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DEMANDING ANSWERS FROM THE LEGISLATIVE INCUMBENTS

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What have they done to reform the Senate and Assembly rules, which they could readily have done, to make the Legislature an effective governing body, not the sham controlled by the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker?


THE DYSFUNCTION & CORRUPTION OF THE NYS LEGISLATURE

Professor Eric Lane/Hofstra University School of Law
Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service;
Senior Fellow/Brennan Center for Justice & NYU School of Law: 
"Albany's Travesty of Democracy" -- City Journal 1997

"Lasting change will come about in Albany only when reform becomes a standard election issue, like taxes, criminal justice, and the schools. Voters will have to press candidates on their willingness to turn the Legislature into a true representative body. Editorial boards and interest groups will have to stake their endorsements on a commitment to openness and deliberation. Today, legislators' complicity in the Albany system costs them nothing. Tomorrow, it should cost them their jobs."

"Waking Up the State Senate:  34 Proposals for Reinvigorating Democracy through Rules Reform",
by Senator Liz Krueger, October 2002

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEGISLATIVE RULE CHANGES --
Reports of the Brennan Center for Justice (at NYU)

2004 REPORT:  NYS Legislative Process: Evaluation and Blueprint for Reform

      2006 REPORT: Unfinished Business: New York State Legislative Reform: Update

2008 REPORT:  Still Broken: NY Legislative Reform - Update

 

for Senate's 2009 rules reform & its Temporary Committee on Rules & Administration Reform, click here

 

-- And, "still broken" in 2010, as reflected by the introduction & passage of Chapter 567 of Laws of 2010,
creating the Commission on Judicial Compensation:

IN THE SENATE:
Governor Paterson's pro forma November 29, 2009 Message of Necessity
Unanimous November 29, 2009 vote by Senate Rules Committee
Non-Debate on Senate Floor
Unanimous November 29, 2009 Senate Vote

IN THE ASSEMBLY:
Governor Paterson's pro forma November 29, 2009 Message of Necessity
November 29, 2009 vote in Assembly Ways & Means Committee
Unanimous November 29, 2009 vote in Assembly Rules Committee
Non-Debate on Assembly Floor
November 29, 2009 Assembly Vote

Legislative Bill Jacket, including "Introducer's Memorandum in Support
submitted in accordance with Senate Rule VI, Sec 1"
,
identifying "Budget Implications" as follows:
"The cost to the State from the operation of the Commission would be minimal.  To the extent the Commission recommends a salary increase for judges, such increase would have a fiscal impact on the State." 


Press Editorials to Vote Out Incumbent Legislators

 

"Fed Up With Albany":  NYT editorial: October 19, 2009

"New Yorkers have been complaining for many years about their abysmal state government, but it has simply grown worse.  The state has become a national embarrassment, a swamp of intrigue and corruption, a $131 billion monster controlled by a crowd of smug officials whose  main concern is keeping their soft jobs.  By now,  most New Yorkers have given up hope that these officials are capable of cleaning up their own mess.

The clock is ticking.  In one year, unless the Albany crowd pull off some miracle, which we doubt will happen, it will be up to the voters to get them out, all of them."
 

"Gerrymandering, Pure and Corrupt": NYT editorial: November 11, 2009
 

"Failed State": NYT editorial: December 30, 2009

"New Yorkers should be appalled at their failed state government, particularly their corrupt and clueless Legislature.  Scandal and irresponsibility have been Albany's creed for decades.  This year, the gang added another outrage to the list: complete fiscal incompetence.

The only solace is this:  The entire Legislature is up for re-election in 2010.  And unless there is a sudden turnaround -- and, so far, we see few signs of it -- New Yorkers have no choice but to vote out all the lawmakers and start over.
 

 

CORRESPONDENCE  WITH "REFORMERS"

CJA's August 23, 2012 e-mail to Larry Norden:  "Subject: Predicating Electoral Endorsements on the Brennan Center's Recommended Legislative Rule Changes"

Larry Norden's August 28, 2012 e-mail to CJA -- "Subject: Re: Predicating Electoral Endorsements on the Brennan Center's Recommended Legislative Rule Changes"

CJA's September 6, 2012 e-mail to Professor Eric Lane -- "Subject:  The Unconstitutionality of NYS' Legislative Rules, as Written & as Applied"

Carson Whitelemons September 7, 2012 e-mail to CJA -- "Subject: Your recent inquiries to the Brennan Center"

CJA's September 7, 2012 e-mail to Lee Rowland -- "Subject: Reforming NYS Government NOW:  The Unconstitutionality of NYS' Legislative Rules, as Written & as Applied"

Lee Rowland's September 7, 2012 e-mail to CJA -- "RE: Subject: Reforming NYS Government NOW:  The Unconstitutionality of NYS' Legislative Rules, as Written & as Applied"

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     July 25, 2004 New York Times editorial, "New York's Fake Legislature"

November 19, 2004 Press Release of Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick: "Fitzpatrick Calls for Assembly to Make Reform Priority 1 in 2005: Joins Assembly Minority Conference and Brennan Center to Urge Rule Changes" 

May 2007:  New York City Bar --
"Supporting Legislative Rules Reform: The Fundamentals"

 

 

 

 

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