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Online Voter Registration Debate Continues, With Court Challenge Possible

Samar Kurshid reports in the Gotham Gazette “the New York City Council passed a bill that provides for online voter registration for city residents without requiring DMV-issued identification. With guidance from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office allowing local jurisdictions to pass online registration measures, the bill holds up under state law. But state elections officials can’t agree on the validity of the bill, and city Board of Elections officials have yet to make a decision, portending that the matter may have to eventually be decided in court.”

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Mark-Viverito Confident She Will Win Court Battle Over Pick For Board Of Elections Commissioner

Erin Durkin reports in the NY Daily News “City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she expects to prevail in court and wants Council members to fall in line and rubber stamp her pick for the city Board of Elections.

Mark-Viverito has been pushing to install her pal Andrew Praschak as the Manhattan BOE commissioner before she leaves office at the end of the year — but has been hit by a lawsuit from the Manhattan Democratic Party and failed to get a quorum among Council Democrats who must sign off on the pick.”

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Constitutional Convention Critics’ Fundraising Outpaces Proponents

Newsday’s Michael Gormley writes ” (f)undraising by opponents of a constitutional convention to overhaul how Albany operates swamped that of convention backers in the final days before the referendum on the question, according to state records released this week.”

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NYC Candidates File Disclosures with Campaign Finance Board

Press Release:

105 candidates in the 2017 citywide election cycle have filed required campaign finance disclosure statements with the Campaign Finance Board (CFB). Candidates on the ballot for the November 7th general election are required to file post-election disclosure statements detailing their campaigns’ financial activity from October 24th through November 30th. Statements from candidates who filed after 5:00 PM will be published on the CFB website on Tuesday, December 5th.

Updated and detailed information for these candidates can be found on the CFB’s financial summary page and in the Follow the Money | NYC data portal.

