Category Archives: Press Releases
New Roosevelt founder Bill Samuels with a coalition of progressive groups and young activists rallied Saturday afternoon at Riverfront Green Park Pavilion in the City of Peekskill in Putnam Republican State Senator Greg Ball’s district demanding that he keep his word to pass Independent Redistricting in the state legislature.
Senator Jack Martins pledged to pass redistricting reform yet refuses to make good on his word; now his fellow Republicans in the Nassau County Legislature are following his lead.
Warns State Senators who have made Ed Koch’s “Enemies of Reform” that they will be potential targets of New Roosevelt Initiative protests if they do not comply with the pledge and pass redistricting reform during current session for the 2012 election cycle and not the 2022 cycle.
A coalition of local and statewide reform activists protest at Nassau Republican State Senator Jack Martin’s district office to pressure the newly elected Senator to live up to signing Ed Koch’s NY Uprising pledge and pass independent redistricting; Koch applauds … Continue reading
The failure of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his Senate Republicans to consider and publicly support a petition by Rules Committee members to have a public hearing on Governor Cuomo’s Redistricting Reform bill is a censorious action that proves they have no real interest allowing a public debate on the issue.
Advocates Cuomo use political capital to persuade a few Senate Republicans to vote for the bill while simultaneously adding the plan to his budget proposal before Thursday deadline to increase pressure on the GOP caucus; Urges Cuomo to line-item veto additional funding for LATFOR to force a resolution; Samuels calls on GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos to immediately voice any legitimate objections to the bill, so they can be debated by the Rules Committee
The current Democratic leadership in Albany must face the fact that they had an opportunity to pass a reform agenda while controlling the State Senate, Assembly and the Governor’s mansion and almost nothing got done. In November voters responded accordingly.
Until Democrats and Republican in Albany demonstrate tangible results on reform issues neither party will gain the confidence of the voters.
Bill Samuels, founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative, publicly called on disgraced, now-indicted State Senator Pedro Espada to forgo using his remaining campaign funds to establish a legal defense fund on his own behalf to fight prosecution from the Department of Justice and New York Attorney General. As of his last filing on September 3rd, Espada, who was arraigned on federal corruption charges in Brooklyn on Tuesday, had almost $300,000 left in his campaign committee account.
Today disgraced, soon-to-be ex-State Senator Pedro Espada publicly reappeared for one of the first times since losing his primary and issued his annual Majority Leader Report. In an accompanying statement, Espada laughably attempts to claim victories on reform issues as a result of his switching parties in the summer of 2009.
Bill Samuels, founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative, testified in Albany before the State Senate Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, calling on lawmakers to pass independent redistricting legislation as soon as possible and include a constitutional amendment on redistricting so that the reforms cannot be simply ignored by the next legislature. Samuels also outlined five State Senate Districts—7th, 11th, 38th, 46th, and 49th—that he predicts will be targeted for gerrymandering in the next redistricting plan, further proving the need for an independent redistricting solution, which includes a pledge by lawmakers that they will not meddle with what is presented to them.