Sunday, April 10, 2011

Why New Yorkers Don't Vote, Sucking Power Out of Neighborhoods, Decreasing Turnout Data



Taylor Swift Fell 1, 951,246 Voters Short of Becoming NYS Governor
New York City voters wrote in Mario Cuomo, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama and even the fictional Francis Underwood from “House of Cards” in this year’s governor’s race, theTimes Union reports:  * Taylor Swift, Dr. Craig Spencer, Francis Underwood get write-in votes in state governor race(NYDN) * When told that @ZephyrTeachout got over 1100write-in votes for governor, Cuomo replied, "Haters gonna hate,hate..." (NYDN)





Schneiderman Should Ask the Citizens Why They Stopped Voting
Schneiderman plansprobe into New York'slow voter turnout (NYDN) State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to find out why the state's voter turnout was just under 30% on Election Day. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is planning to probe why New York’s voter turnout was so low on Election Day.  Schneiderman, during a radio interview Thursday, expressed alarm that so few voters took part in the election and said he wanted to investigate what impediments might be keeping people from the ballot box.

 We don’t have voter ID laws, and yet we are always on the bottom of the list in terms of voter participation,” Schneiderman, a Democrat, said on public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom.” Pay RaiseAG Eric Schneiderman backs pay raise for state lawmakers * If all state legislators are going to do is pick taxpayers’ pockets by traveling to Albany to give themselves a raise, they should give up the idea of a special session and just stay home, the Buffalo News writes: * AG Backs Legislative Pay Raises(YNN)

The NYT Should Interview Janet Gamble Who Stopped Voting Because Campaigns Full of Lies Have No Connection to Governing

New York's Falling Voter Participation Rate is A Canary in the Coal Mine Warning for Our Failing City and Democracy
2013 Was the Lowest Turnout Since Women Given Right to Vote . .
200,000 Votes Less Than 2009


The NYT Offers Nonsense Excuses But, Ignores A Broken Election System As the Reason Why Citizens Are Not Voting
The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years(NYT Ed) New York tied for third-worst : The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years Republicans ran a single-theme campaign of pure opposition to President Obama, and Democrats were too afraid of the backlash to put forward plans to revive the economy or to point out significant achievements of the last six years. Neither party gave voters an affirmative reason to show up at the polls. Showing up at the polls is the best way to counter the oversized influence of wealthy special interests, who dominate politics as never before. But to encourage participation, politicians need to stop suppressing the vote, make the process of voting as easy as possible, and run campaigns that stand for something..* Forty Years of Freefall in New York Voter Turnout (Gotham Gazette)



OPINION: Why I will no longer vote in NYC
By Janet Gamble  For Brooklyn Daily Eagle

I have been voting in New York City for nearly 30 years, and now I feel no need to vote here ever again.  As a voter, you put your hope and trust in the person you cast your ballot for and want so badly ... so very badly, that they will try to come through for you.  But now I see how stupid and naive I was. Now I see it is not the voters that some New York politicians are working for — its rich, real estate interests. They are the official owners of New York politics.  It's not hard to see the damage these people have caused the average New Yorker. Affordable housing is almost non-existent in every borough. Once-beautiful historic blocks of brownstone housing are now dotted with newly constructed houses that resemble ugly cereal boxes. The well-off New Yorker has their pick of luxury housing, which brings me to the reason I will no longer vote.


Long Island College Hospital (LICH) has just been sold to a developer who donated money to Gov. Cuomo. Several other companies were supposed to bid on running this hospital, but trumped up excuses were made against the first two bidders and they were passed over in favor of a company that donated the most money to the governor. This should be a scandal and fodder for whoever is running against the governor this year...but it won't be. Who is going to investigate this?  No one... not when you've pretty much hired everyone who could investigate you.   Our current mayor got himself arrested last year, protesting the closing of this hospital, but I knew it was just a stunt to gain attention ... and it worked. I voted for him with the silly hope that he would at least try to save the hospital, and when he negotiated a deal for different companies to bid for running the hospital, I had hope again...silly, silly hope.  When the bidders were rejected under odd circumstances, I knew where this ship was heading and that Gov. Cuomo was at the helm. While I am not sure if the mayor knew how crooked this deal was, his silence was loud enough. In the old days of Hollywood movies, the good guys and bad guys were always clearly seen and most of the time, there was a happy ending. But in this movie, the people (politicians) who we thought were the good guys, turned out to be the bad guys... and there is no happy ending.