2017 Candidates

Candidate Office Net Contributions Net Expenditures Link to Campaign Finance Summary
Sal Albanese Mayor $2,665 $13,705 http://bit.ly/2jnENj2
Akeem Browder Mayor $85 $653 http://bit.ly/2t7Ho4J
Aaron Commey Mayor $1,306 $524 http://bit.ly/2to7j7v
Richard Dietl Mayor $14,260 $28,205 http://bit.ly/2iyhdmk
Robbie Gosine Mayor $8 $8 http://bit.ly/2y5yOIn
Abbey Laurel-Smith Mayor $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2vgQDA3
Nicole Malliotakis Mayor $78,582 $1,284,396 http://bit.ly/2qoFn3u
Karmen Smith Mayor $346 $0 http://bit.ly/2uAq6S9
Devin Balkind Public Advocate $350 $3,627 http://bit.ly/2uAm8sz
Letitia James Public Advocate $3,540 $950,878 http://bit.ly/2a3FeeL
James Lane Public Advocate $20 $0 http://bit.ly/2riDJzv
Michael O’Reilly Public Advocate $0 $46 http://bit.ly/2vacQ3I
Michel Faulkner Comptroller $13,990 $19,900 http://bit.ly/29PXLco
Scott Stringer Comptroller $1,850 $69,196 http://bit.ly/29PXRAA
Vito Bruno Borough President $1,645 $4,394 http://bit.ly/2tncynY
Melinda Katz Borough President $7,500 $517,434 http://bit.ly/29PXJ4o
Benjamin Kissel Borough President $975 $1,166 http://bit.ly/2pDSq3Q
Camella Price Borough President $0 $0 http://bit.ly/29PXN3U
Thomas Shcherbenko Borough President $175 $59,173 http://bit.ly/2v0xenD
Adrienne Adams City Council $16,700 $51,437 http://bit.ly/2pSHjiF
Inez Barron City Council $0 $15,515 http://bit.ly/2m0N013
Anthony Beckford City Council $220 $212 http://bit.ly/2ui5NIv
Michael Beltzer City Council $75 $17,315 http://bit.ly/2k9E6IX
Joseph Borelli City Council $1,325 $57,203 http://bit.ly/2jwhllM
Justin Brannan City Council $4,760 $115,010 http://bit.ly/2m1ezHH
Fernando Cabrera City Council $75 $13,832 http://bit.ly/29OSPts
Victoria Cambranes City Council $3,502 $7,154 http://bit.ly/2xmV7dc
Robert Capano City Council $100 $13,158 http://bit.ly/2iDf6J7
Christopher Carew City Council $1,722 $672 http://bit.ly/2v9yK6Z
Daby Carreras City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2hPWmv5
John Cerini City Council $3,250 $80,280 http://bit.ly/2mXFqDH 
Margaret Chin City Council $19,896 $97,229 http://bit.ly/2jV8hnr
Andrew Cohen City Council $1,750 $12,979 http://bit.ly/2anLnRO
Joseph Concannon City Council $3,384 $89,737 http://bit.ly/2a3EyWV
Costa Constantinides City Council $675 $30,455 http://bit.ly/2a3FjyY
Elizabeth Crowley City Council $17,439 $148,480 http://bit.ly/2a3F6fi
Laurie Cumbo City Council $350 $55,309 http://bit.ly/29PXJBl
Patrick Delices City Council $250 $882 http://bit.ly/2nvDDn2
Raimondo Denaro City Council $0 $41,000 http://bit.ly/2tiXI6s
Chaim Deutsch City Council $10,280 $76,096 http://bit.ly/2mL1Ur5 
Daniel Dromm City Council $955 $4,461 http://bit.ly/29PXM02
Hyman Drusin City Council $775 $915 http://bit.ly/2nsL6XZ
Rafael Espinal Jr. City Council $0 $3,584 http://bit.ly/2anLvAS
Mathieu Eugene City Council $500 $73,102 http://bit.ly/2anKSY0
Richard Florentino City Council $1,245 $0 http://bit.ly/2vbrAiq
Aaron Foldenauer City Council $475 $40,705 http://bit.ly/2iDWMiY
Frank Francois City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2ur8BTE
Donald Garrity City Council $0 $100 http://bit.ly/2sZg1cM
Vanessa Gibson City Council $5,500 $2,675 http://bit.ly/29PXLc9
Mark Gjonaj City Council $79,398 $135,890 http://bit.ly/2jKJiDI
Alex Gomez City Council $415 $371 http://bit.ly/2anL21r
Cary Goodman City Council $0 $2,100 http://bit.ly/2nxIUtu
Tyson-Lord Gray City Council $208 $18,816 http://bit.ly/2pSIe2N
Paul Graziano City Council $600 $61,675 http://bit.ly/2jFKs3o
Rupert Green City Council $2,563 $4,016 http://bit.ly/2qkyG3M
Marni Halasa City Council $50 $5,583 http://bit.ly/2gqwd1P
Rebecca Harary City Council $3,625 $75,179 http://bit.ly/2qaZNPt
Yoni Hikind City Council $130,596 $268,790 http://bit.ly/2yVhYKS
Robert Holden City Council $2,147 $135,001 http://bit.ly/2uW01K0
Rachel Honig City Council $1,220 $97,542 http://bit.ly/2pO2SSj
Carmen Hulbert City Council $567 $611 http://bit.ly/2pD6SsW
Marvin Jeffcoat City Council $100 $41,853 http://bit.ly/2n0VWm6
Corey Johnson City Council $7,655 $18,973 http://bit.ly/29PY6LY
Bryan Jung City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2vEUHOo
Peter Koo City Council $9,600 $3,046 http://bit.ly/2anM1i8
Karen Koslowitz City Council $1,500 $9,376 http://bit.ly/2a2boZ8
Brad Lander City Council $5,500 $19,300 http://bit.ly/29PXYw9
Dianne Mack City Council $165 $0 http://bit.ly/2uixNeV
Alan Maisel City Council $1,955 $0 http://bit.ly/2anLhKg
Christopher Marte City Council $6,165 $73,257 http://bit.ly/2iLfeK5
Steven Matteo City Council $2,500 $4,380 http://bit.ly/29PXfLi
Carlos Menchaca City Council $1,000 $59,920 http://bit.ly/2anLm0c
I. Daneek Miller City Council $2,885 $72,197 http://bit.ly/2rceO4q
Montell Moseley City Council $14 $14 http://bit.ly/2anMHUK
Francisco Moya City Council $0 $23,241 http://bit.ly/2j5YfQi
Kamillah Payne-Hanks City Council $0 $114 http://bit.ly/2iE6uC1
Michael Penrose City Council $0 $30,951 http://bit.ly/2urwvOX
Bill Perkins City Council $175 $4,574 http://bit.ly/2qOA0O1
Keith Powers City Council $6,920 $103,964 http://bit.ly/2anKRU3
John Quaglione City Council $17,100 $115,115 http://bit.ly/2napX3v
Mohammad Rahman City Council $0 $11,025 http://bit.ly/2nh3xhy
Lucretia Regina-Potter City Council $95 $35 http://bit.ly/2u2PMFn
Antonio Reynoso City Council $0 $2,081 http://bit.ly/2a3FdaP
Donovan Richards City Council $3,950 $56,429 http://bit.ly/29PY5Yq
Carlina Rivera City Council $1,205 $31,091 http://bit.ly/29PXUML
Ydanis Rodriguez City Council $0 $10,198 http://bit.ly/2a3Fj21
Deborah Rose City Council $2,500 $91,700 http://bit.ly/2a3EExH
Helen Rosenthal City Council $36 $17,041 http://bit.ly/29PY4nA
Jack Royster City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2qs6Ukl
William Ruiz City Council $900 $1,502 http://bit.ly/2u4yDt9
Jasmin Sanchez City Council $120 $98 http://bit.ly/2rjRmiy
Steven Saperstein City Council $5,400 $68,338 http://bit.ly/2jN5IYg
Michael Scala City Council $3,822 $53,542 http://bit.ly/2a3ETZl
Dylan Schwartz City Council $2,405 $68,540 http://bit.ly/2mPahBL
Persephone Smith City Council $10 $11 http://bit.ly/2urbhAx
Martha Speranza City Council $0 $5 http://bit.ly/2anL6yh
Frank Spotorno City Council $0 $0 http://bit.ly/2ygLLMI
Kathleen Springer City Council $2,029 $2,169 http://bit.ly/2xX2SV7
Harold Tischler City Council $5,692 $0 http://bit.ly/2wxCWxP
Ritchie Torres City Council ($1,000) $7,269 http://bit.ly/2a3Fme8
Mark Treyger City Council $2,000 $54,090 http://bit.ly/29PXyWw
Eric Ulrich City Council $19,765 $74,946 http://bit.ly/2anLCwt
Delvis Valdes City Council $82 $0 http://bit.ly/2nnU9sH
Paul Vallone City Council $12,450 $82,616 http://bit.ly/29PXFBn
James Van Bramer City Council $800 $50,146 http://bit.ly/2anLmNU

