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In the Forward, Josh Nathan-Kazis looks into situation in Bloomingburg where “the battle between locals and Orthodox Jewish developers has cast a pall over the place, and now the long-running saga has taken another strange turn with the guilty plea by the builders to fraud.”
Constitutional convention supporters are ramping up efforts. Today, Nick Reisman reports in State of Politics on the GOP Assembly Minority Leader, Brian Kolb: “(t)he potential for change can often inspire fear, especially for those whose entrenched power may be affected by a reform-minded public,” wrote Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb in a legislative column. “Scare tactics by convention opponents portray it as a threat to many important policies and programs.”
At the SUNY Rockefeller Institute’s website, Peter Galie and Christopher Bobpst posted an article taking a hard look at who the “insiders” really are -and aren’t.
In State Of Politics, Ryan Whelan reports: “(t)he elections complaints filed by Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant and two others in 2013 have already proven to have long legs. The complaints, alleging illegal coordination against the political committee WNY Progressive Caucus, started at the Erie County Board of Elections but eventually found their way to the New York State Attorney General’s office.”
Read attorney Jerry Goldfeder’s letter to the New York Law Journal challenging the NYC Bar’s recommendation’s here .
Nick Reisman reports on the NYC Bar Association support of the constitutional convention question: “the Bar Association was acting on the recommendations of a task force assembled on the potential for a convention.
But the report (linked here) issued by the organization isn’t a full-blown endorsement of the mechanics of the convention itself, which the group called “flawed” even if it can address structural problems in state government.”
In State Of Politics, Nick Reisman posted “The Independent Democratic Conference on Tuesday called for a Board of Elections review of a poll released this week by the Working Families Party that showed majority support for the eight-member bloc to return to the mainline conference.”