September 13, 2010
|Dear fellow New Yorker,
We are in the midst of a volatile time in the history of our state.Tuesday is Primary Day here, and the only way to truly effect change is by withholding our votes from anyone that has not committed to reforming our government.
Lucretia forwarded you this email because she is part of our coalition voting for Reform, and I hope you will join us.
Before you head to the polls tomorrow, visit the New York Uprising website, which will inform you which candidates have committed to supporting reform by signing our good government pledges (the Heroes of Reform) and which have refused (the Enemies). Once you enter your voting address, you can even download a sample ballot to bring with you to the polls.
Limit your support to ONLY those candidates who have signed the pledges – the Heroes. Even if you think the opponent is a long shot, you’ll be sending a critical message.
Fellow New Yorker, in a year like this, it’s tough to believe that Albany can ever change, no matter how you vote. And indeed the battle won’t be over after primary day, or election day, even. But this year presents us with a unique path to victory — which is why over 320 candidates have signed on, plus the ten Trustees representing decades of government leadership. And multiple editorial boards and good government groups around the state have made our pledges the starting point in their endorsement process (including the Daily News, whose terrific editorial from yesterday is included below).
But right now – tomorrow – is where you come in: Cast your vote for Reform and join me, along with Lucretia Regina-Potter, Mario Cuomo, Rudy Giuliani, every candidate running for Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller and over half the sitting Legislature. You’ll be in good company.
Editorial: Start the revolution: Time to vote out incumbents who won’t sign on for reforming Albany
Sunday, September 12th 2010
State Senate Democratic chief John Sampson’s last-minute leap onto Ed Koch’s reform bandwagon is a sure sign that New York’s political class is feeling the heat of throw-the-bums-out fever.
All of a sudden last week, Sampson endorsed the former mayor’s solid three-point plan for cleaning up Albany. Welcome to the right side of history, senator. Know that you will be held to your word.
Sampson’s turnaround came on the eve of elections in which lawmakers will face voters clamoring for a housecleaning at the Capitol.
New Yorkers can wield the broom in Tuesday’s primaries. While too many incumbents are going unchallenged, the Democratic nomination is up for grabs for 30 of New York City’s legislative seats – 21 in the Assembly and nine in the Senate.
Which is why Sampson scrambled to answer the growing outcry for fundamental change. And his wasn’t the only breakthrough.
Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos voluntarily disclosed details of his investment holdings, including the ballpark values of stocks in companies that do business with state government.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo refused the backing of the Working Families Party – a front for public employee unions and other special interests – unless it embraces taxpayer-friendly policies it has fought in the past.
And Democratic attorney general contender Eric Schneiderman declared himself a supporter of Cuomo’s agenda for smarter, more accountable government – even though the plan features steps, such as capping property levies and freezing state taxes, that Schneiderman has opposed.
Spotting the anti-incumbent groundswell early, Koch and his bipartisan group, New York Uprising, found a way to harness it as a force for postive change.
First they challenged every candidate for state office to pledge support in writing for bringing tougher ethics enforcement to the Legislature, imposing honest accounting rules on the state budget and, most importantly, ending the partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts that shields lawmakers from accountability.
Those who signed on the dotted line are Heroes of Reform. Those who failed are outed as Enemies of Reform.
In effect, Koch has smoked out the bums who are most in need of booting and tagged them for easy identification by the voting public.
Just as importantly, he has compelled scores of other candidates to put their pre-election reform promises in writing – in numbers large enough, if they keep their word, to constitute clear majorities in both the Assembly and Senate next year.
The stumbling block is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Insulated by his safe seat and lopsided Democratic majority, Silver has shrugged off calls for a better, cleaner Albany that echo across the state – leading Koch to dub him “the biggest Enemy of Reform in the State of New York.”
Sadly, Silver faces no primary challenge. But voters must still send him and other Enemies a message on Tuesday.
Go to nyuprising.com. Look up your local legislators. Find out who the worst bums are. And throw every one of them out.
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