In State of Politics, Nick Reisman reports on the effort to move the state forward with Census 2020 efforts. He writes “State lawmakers on Thursday pushed for funding to be made available to help the state ensure a full count in the upcoming 2020 Census.
A letter released by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz’s office and backed by 24 lawmakers in the Assembly, urged the money be allocated soon.
The $20 million set aside for the Census in New York would aid state support efforts, including outreach efforts for community-based organizations, local governments and libraries.”
The letter can be accessed here: Final Sign on Letter to the Governor Regarding Census Funding
Senator Zellnor Myrie also organized a letter to the Governor requesting $4 million of the state’s $20 million census appropriation for Brooklyn. The letter was highlighted by Kelly Mena in an article by the Brooklyn Eagle (an embedded copy of the letter can be found at the bottom of the article).
While a state complete count advisory commission held hearings around the state that were completed in July, the commission has not met since the last hearing. A report is expected some time in the near future making recommendations on how the state’s $20 million should be spent. In the meantime, New York City has just allocated $19 million for community based organizations to promote census outreach efforts.
The White Plains Patch reports “County Executive George Latimer kicked off a Nonprofit Westchester-sponsored 2020 US Census seminar declaring that participation in the census is essential if Westchester County is going to get its fair share of the more than $850 billion that the federal government will allocate in more than 320 vital programs. Latimer also pointed out the critical role that nonprofit organizations play in helping ensure that everyone counts. “
In State of Politics, from Nick Reisman “A bill meant to make it easier for voters to change party enrollment ahead of a primary election was approved Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The measure addresses a long-standing complaint of good-government organization and voter-rights’ groups that New York’s election laws make it difficult to access party primaries, which are closed to those enrolled in a party.”
From Nick Reisman in State of Politics “A lawsuit backed by the Working Families Party challenging the commission that could rewrite New York’s campaign finance has dropped Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a defendant.
The same day, the Conservative Party also dropped the governor from its separate lawsuit challenging the commission.
Richard Brodsky, the former member of the state Assembly representing the plaintiffs in the WFP-backed case, said removing Cuomo as a defendant will help it “move along more speedily.”
Kings County Supreme Court Justice Edgar Walker has ruled that Mayor De Blasio’s Interpreter Program does not violate the State Constitution and is not pre-empted by the Election Law.
In Politico, Bill Mahoney writes “Democrats are actively recruiting people to attend the Public Finance Reform Commission’s meeting in Albany on Wednesday to speak out against fusion voting.
An email from Albany County Democratic Chair Jack Flynn sent to ward leaders on Monday noted that state Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs would be in Albany for a meeting of the commission, on which he serves.”
10 a.m. – The state Public Finance Reform Commission holds a public hearing, Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State St., Albany.
In State of Politics, Nick Reisman reports “a bill setting New York’s presidential primary for next April 28 was signed into law Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who used the measure’s approval as another occasion to push lawmakers to unify the state’s congressional and state primaries to the same date.
In a signing statement attached to the approval message, Cuomo urged lawmakers to take up primary consolidation legislation when the session reconvenes in January.”
Gotham Gazette’s Samar Khurshid reports “The New York State Public Campaign Financing Commission heard many hours of testimony on Tuesday from experts, government reform advocates, elected officials, and others on creating a new statewide system of electoral campaign financing that would encourage small contributions and curb the effects of wealthy donors.
At what was its first public hearing of several planned for the next few weeks, the commission also explored questions around how fusion voting — where more than one political party can nominate the same candidate for an elected office — interplays with such a system and whether it could legally be eliminated under the commission’s mandate.”