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.”