co-chairs Douglas Kellner, left, and Peter Kosinski. (Paul Buckowski, Times Union)

On Jan. 18, Sugarman, the board’s independent chief enforcement counsel, filed a legal action in state Supreme Court in Albany that seeks to overturn regulations adopted by the board in August that rein in her office’s subpoena powers. The lawsuit also seeks to prevent the board’s politically appointed commissioners – two Democrats, two Republicans — from enforcing the new rules until the lawsuit is decided.

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Signing Voting Reform Bills, Cuomo Says There’s More To Do

From Nick Reisman in State of Politics, “Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Thursday a package of bills designed to make it easier to vote and to register to vote in New York.

The bills include a consolidation of the state and federal party primaries to June, a bill that creates early voting in New York and a measure that would pre-register 16 and 17-year-olds.

Cuomo also wants to make Election Day a state holiday and extend the hours of voting for upstate counties on primary day to begin at 6 a.m.”

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Sugarman Sues To Strike Down Rules Reining In Subpoena Power

From Chris Bragg, at the Times Union, “Risa Sugarman, the state’s top election-law enforcement official, has filed a lawsuit to overturn regulations adopted by the state Board of Elections commissioners in August that sought to rein in her office’s subpoena powers.

A petition filed by Sugarman Friday in state Supreme Court in Albany seeks a court ruling striking down the regulations. The lawsuit also seeks to prevent the board’s commissioners from enforcing the rules until the lawsuit is decided.”

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State Census Commission Yet To Be Named Or Funded As Key Initial Deadline Passes

In the Gotham Gazette, Samar Khurshid reports that “(a) legally-mandated state commission that was meant to examine the challenges in counting New York’s population for the 2020 Census and craft recommendations to achieve an accurate count has not been named despite having already missed a January 10 deadline for issuing its initial report.”

The commission was not provided with any direct staffing or funding in last year’s budget, intending to utilize the in-kind services of state agencies and staff at no additional cost.

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Democracy Is Coming? New York Is Getting Closer To Being A Real, Functioning Government Of, By And For The People

A NY Daily News editorial:
“Picking the right first place to make its mark, the Democrat-controlled state Legislature today will overhaul laws that flummox citizens eager to have their voices heard.

Across the country, early voting is common, letting people who can’t manage to get free on a Tuesday the chance to cast a ballot. In New York, you can get bent.”

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