Senator Nozzolio Cynically Uses Asian-Americans for Political Gain

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

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

Non-Partisan Redistricting:
Can You Hear Me Now?

Like Jess, it was not without some trepidation that I sat down to testify at New York’s LATFOR redistricting hearings. For several months ACT NOW has been working to end gerrymandering in New York State, and that means dissolving the incumbent-controlled LATFOR redistricting commission altogether and forming a non-partisan commission in its place. To this end, we have held rallies, we have called our legislators, we have traveled to Albany to speak to them face-to-face. Why do we do all this? … Read More

Redistricting: Manhattan Hearing

I don’t know about you, but public speaking scares me. I remember watching Michael J. Fox go in front of congress for a bill to fight against Parkinsons. I thought “I could never do that.” I also thought of the McCarthy hearings and all the U.S. Supreme Court judges that have to go in front of some very crafty senators and dodge some bullets. Well, I was going to face LATFOR and they are not known for their gracious handling … Read More

Non-Partisan Redistricting — LATFOR Edition

This spring and summer, ACTivists have been out in force to end gerrymandering in New York State and to make non-partisan redistricting a reality. (For background on the issue, click here and here.) Unfortunately, our legislature has still not passed non-partisan redistricting even though they promised, and now the redistricting process has started. No, not the non-partisan process New Yorkers desire and deserve, but the same-old process – LATFOR, for short – that has thus far been responsible for drawing unfair … Read More