Topic: Cuomo

Fair Elections in New York State Now!

February 2, 2012 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, New York 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo, We write to express our strong support for the pledge you made during your State of the State address to introduce 2012 legislation to create a public funding option for New York state elections. We applaud your leadership in pursuing this vital goal; public financing is the single most important next step to upend the perception … Read More

Governor Cuomo: Veto Those Lines!

CALL GOVERNOR CUOMO TODAY AT (518) 474-8390. URGE HIM TO STAND BY HIS PLEDGE TO VETO GERRYMANDERED DISTRICT LINES. NEW YORK NEEDS HONEST REDISTRICTING AND FAIR ELECTIONS! January 27, 2012 The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo: As a leading progressive organization in New York State, ACT NOW has worked for the past year in support of your proposal for the creation of a non-partisan redistricting commission and in … Read More

A Slight Improvement over the Worst-Case Scenario! Huzzah!

So, the tax/infrastructure deal. Some good, a lot bad- it all depends on how you define the baseline. On taxes: In order to judge the tax component of this legislation, let’s analyze each baseline scenario. If the baseline is that the “old millionaires’ tax,” a tax of 7.85 percent on income from $200,000 to $500,000 and 8.97 percent on income over $500,000, was only a 3-year measure that was supposed to expire in 2012, then this legislation is technically an … Read More

Open Letter to Governor Cuomo: Stand Strong on Redistricting Reform!

This year, ACT NOW has joined with concerned New Yorkers across the state in the fight to end rampant gerrymandering and to institute a system of non-partisan redistricting. Along the way, we have been heartened that a majority of our legislators in both houses have signed a pledge promising support for this crucial reform. We have also been encouraged that our governor, Andrew Cuomo, has promised to veto any redistricting proposal that comes from the flawed, incumbent-controlled process.

However, our legislators have fallen back on their promises — and indeed left for summer recess without even bringing this issue to the floor. Now, the fate of fair redistricting rests on Governor Cuomo, and his ability to not just keep his promise to veto the incumbent-drawn lines, but also to show the leadership that this reform needs and deserves. Today, we call on Governor Cuomo to do just that, and we encourage you to get involved by calling his office yourself at (518) 474-8390 TODAY. Read More

A Good Start, but a Ways to Go

The recent agreement between Albany leaders on an ethics overhaul bill is an improvement over the status quo but has some serious weaknesses that will hopefully be adressed in later legislation. First, the good.  This bill has very commendable disclosure requirements.  Legislators will have to disclose outside income and business with any company doing business with the state and risk a $10,000 fine if they don’t.  There would also be a searchable database with all businesses doing business with the … Read More

Non-Partisan Redistricting – The Basics

For five years, ACT NOW has been chipping away at dysfunction in Albany, one election at a time. With five State Senate wins and a victorious Attorney General race under our belt, we’ve already made a big dent. But if we’ve learned anything, it’s that Albany needs broad, systemic reform to force elected officials to listen to their constituents. This year, redistricting has the potential to do just that – but only if we do it right. That means non-partisan … Read More

Where’s Aaron Sorkin When You Need Him?

[ Above: NY state capitol in Albany. Photo: wallyg ] Remember back in the day when Albany was a festering wasteland of corruption, incompetence, and general dysfunction? No, not those times. This time. Or maybe this time. Or is it this time? My feeble mind gets so easily confused. Well, I’m sure glad all that is behind us! These days I wake up, breathing the fresh air of competence and moral fortitude that wafts all the way from Albany down … Read More