Monthly Archives: February 2020

Stewart-Cousins Makes LATFOR Appointments

Nick Reisman reports in State of Politics that “Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has appointed her conference’s deputy, Queens Democrat Mike Gianaris, to the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment.

Stewart-Cousins also appointed Phil Chonigman, a geographic systems professional who works on and specializes in political geography. She also appointed Eric Katz, the Senate Democratic conference’s deputy counsel who oversees floor operations.”

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Cuomo Confirms Special Election To Replace Convicted Rep. Chris Collins

Denis Slattery reports in the NY Daily News that “Gov. Cuomo set an April date Monday for special election to replace disgraced Rep. Chris Collins, pairing the contest with the state’s presidential primary and angering Republicans.

Collins, a Republican, resigned in September, one day before pleading guilty to charges of insider trading. Cuomo has hinted for months that he would choose April 28 as the day to let voters in the upstate district choose a replacement.”

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Assembly GOP Announces Advisory Redistricting Commission Members

As reported by Amanda Fries in the Times Union, “Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay on Monday revealed his picks for the commission, appointing Charles Nesbitt, a former Assembly Minority Leader, and Keith Wofford, an attorney and 2018 candidate for state Attorney General, to the panel.

Nesbitt, an Albion resident, was first elected to the state Assembly in 1992 and served as its Minority Leader from 2002 to 2005. He represented the 137th Assembly District, which is now the 139th District, serving parts of Orleans, Niagara, Genesee and Monroe counties. He also served as president of the New York Tax Appeals Tribunal in 2005 and as a councilman in Albion.

Wofford, a New York City resident, specializes in bankruptcy and financial cases as the co-managing partner of Ropes & Gray, LLP in New York City. He also ran on the Republican and Conservative lines for Attorney General in 2018.”

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NY Redistricting Advisory Commission Members Named

Legislative leaders began naming their members of the new state redistricting advisory commission late last week. The commission’s 8 legislative appointees will meet to appoint two additional members. Work begins in 2021.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins appointed:

  • John Flateau, Ph.D.  a Professor and Chair of the Department of Business Administration at the School of Business, Medgar Evers College, CUNY. He holds over two decades of experience working as commissioner and census coordinator for New York State and the US Census Bureau, and previously served as Chief of Staff to New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins. John Flateau earned his Ph.D. focused in Political Science and Government from City University of New York.
  • David Imamura, an Attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton where his practice focuses on regulatory investigations and civil litigation. He is a co-author of Goldfeder’s Modern Election Law (6th edition), currently serves as a member of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission and the Westchester County Complete Count Committee.

Speaker Carl Heastie appointed:

Elaine Frazier, a lifelong public servant with over 30 years of service in the New York State Legislature, Division of the Budget, Office of the State Comptroller and her alma mater, SUNY College at Old Westbury. Since her retirement, she has volunteered as a member of the Juvenile Community Accountability Board, and in 2012, was as a member of the City of Albany Commission on Redistricting. Currently, she serves as board chair of the Capital Area Urban League and as a member of the Albany Task Force on Minority Health Disparities and the Commission on Transportation’s Equity Task Force. .

Eugene Benger, a counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Prior to joining the firm, he served as general counsel for Insurance in the New York Department of Financial Services and in various roles with the former New York Insurance Department. He also served as counsel to the Commission to Modernize the Regulation of Financial Services and as an assistant attorney general in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General.

Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan appointed:

George H. Winner, Jr., who collectively served in the state Assembly and Senate for 32 years, and

Ed Lurie, the former executive director of the New York Republican State Committee and the New York Senate Republican Committee.

Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay’s appointments were not available as of today,



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