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Monday, 7 January 2013, 9:36 pm

TESTIMONY OF BRIAN PAUL, RESEARCH AND POLICY COORDINATOR, COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE THE NYC DISTRICTING COMMISSION, JANUARY 7TH MANHATTAN

TESTIMONY OF BRIAN PAUL, RESEARCH AND POLICY COORDINATOR, COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE THE NYC DISTRICTING COMMISSION,  JANUARY 7TH MANHATTAN My name is Brian Paul and I’m the Research and Policy Coordinator at Common Cause/NY, a nonpartisan citizens’ lobby and a leading force in the battle for honest and accountable government.  Thank you for the opportunity to [...]

Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 8:00 pm

Common Cause/NY Statement in Response to Districting Commission’s Decision to Revise Maps

In response to the Districting Commission’s decision to revise the draft plan for New York City, Common Cause/NY Executive Director, Susan Lerner released the following statement: “The Districting Commission must make comprehensive changes to the problem areas of the entire map, taking into account public input and other criticism, to produce a better plan for [...]

Wednesday, 21 November 2012, 7:22 pm

Common Cause/NY Statement on Vito Lopez and NYC Redistricting Plan

In response to news reports that the Districting Commission made eleventh hour changes to the proposed map for New York City Council regarding Vito Lopez, Common Cause/NY released the following statement: “The fact that the Districting Commission has gone out of its way to accommodate Vito Lopez is bad enough, but even worse considering the [...]

Tuesday, 20 November 2012, 7:20 pm

Common Cause/NY Statement on NYC Proposed Redistricting Maps

On November 15th, the Districting Commission released its revised proposed map for the 2013 redistricting of the New York City Council. Although the maps for Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island represent a reasonable proposal based on Charter criteria and population statistics, the plan for Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx continues to be problematic.There are [...]

Thursday, 4 October 2012, 5:45 pm

TESTIMONY OF BRIAN PAUL, RESEARCH AND POLICY COORDINATOR, COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE THE NYC DISTRICTING COMMISSION

TESTIMONY OF BRIAN PAUL, RESEARCH AND POLICY COORDINATOR, COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE THE NYC DISTRICTING COMMISSION OCTOBER 4, 2012, MANHATTAN My name is Brian Paul and I’m the Research and Policy Coordinator at Common Cause/NY, a nonpartisan citizens’ lobby and a leading force in the battle for honest and accountable government.  Thank you for the opportunity [...]

Monday, 23 April 2012, 3:00 pm

Common Cause/NY Files Challenge to 63rd Senate District

Common Cause/NY Files Challenge to 63rd Senate District Gibson Dunn Will Lead Effort In Court Common Cause/NY, an outspoken advocate for redistricting reform, filed a “Friend of the Court” brief to challenge a public law to expand the size of the New York State Senate. The filing was made this morning by the international law [...]

Tuesday, 20 March 2012, 6:02 pm

NEW YORK STATE’S NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS

The Court’s independent, transparent, non-partisan process produces a map that closely resembles the Common Cause Reform Plan and is a win for the public interest. Against all odds, New Yorkers are set to benefit from an independent, non-partisan Congressional redistricting plan. In an outcome that no one would have predicted at this time last year, [...]

Monday, 12 March 2012, 3:00 pm

Common Cause Calls Proposed Constitutional Amendment “Unacceptable”

The proposed Constitutional Amendment is a far cry from independent redistricting, with final approval of the maps squarely in the hands of the legislature. This is not reform let alone even an improvement. This is change for change’s sake. The so called “independent commission” is not independent at all, but rather a proxy for the [...]

Tuesday, 6 March 2012, 3:00 pm

Common Cause/NY Statement on Special Master Mann’s Proposed Congressional Map

Common Cause/NY Statement on Special Master Mann’s Proposed Congressional Map “Common Cause/NY is pleased to see that the Special Master included many of our suggestions to accomplish in days what the Legislature could not do in months: produce a fair map which prioritizes communities of interest and reflects the regional make-up of New York State. [...]

Monday, 5 March 2012, 3:00 pm

Common Cause/NY Urges Court to Reject Incumbency Protection as a Factor in Redistricting

Common Cause/NY Urges Court to Reject Incumbency Protection as a Factor in Redistricting Issues amicus letter to United States Magistrate Judge and Special Master Common Cause/NY submitted an amicus letter to the Honorable Roanne Mann, United States Magistrate Judge and Special Master, regarding criteria to consider in the redistricting process. Common Cause/NY is represented by [...]

