Thursday, April 27, 2006

New York: Queens Assemblyman Gianaris' redistricting bill picks up more good government group support...

NYPD detectives' union backs Cuomo for AG
By:Adam Pincus 04/26/2006
Queens Times Ledger -- The union representing 15,000 active and retired New York City police detectives endorsed Andrew Cuomo for state attorney general Wednesday, a union official said.The Detectives Endowment Association, based in Manhattan, was the first law enforcement group in the city to endorse a candidate in the crowded field.Cuomo, 48, is one of six candidates vying to replace current Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.Cuomo is considered the leader in the field of Democrats for the primary election Sept. 12, which includes former city Public Advocate Mark Green; Rockland County attorney Charlie King; Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester); a former aide to President Bill Clinton, Sean Patrick Maloney; and Denise O'Donnell, former U.S. Attorney from Buffalo. more

Gianaris Gets Support In Redistrict Effort
Western Queens Gazette
Apr. 26, 2006 -- The campaign by Assembly member Michael Gianaris to reform the New York state legislative redistricting process got a boost last week when several civic groups issued a report which basically agrees with Gianaris' plan to transfer the authority to draw up new district lines from the state legislature to a nonpartisan, independent agency.
...The report backing up the contentions made by Gianaris in his legislation showed one way that both Assembly Democrats and Senate Republicans achieve their goals is by manipulating the size of districts to fit their individual goals.
In one report, Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), one of the groups that issued the report, said playing around with district sizes is legal, but not fair.
Other groups joining in issuing the report were the Citizens Union, Common Cause/N.Y. and the League of Women Voters. All support Gianaris' bill. ...

Clintons to Hit Campus in June
Service Organization Draws Political Heavy-Hitters to Annual Convention
By Owen Hearey Spectator Senior Staff Writer Columbia University
April 26, 2006 -- Former President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are just a few of the featured speakers slated to hit College Walk in June for Cyzygy ’06, the annual convention of City Year, a national youth service organization.
Columbia will host the event from June 13 to 17, offering over 1,500 members, staff, and alumni of City Year the opportunity to “celebrate the power within each of us to be the change through service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship,” according to the group’s Web site....

Westchester Independence Party members allege corruption
THE JOURNAL NEWSApril 27, 2006 -- WHITE PLAINS — A splinter wing of the Westchester County Independence Party is calling for federal, state and local investigators to launch a probe into the party's finances and the actions of Giulio Cavallo, one of the party's founders and its de facto head.
Nader Sayegh, who helped form the Westchester Independence Party with Cavallo and once served as a chairman before losing a power struggle several years ago, offered no hard evidence of fraud committed by Cavallo or the party. He questioned, however, the party's motives and expenditures under Cavallo's leadership.

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