The Central Park Horses Are Treated Better Than the Voters In This City
There are good politicians, on both sides, who do want to fight for us. But the rich control the rest, and they will not let anything good happen. There is this mix of emotion that I feel about this: anger, frustration, sadness and hopelessness. When you see thousands of good people losing their jobs and a community losing its hospital — knowing that the people you voted for are the cause of this ... knowing that they betrayed you, just because you were stupid enough to trust them — there is this gnawing ache … an ache of inferiority. Because I, and the average, non-rich, New Yorker, mean nothing to these people ... nothing.  I know there are those who will say that if I don't vote then I should not complain when nothing changes. Well I did vote...and I voted for term limits in New York City. I signed the petition to make it a law and voted for term limits, twice. 

Then I watched our former, rich mayor strong-arm the city council into overturning that law. No, no more. I will never put my faith in any of these people ever again. Some people will also say, “Just find another hospital.” Why? My luck in picking hospitals is not that great! Nearly every hospital that was affiliated with the doctor I chose has closed. St. Mary's in Brooklyn, St. John’s in Queens and now, LICH. So, I think I'll be doing you hospitals a favor by not going to you at all!   I know now that I am invisible ... a nobody ... worthless... left to vent my anger in a letter that hardly anyone will see.  LICH was nearly 160 years old. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and even the skyline of Manhattan did not exist when this hospital saw its first patient.  How ironic to see it fall just because of the view that grew up before it. It was one of the first hospitals to use anesthesia. One of the first hospitals to use a dedicated ambulance corps.  Every woman in this country should be angry because, the very first hospital that felt women need special care, too, gave us the first doctor of gynecology.  Soon, this will be gone, replaced with luxury condos that only the richest among us can afford.  And when that first bulldozer comes to tear down this historic place, I will bury my voter's registration card in its rubble. Thank you, governor ... thank you, mayor ... for nothing.

Signed,
Janet Gamble,  AKA Nobody
Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn
Janet Gamble, a Crown Heights resident, was born in East New York and raised in Bed-Stuy. She has had two surgeries at LICH.  


NY Dems Blame Low Turnout 
State Senate Democrats cited low turnout, a strong national showing by Republicans and a GOP playbook dividing upstate and downstate in explaining their electoral losses, the Times Union reports: 
Fredric U. Dicker ‏@fud31  NYT: "Republican Takeover of Senate May Aid Andrew Cuomo’s Centrist Brand."
AP:"Cuomo's liberal agenda faces divided Legislature."



Another Daily News Story About Falling Vote Turnoout . . .  Without Giving Reasons Who New Yorkers are Giving Up Voting 
 Mandate? Cuomo did worse than de Blasio in New York City  Cuomo got 1.9 million votes — about a million less than when he was first elected four years ago. Also, Remington confirms tough gun laws led to its expansion out of state. Just 18 percent of the state’s 10.8 million registered voters actually voted for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who beat Republican Rob Astorino by 13 points and he only got 743,679 votes in New York City, compared to de Blasio’s 795,679 votes in 2013, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports: *Steve Cohen's words about de Blasio 'mandate' come back to haunt Gov. Cuomo



New Yorkers Says Fuck You to Big Brother Threats to Vote 

Pols Tried to Avoid Shame and Analysis of Low Vote Turnout
NY breaks lowest voter turnout record in governors race(NYP) New York voters shattered a record in Tuesday’s elections — but no one’s going to be bragging about it. This record is for the lowest turnout in a New York gubernatorial election in the modern era. Only 3.7 million people bothered to go to the polls — the fewest since the state Board of Elections began keeping precise tallies in the 1970s. That means only about one-third of the state’s 10.8 million active voters filled out ballots to re-elect Gov. Cuomo.Gov. Andrew Cuomo won re-election with what is probably the fewest number of votes of any New York governor since Franklin Roosevelt in 1930 Democrats ‘Shame’ Voters With Mailers (WSJ) Pre-Halloween Scare Comes Via Postcards and Letters.  Democratic Party mailers sent to more than 800,000 NewYorkers gave them grades on how often they voted (WSJ)

