Plan To Create A Dedicated Full-Time Albany Legislature Modeled After Congress To Help Recruit Best And Brightest To Serve And Create Nation’s Best Legislature
“We must realize that a part-time legislature in Albany simply has not worked, will never work and, it in fact, enabled corruption,” Samuels says. “To compliment Campaign Finance Reform and begin to restore trust and bring professionalism to Albany, we must take the equally important step to fulfill the century-old FDR ideal and make the legislature a full-time endeavor with outside income restrictions.”
Accept no less that 601 matching funds, a complete ban on corporate and LLC donations, and ensure it takes effect before his 2014 campaign.
In light of yesterday’s arrest of Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith and others, Bill Samuels, founder of the reform Albany organization New Roosevelt and co-founder of Effective NY, today again pressured Governor Cuomo to announce a specific plan for Campaign Finance Reform and publicly lead a statewide tour to build support for its passage among voters and lawmakers during the current Albany legislative session.
Assembly GOP Minority Leader Brian Kolb is on the House floor and he’s railing against the Message of Necessity that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would need to sign in order to get a gun control package through tonight, which is looking increasingly likely.
Two days ahead of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and reform advocate Bill Samuels announced a new campaign finance reform proposal: a grand bargain that can accomplish Governor Cuomo’s previously-stated goal of a true “fair elections” matching-funds system, without running afoul of some legislators’ objections to taxpayer funding of elections. Read the Whitepaper.
Statement Against the Cuomo Redistricting Amendment speaking at the Rockefeller Institute Conference on Constitutional Change
In a speech given today at a conference at the Rockefeller Institute which debated the forthcoming constitutional amendments on expanding Casino Gambling and Redistricting Reform, Bill Samuels, Founder, New Roosevelt and Co-Founder, EffectiveNY, advocated that the legislature should not pass for a second time the current redistricting reform amendment.
New York State Constitution Conference to Debate Critical Issues of Expanding Casino Gambling and Redistricting Reform at Nov 29th Gathering in Albany
Leading State University, Think Tank and Good Government Groups join together to host conference about the future of the New York State Constitution and the importance of the forthcoming Amendments to be addressed by the Albany legislature in 2013 session
Ahead of the New York State legislature’s 2013 session, where legislators will consider second passage of two major constitutional amendments — casino gambling and redistricting — some of the state’s leading academic, think tank and government institutions announced today a public policy conference to discuss and debate the potential impact of these amendments, other recently advanced ideas for constitutional change and how to best reform the New York State constitution.
The conference, which will be held at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany on November 29th is sponsored by Effective NY.org, Center for Research, Regional Education & Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY- New Paltz, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Government Law Center at the Albany Law School.
Learn more or RSVP at EffectiveNY.org/Events
Chaos at Polls on Election Day Caused by Faulty NYS Constitutional Requirement for Bipartisan Board of Elections Says Expert Gerald Benjamin
Political Party Patronage at Heart of Board of Elections Dysfunction Which is Set forth in State Constitution and Requires Amendment
New Paltz, NY – Joining Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials in calls to fix the continuing chaos at poll sites in New York City and across the state, expert on New York State government Professor Gerald Benjamin of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz, suggests a Constitutional Amendment as the only way to end the historical bi-partisan political party patronage at the heart of long standing problems with the Board of Elections.
“The New York State Constitution is exceptional in that it establishes a bi-partisan board to administer elections,” said Professor Benjamin. “The potential for abuse of the system comes into view with every election, and the process of elections administration can affect the outcomes of individual races or initiatives.”
New York, NY – Bill Samuels, founder of the reform Albany organization New Roosevelt, today called on Governor Cuomo to pass the latest Albany assembly bill designed to bring an immediate solution for the more nearly 1,000 New York City Off Track Betting retirees who lost their health benefits last year when the system was shutdown. Some OTB retirees are currently paying more than $2200 month, to receive medical coverage on their own, an amount that exceeds many of their individual monthly pensions.
New Roosevelt Bill Samuels Calls on Governor Cuomo to Set an Example on Campaign Finance and to Immediately Stop Taking Corporate Donations
Review of latest campaign finance report shows Governor Cuomo has taken 509 corporate contributions totaling more than $1.4 million since taking office; Samuels says cessation of corporate donations will demonstrate that Cuomo truly serious about becoming more aggressive on CFR
Bill Samuels, founder of the reform Albany organization New Roosevelt, today called on Cuomo to start setting an example on Campaign Finance Reform immediately by declaring he would no longer take corporate contributions and he should urge other elected officials to do the same.
Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Decision to Forego Further Use of Message of Necessity this Legislative Session
Bill Samuels, one of the founders of, Effective NY, a non-partisan organization dedicated to helping New Yorkers create a more effective State Constitution, applauded reports that Governor Cuomo has told Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos that he will not further invoke the Message of Necessity clause in the State Constitution during the legislature’s closing session.