A few weeks ago, Heather and I had the honor of telling the hacks LATFOR Commission how they are subverting democracy in New York State. When I testified, Senator Nozzolio said this to explain why the proposed 16th Senate District was drawn the way it was: You asked a question, I’ll give you an answer. The question is, why is this district the way it’s configured? Well that is the very first Asian-American seat in the history of New York State. The very … Read More
Still chewing over ACT NOW’s screening last Saturday of “Gerrymandering,” in which it was pointed out that redistricting is but one of the possible reforms our Congress might enact. For example, why should we have only 435 Representatives when the U.S. population continues to expand? The House grew in numbers until the 1920s, when the seats got fixed, but, of course, members now represent many, many more constituents than they used to.
Our coalition’s March 26th event in the district of State Senator and opponent of redistricting reform, Jack Martins (R-Nassau), has already churned up a lot of media attention. With coverage by Capital Tonight and the Long Island Herald, Martins is feeling the heat. Certainly, the Senator is getting a bit hot under the collar, referring to our campaign (via a spokesperson) as “a temper tantrum” and a rally by a wide range of New Yorkers as “a field trip.” Fear … Read More
Welcome to Part Two of our Q&A on redistricting. This time, we’re offering the “advanced” version with more details, in response to questions from readers of the last post. If you’re haven’t read the first post, I suggest you start with that and then move to this one.
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