Friday, April 30, 2010

Candidates say no to gerrymandering

From the Daily News:

New York has become a State of Shame largely because lawmakers have rigged the system to solidify their hold on office.

They make it extraordinarily difficult for challengers to get on the ballot. They take advantage of lax campaign finance rules to amass huge war chests. They use public moneys to make grants that buy local support.

And, when the census is completed every 10 years, they ruthlessly exploit the redrawing of lines for Senate, Assembly and congressional districts for partisan and personal advantage.

The commitments won by Koch from expected Democratic contender Andrew Cuomo and Republicans Rick Lazio, Steve Levy and Carl Paladino are aimed at preventing legislators from engaging in this abuse.

The lawmakers elected this November must know that business as usual is not an option when they next draw the lines in 2012. They must hear that the days of overstuffing some districts with voters and understuffing others are over. That drawing bizarre boundaries to protect buddies and maximize party power will not be tolerated.


Anonymous said...

This practice must stop - it disruptive to citizens shifted about and it protects the politican turf as it suits him/her as is the case for Re Crowley (his district spread from Queens to include poor areas of the Bronx) and Assemblywoman Markey who's district shifted several blocks to include Maspeth and less so Elmhurst. Both remain entrenched and run unopposed in their areas. Crowley's become a big wig who only appears in Elmhurst near election time and anointed several idiot criminals for office such as former State Sen. Monsserate (girl friend slasher/beater). Crowley was slow to disavow him or distance himself from this candidate.

Patrick Sweeney said...

"an independent, nonpartisan commission - a solution that legislative bosses have always laughed off.

They always laugh it off because, since legislative bosses get to pick who gets on a "independent, nonpartisan commission" -- it will be anything but.

Anonymous said...

In my state of California, voting districts are so heavily gerrymandered that the election process itself has become a cruel joke. And yet, few voters understand. It is about time for a film like this.