Common Cause New York

Voter Protection Efforts Are In Place

Nov 8, 2016
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Various organizations in New York have voter protection operations in place for Election Day.  So far, problems at the polls, especially in the New York City area, are being described as routine.

On this presidential primary day, the New York Attorney General’s office has already received a higher number of calls and complaints than for past elections. And the office expects more given the state’s closed primary system. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, good government groups want to see the system changed.

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Supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say the amendment will help prevent rampant partisan gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the New York Senate and  Assembly. The groups Citizens Union and League of Women Voters are making voters aware of the amendment and giving them reasons why voters should approve the measure.

ALBANY – Common Cause/NY makes it clear that it neither supports nor opposes legalizing casino gaming in New York, but it does believe that gaming interests that contributed $3.2 million to politicians and committees, is over the top.

Voters will have an opportunity on Election Day to say ‘yeah’ or ‘nay’ on the issue of gaming.  Common Cause/NY’s “Moreland Monday” analysis says gambling interests are stacking the deck in favor of passage, according to spokeswoman Susan Lerner.

Cuomo, Legislature Already Winners From Casinos

Oct 8, 2013
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A new report shows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo collected more than $361,000 dollars and the Legislature raked in over $1 million dollars from gambling interests leading up to the November 5th referendum that would legalize more casinos.

Common Cause New York compiled the campaign contribution totals from 2011 to July 2013.