Not Voting Is A Protest Against An Election System That Only Gives Us Broken Promises
The Post’s Bob McManus notes that Cuomo racked up thefewest votes recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate in New York since FDR in 1930, but that he still was in “the catbird seat” after the election: *Democratic voter complains about pushy ‘vote or else’ letter(NYP) He kicked their ass to the ballot box! One registered Democrat filed a furious complaint letter with the state’s Board of Elections after his party tried to shame him into voting this Tuesday with an intimidating letter. “I am incensed. How DARE the NYS Democratic Committee send me such a letter. It is none of their business whether I vote or not, or why I may choose not to vote,” wrote Tom Gris of Brooklyn. “This use of intimidation and shame tactics to spur votership has to stop. In fact, I may choose to not vote this November 4th just because of this letter.



Bully GOTV Shows Contempt for the Voters By Democratic Leaders

Elected Officials Do Not Want to Be Embarrassed By A Low Turnout So They Scare the Voters
Democrats threaten public shaming to get voters to polls(NYP) The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday. “Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says. “We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.” It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.” The woman also received a report card of her voting record, pointing out that she had failed to vote in two of the last four elections. Overall, the notices were sent out to 1 million registered Democrats who had failed to vote in previous midterm elections, according to the group.* Do those ‘we know whether you voted’ warnings actually work?An expert weighs in. (Wash Post)


Pols Like Low Voter Turnouts 
New Yorkers Held Hostage By Their Election System

New York’s Miserable Voter Turnout Isn’t an Accident (NYT)Incompetent Albany politicians like the system just the way it is. 

As PACs Suck Power Away From Local Communities, Centralizing Campaigns In the Hands of Lobbyists and Special Interests 

The Daily News Says PACs Have Not Been A Game Changer (Depends Which Game You Care About)
 The influx of independent PACs—which can raise and spend as much as they want for statewide and legislative races as long as they don’t coordinate with the campaigns—has hardly been the game-changer some expected, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports:  *State Senate PACs  Coalition pushing for Democrat-controlled state Senate setto begin campaign mailings(NYDN)*  An independent expenditure group recently set up by education reform advocates associated with StudentsFirstNY has raised $1.75 million over the past week to pour into New York’s November elections—and is likely to help Senate Republicans, Crain’s reports: *Charter-schools group poised to aid Senate GOP 

 The healthcare workers union 1199 SEIU has endorsed Brooklyn GOP Sen. Marty Golden for re-election, in spite of a vow earlier this year to work exclusively toward helping the Democrats win the majority.
The NYC-based consulting firm BerlinRosen Public Affairs is establishing a new digital practice headed by former Obama campaign staffer Josh Cook.*IDC PAC Funds Bronx County-Backed Assembly Candidates(NYO) Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos outlined the successes of coalition rule, an indication that he isn’t ready to write off the Independent Democratic Conference just yet, State of Politics reports:  * De Blasio: Not SoDangerous (YNN) If you look at his agenda, I think it’s dangerous for this state,” Skelos said. “You have his candidates running for the Senate or running for re-election around this state.”  Obviously, de Blasio disagrees, saying full control of the Senate by Democrats would help middle-income people.




NY's Incumbent Protection Party 

New York’sIncumbent Party — can’t throw the bums out(NYP) There come moments, H.L. Mencken once wrote, when men must rise above principle. For New York, this may be one of those moments. Here’s the problem: Today a single party maintains its grip over Albany by rigging the electoral maps. It’s called the Incumbent Party, and it includes Republicans and Democrats alike. In theory, voters go to the polls to choose their representatives. In practice, legislative control over redistricting often means incumbents choosing their voters. And data-driven technology makes it easier and easier for them to do it. In 2010, California opted for a citizens’ commission to reform a redistricting process skewed, like New York’s, to favor incumbents. The next year, Pro Publica ran a story exposing how Democrats had gamed the reform. “Skilled political professionals armed with modern mapping software and detailed voter information,” the story said, “managed to replicate the results of the smoke-filled rooms of old.” Truth is, any completely independent commission would by definition also be completely unaccountable. It also means recognizing the problem will only get worse. Long before he was indicted on federal bribery charges and became one of the few incumbents to lose a primary, state Sen. Malcolm Smith had admitted that if Democrats got control of both houses at redistricting time, they’d “draw the lines so that Republicans will be in oblivion in the state of New York for the next 20 years.” But instead of looking for one big magic fix, New Yorkers would be better off recognizing that even if this reform would help, it’s only one of a series of measures needed to put the squeeze on Albany’s Incumbent Party. 

