Holding Government Accountable
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?
Professor Eric Lane/Hofstra University School of Law
"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."
Up the State Senate: 34 Proposals for Reinvigorating Democracy through
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEGISLATIVE RULE
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,
IN THE ASSEMBLY:
Legislative Bill Jacket, including "Introducer's Memorandum in Support
"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."
"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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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 --