Independent expenditures were also required to be disclosed at this time. The following spenders have reported activity thus far in this election cycle:

Independent Spender Link to Summary
Downtown Independent Democrats http://bit.ly/2hpkT6q
Empire State 32BJ SEIU PAC http://bit.ly/2wQtIfJ
Leon Goldenberg http://bit.ly/2jc2NXu
Hotel Workers for Stronger Communities http://bit.ly/2gqvP3r
Lex Dems 2017 http://bit.ly/2y6C8DN
NYC CLC Political Action Campaign Fund http://bit.ly/2wDILul
NYCLASS Animal Protection http://bit.ly/2vNvX2s
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Independent Exp http://bit.ly/2vRX6RJ
Peter’s New York PAC http://bit.ly/2fnEMxZ
Planned Parenthood of NYC Political Committee http://bit.ly/2jUbvwn
Progress Now New York http://bit.ly/2eZXjNa
Michael Ricatto http://bit.ly/2BxUV9i
Transportation Workers Union http://bit.ly/2gwclOe
True Majority New York http://bit.ly/2wMTYXZ
Bradley Tusk http://bit.ly/2juz8tU
TWU Local 100 Political Action http://bit.ly/2eIqeZs

 

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WNY Political Operatives Plead Not Guilty To Election Law Charges

In State of Politics, Ryan Whalen reports “Two Western New York political operatives charged with felony election law violations, including former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steven Pigeon, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon in state Supreme Court. A third person will be arraigned at a later date.”

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Update On NYC Board Of Elections Litigation: Court Hears More Tomorrow

An email from the New York County Democrats sent to county district leaders: reads:

Dear District Leaders,
I am writing to share with you good news: the courts have granted an Order to Show Cause/Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the City Council from violating the State Constitution and appointing Andy Praschak to be the Democratic Commissioner from Manhattan on the New York City Board of Elections. The OTSC/TRO is attached here for reference.
First, let me thank Arthur Schwartz, District Leader from the 66th AD, Part A, for his brilliant and tireless efforts to expose the unconstitutionality and perfidy of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s attempts to unilaterally install her friend as BOE Commissioner. Without his efforts, we would not have gotten this far.
As you know, the current Speaker Mark-Viverito, had directly contravened your votes as District Leaders to nominate first Jeanine Johnson and then Sylvia DiPietro as Commissioner, and attempted instead to unilaterally appoint her friend Andy Praschak, an Illinois lawyer whose New York law license has been suspended since 2009.
While it is obviously desperate and hypocritical to attempt to install a personal friend by ignoring the nomination of two women who are beyond qualified for the post, it speaks to the lack of appreciation the Speaker has for all of the work that you as District Leaders perform without compensation to advance the people of Manhattan. Recognizing that lack of appreciation, I want to thank you for all of your work this past weeks: calling your City Council Members, rallying for an emergency 9am meeting to submit a new nomination to the City Council, and helping us defend against this desperate and unconstitutional overreach by the Speaker.
I look forward to continuing to work with you to carry out the day-to-day work that we do of organizing Democrats here in Manhattan, resisting the awful machinations of the man in the White House, and moving our City and State forward in a more progressive direction. Many thanks to you all again.

More here:

The City Council went to the Appellate Division with a 20 page brief, in part arguing only that full county committee can make a recommendation.  It also argued that all of the members of the City Council  must be named as as defendants. The court asked parties to return at 10:00 AM Thursday.

Lawyers who have time are welcome to attend the Manhattan hearing at the  Appellate Division  (East 25th Street  and Madison Avenues).

 

 

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Nomination Of NYC Election Commissioner Spurs Legal Battle

Amanda Ottaway reports in Courthouse News: “(t)he speaker of the New York City Council was hauled to court Monday by party leaders over her nomination of a friend as election commissioner.

Filed by attorney Arthur Schwartz of Advocates for Justice in Manhattan Supreme Court, the petition says it is laid out in the New York Constitution that county party representatives are supposed to provide the name for the Council to vote on.

Instead the council voted on Nov. 21, 2017, to recommend Illinois attorney Andy Praschak to the position of election commissioner. 

“The state constitution says that the local, the county legislature or New York City Council shall vote on a nomination of the county party,” Schwartz explained in an interview about the case. “It doesn’t say they can make their own nominations.” 

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