Others include ending rules that now allow third parties to cross-endorse a candidate already on the ballot as a Democrat or Republican — which only gives incumbents another line on the ballot they can buy. Goo-goos should also have no problem with another simple measure: requiring full disclosure of all outside income — and its sources — for our part-time legislators.Incumbents might have a more difficult time being returned to office if their challengers could point voters to the connections between an incumbent’s votes and the people who are paying him the big bucks. The challenge of gerrymandering, of course, is as old as American democracy, going back to accusations that Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry in 1789 tried to design Virginia’s voting districts so as to deprive Federalist James Madison of a seat in Congress. No one’s yet found the cure, and even champions of the one on New York’s ballot will concede this one isn’t perfect. But it sure looks more promising than the rotten status quo. * Carl Paladino announced Thursday he will host a reception for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Sept. 30, which will include an appearance by Texas governor Rick Perry, Capital New York reports * Sharpening his rhetoric, Republican challenger John Cahill said Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was "complicit" in the sexual harassment of legislative staffers allegedly committed by former Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Times Union reports: 


* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will examine why New York’s voter turnout was so low on Election Day, and said that despite not having voter ID laws, the state is “always at the bottom of the list,” the Daily News reports:http://goo.gl/YSJP1M


It Has Gotten to Threatening Voters Who Don't Think It Matters So Pols Can Avoid Embarrassment Caused By Low Turn Outs 
Democrats decry ''lazy'' NYC voter remarks as they send Democrats a million threatening letters telling them not to be too lazy to vote . . .  Sources said that the menacing letter sent out to a million New York Democrats to bully them into voting was written by a top campaign strategist who was appointed by Cuomo himself
Democratic voter complains about pushy ‘vote or else’ letter(NYP) He kicked their ass to the ballot box! One registered Democrat filed a furious complaint letter with the state’s Board of Elections after his party tried to shame him into voting this Tuesday with an intimidating letter. “I am incensed. How DARE the NYS Democratic Committee send me such a letter. It is none of their business whether I vote or not, or why I may choose not to vote,” wrote Tom Gris of Brooklyn. “This use of intimidation and shame tactics to spur votership has to stop. In fact, I may choose to not vote this November 4th just because of this letter.”*Author of Democrats’ ‘threatening’ letter identified (NYP) “There’s infighting going on, a definite circular firing squad over the mailer and a sense of panic over it in Cuomo’s camp right now,” the insider continued. The governor claimed on Friday that he was not aware of the campaign mailer. But a senior Democrat called Cuomo’s claim “laughable” and noted, “Nothing like this could possibly be done without Andrew’s OK.” "There was a 6% turnout in NYC for the public advocaterace, which is what Tish James currently occupies." (TU) * Democrats ‘Shame’ Voters With Mailers (WSJ) Pre-Halloween Scare Comes Via Postcards and Letters. 

The mailers have proven particularly effective in competitive races, increasing voter turnout by as much as eight percentage points, according to a Yale University study in 2008. Mr. Cuomo, in Syracuse on Friday, offered no criticism of the mailers. “I haven’t seen the mailer so I don’t know exactly what it is, but it’s my understanding that…there’s nothing new about this or novel about this,” he said. “But I don’t see how it can be bad when you’re telling people, exercise your franchise.” The language used in the mailers bothered some Democratic Party officials. The end of one of the letters reads: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.” “I think that last line has a threatening tone to it,” said Jay Jacobs, chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Committee in Long Island, where some of the mailers were sent. “I don’t think that’s the way we go about it.” Analysts said the mailers could backfire. “It’s just dumb,” said Gerald Benjamin, a professor of political science at SUNY-New Paltz.