Thursday, 16 February 2012, 3:00 pm

TESTIMONY OF SAM MAGAVERN, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD AND MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE (BUFFALO)

TESTIMONY OF SAM MAGAVERN, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD AND MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE BEFORE LATFOR, BUFFALO, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 Good morning, my name is Sam Magavern. I’m a Buffalo resident. I co-direct the Partnership for the Public Good, which unites 108 community groups interested in good public policy for Buffalo Niagara [...]

Wednesday, 15 February 2012, 3:01 pm

TESTIMONY OF RICHARD GILBERT, MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY (ROCHESTER)

TESTIMONY FOR THE LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE ON REDISTRICTING Richard S. Gilbert – 70 Harper Street – Rochester, NY 14607-3142 Monroe County Office Building – Rochester, NY February 15, 2012 I’m the Rev. Richard Gilbert, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, and live at 70 Harper Street in Rochester. I have lived and worked in the city [...]

Wednesday, 15 February 2012, 3:00 pm

TESTIMONY OF JOHN KEEVERT, MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY (ROCHESTER)

TESTIMONY OF JOHN KEEVERT, MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE LATFOR, FEBRUARY 15, 2012, ROCHESTER, NY My name is John Keevert. I am a resident of Rochester and a member of Common Cause/NY. I am testifying on behalf of the almost 20,000 Common Cause/NY members. Common Cause, in New York and around the country, is a [...]

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 3:00 pm

TESTIMONY OF DONALD GOULET, MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY (SYRACUSE)

TESTIMONY OF DONALD GOULET, MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE LATFOR, FEBRUARY 13, 2012, SYRACUSE, NY Good morning, my name is Donald Goulet and I am a member of Common Cause. Thank you for the opportunity to testify. I want to take the opportunity presented by this hearing to compare and contrast the LATFOR State Legislature [...]

Thursday, 9 February 2012, 11:00 am

TESTIMONY OF BRIAN PAUL, RESEARCH AND POLICY COORDINATOR OF COMMON CAUSE/NY (LONG ISLAND)

TESTIMONY OF BRIAN PAUL, RESEARCH AND POLICY COORDINATOR OF COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE LATFOR, FEBRUARY 9, 2012, SMITHTOWN, NY My name is Brian Paul and I am the Research and Policy Coordinator at Common Cause NY. Thank you for the opportunity to testify here in Long Island today. When we at Common Cause decided to draw [...]

Tuesday, 7 February 2012, 3:00 pm

TESTIMONY OF SAM MASSOL, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF COMMON CAUSE/NY (QUEENS)

TESTIMONY OF SAM MASSOL, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE LATFOR, FEBRUARY 7, 2012, QUEENS, NY My name is Sam Massol and I am the Associate Director of Common Cause/NY. Thank you for the opportunity to testify here in Queens. At each LATFOR hearing thus far, Common Cause has provided testimony comparing the LATFOR Drafts [...]

Thursday, 2 February 2012, 3:00 pm

TESTIMONY OF SUSAN RUBINSTEIN,BOARD CHAIR OF COMMON CAUSE/NY (MANHATTAN)

TESTIMONY OF SUSAN RUBINSTEIN,BOARD CHAIR OF COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE LATFOR, FEBRUARY 2, 2012, MANHATTAN, NY My name is Susan Rubinstein.  I currently serve as Board Chair of Common Cause New York.  Thank you for the opportunity to testify today about an issue that affects two principles on which our representative democracy is based: first, the [...]

Wednesday, 1 February 2012, 3:00 pm

TESTIMONY OF ELEANOR MORETTA, BOARD MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY (BROOKLYN)

TESTIMONY OF ELEANOR MORETTA, BOARD MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE LATFOR, FEBRUARY 1, 2012, BROOKLYN, NY My name is Eleanor Moretta and I’m a board member of Common Cause NY. Thank you for allowing me to testify. I am a long-time resident of Brooklyn and have been an activist in my community for many years. [...]

Tuesday, 31 January 2012, 3:00 pm

TESTIMONY OF SEAN COFFEY, BOARD MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY AND CHAIR OF CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE (BRONX)

TESTIMONY OF SEAN COFFEY, BOARD MEMBER OF COMMON CAUSE/NY AND CHAIR OF CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE BEFORE LATFOR, JANUARY 31, 2012, BRONX, NY My name is Sean Coffey. I currently serve as a member of the board of Common Cause New York. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today about a matter that goes to [...]

Monday, 30 January 2012, 3:00 pm

TESTIMONY OF SUSAN LERNER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMON CAUSE/NY (ALBANY)

TESTIMONY OF SUSAN LERNER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMON CAUSE/NY BEFORE LATFOR, ALBANY, January 30, 2012 Thank you for allowing me to testify. I am Susan Lerner, the Executive Director of Common Cause/New York, a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization. As an organization whose core mission is to help advance policies that allow citizens to make their [...]