 “Citizens rightly believe their vote is a private matter and this could cause some voters to see this as an excessive scrutiny of their behavior.”The letter warned voters that the party would be keeping tabs on who goes to the polls on Tuesday. Several Democrats told The Post the letter was part of Cuomo’s effort to turn out a larger Democratic vote amid widespread concerns of voter apathy. Neal Kwatra, appointed by Cuomo to be the state Democratic Party’s chief campaign strategist, was identified by two key Democratic insiders as the “author” of the mailer. “It was the brainchild of Neal Kwatra,” said one of the insiders. “He wrote the letter and sent it out, and now other Cuomo people are trying to distance themselves from it.”* Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a labor-fueled rally in Times Square, seized on Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin’s remark that New York City voters are “lazy,” using it to fire up the crowd ahead of tomorrow’s election, theObserver reports:  * Democratic Party mailers sent to more than 800,000 NewYorkers gave them grades on how often they voted (WSJ)


NYC Voters Are Disconnected From Their Own Believes 
New York's Voters
Cuomo Connected to Corruption
We Support Cuomo
Cuomo Emerges Unhurt From Morelandgate Scandal; Dem Primary Challenger Unknown 
More voters see Gov. Cuomo as part of New York's corruption problem, not solution: Quinnipiac Poll(NYDN)
Fully half of voters in the new poll say they disapprove of the way the incumbent Democrat is handling government ethics, while only 39% say he's doing the right thing.


That's a total reversal from the May 22 Q poll, when 48% of voters approved and 34% disapproved. Despite the souring views of his ability to muck out the Albany cesspool, Cuomo is still wrecking all challengers in the Democratic primary and November general election, Quinnipiac found in the latest survey. Cuomo still holds a 56 to 28 lead over Republican gubernatorial challenger Rob Astorino despite almost half of voters saying Cuomo is part of the corruption problem in the state, a new Quinnipiac poll found* Polls continue to show huge lead for Cuomo over Astorino(NYP)


Even With Teachout Protest Vote Turnout Only 9.3% . . . Where is the Outrage? 


Daily News Too Busy Kissing Cuomo Ass To Understand New Yorkers Think Voting Makes No Difference


Landslide Cuomo (Daily News )

Randy Credico ‏@Credico2014  

All joking aside, his approach to campaigning ismystifying." Cuomo's (very) low-turnout primary: (Capital) Unofficial election results from the state’s Board of Elections show only about 9.3 percent of the state’s 5.8 million registered Democrats cast their ballots in the primary contest last night, the lowest turnout in a Democratic statewide primary in more than a decade. Turnout actually dipped below 2002’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, when Cuomo took himself out of the race against then-state comptroller Carl McCall shortly before the vote to avoid an expected hiding, and remained on the ballot in name only.  According to unofficial returns, 531,205 Democrats voted yesterday, which was also lower than the 661,296 who voted in 2010, when there was no competitive race for governor.* Paterson: Low Turnout Raised Volume Of Cuomo Dissenters(YNN)The Democratic primary race is shaping up as one of the lowest-turnout statewide contests in recent memory – under 10 percent.* Why almost no New Yorkers voted(NYP)



Is the NYT All About Politics 
The NYT Which Has Not Commented About the Undemocratic 9% Turnout is Pushing For A Big November Vote to Keep the Senate in Democratic Control


A Bigger Midterm Election Turnout(NYT Ed) Will voters realize that decisions made on Nov. 4 will reverberate in laws not passed, roads not built and jobs not created?* In wake of dismal primary turnout, sources tied to Gov.Cuomo want him to lay out 2nd term agenda and energize base(NYDN)

Daily News More Worried About the BOE Than the Fact New Yorkers Stop Voting
The reason the New York City’s Board of Elections continues to make mistakes running the city’s exercises in democracy is because of how the board trains their hires, the Daily News writes: 

Reporter Spin Pols Crap On Not Voting But Never Asks the Public Why They Don't Show Up At the Polls
Democrats Try Scaring Voters to the Polls (NYT) A report cards sent to Democrats evaluates their voting records. The card, sent by state Democratic parties, showed how many times people had voted in the last four general elections. In the New York mailing, three or four times was considered “excellent,” two was “good,” one was “fair,” and none was given an “incomplete — not enough data at present time, voting record to be reassessed post-November election.” 

A Lot of New Yorkers Agree With Janet Gamble and Have Stop Voting Over the  the Last Decade 

New York's Falling Voter Participation Rate is A Canary in the Coal Mine Warning for Our Failing City and Democracy
2013 Was the Lowest Turnout Since Women Given Right to Vote . .
200,000 Votes Less Than 2009



de Blasio Was Elected Public Advocate in 2009 With Just 4.4% of the Democrat Vote or Less than 1.7% of the City's Residences
In the primary runoff Comptroller John Liu received 127,173 or just 4% of the registered Democrats in the city (3,177,740) in the runoff. De Blasio did a little better with 138, 736, he got 4.4% of the city's democratic voters. John Liu was elected with just 2.7% of all the city's registered voters casting their vote for him.
A Little Over 1 Million NYC Voters Show Up At the Polls Yesterday 
Lowest turnout since women won the right to vote in 1918 
Only 1.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg in 2009. The mayor received 585,000 out of the 4,657,516 New Yorkers Registered. 1.2 Million Voted.
New York: Turnout Appears Headed for Record Low What In A Mandate? worry--50% drop in primary turnout since '89


The Smaller the Vote the More Elected Officials, Corrupt Party Leaders and Special Interests Win
The City's Falling Turnout The City's election results from a half-century ago look like misprints. 3.46 million out of the City's 3.53 million registered voters, a staggering 98%, cast ballots in the 1952 Presidential election. One year later, 93% of registered New Yorkers voted in the Mayoral election. Today, the bottom has fallen out for the City's electorate. Only 27% of the City's registered voters cast their ballots in the last mayoral election in 2005. 39% of registered voters took part in the Mayoral election of 1997. Voter turnout was less than 20% for City Council elections in 1999. NY's Falling Voter Participation New York's Sinking Vote 1. 337,110 more New Yorkers voted in 2004 than 2008. 2. New York Ranked 42 of 50 in Voting Age Turnout 50.7% 2008.The City's Falling Turnout The City's election results from a half-century ago look like misprints. 3.46 million out of the City's 3.53 million registered voters, a staggering 98%, cast ballots in the 1952 Presidential election. One year later, 93% of registered New Yorkers voted in the Mayoral election. Today, the bottom has fallen out for the City's electorate. Only 27% of the City's registered voters cast their ballots in the last mayoral election in 2005. 39% of registered voters took part in the Mayoral election of 1997. Voter turnout was less than 20% for City Council elections in 1999. NY's Falling Voter Participation New York's Sinking Vote 1. 337,110 more New Yorkers voted in 2004 than 2008. 2. New York Ranked 42 of 50 in Voting Age Turnout 50.7% 2008. 3. In 1944 NY had 6,291,885 votes for president and 47 Electoral votes. 4. In 1944 Florida had 482,592 votes for president and 8 Electoral votes. 5. In 2008 Florida had 1,204,479 more votes for president than NY. 6. In 1944 New York had 3,423,467 more votes than California. 7. In 2008 California had 6,291,885 more votes than NY. 8. In 1944 New York cast 13.1% of the Nation's vote. 9. In 2008 New York cast 5.5% of the Nation's vote. Mayor O’Dwyer election in 1941, which took place one month before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor received 1,100,649 more votes than Bloomberg 68 years before mayor won his third term. The 1940 census reported the population of New York City to be 7,454,995. The most recent estimate from the City Planning Commission, as of July 1, 2009, gives the population of New York City as 8,363,710. Two decades before that Mayor John FrancisHylan(1921) Jimmy Walker(1925) both received 200,000 thousand more votes than Bloomberg


NYT Pushing for A Democratic U.S. Senate While Ignoring 9% Turn Out in NY
Long Lines at Minority Polling Places(NYT Ed)It may not be a coincidence that some of the longest lines on Election Day occur in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

The Pols and Election System Breaking the Spirit of Long Time New Yorkers

OPINION: Why I will no longer vote in NYC

I have been voting in New York City for nearly 30 years, and now I feel no need to vote here ever again.  As a voter, you put your hope and trust in the person you cast your ballot for and want so badly ... so very badly, that they will try to come through for you.  But now I see how stupid and naive I was. Now I see it is not the voters that some New York politicians are working for — its rich, real estate interests. They are the official owners of New York politics.  It's not hard to see the damage these people have caused the average New Yorker. Affordable housing is almost non-existent in every borough. Once-beautiful historic blocks of brownstone housing are now dotted with newly constructed houses that resemble ugly cereal boxes. The well-off New Yorker has their pick of luxury housing, which brings me to the reason I will no longer vote.


Long Island College Hospital (LICH) has just been sold to a developer who donated money to Gov. Cuomo. Several other companies were supposed to bid on running this hospital, but trumped up excuses were made against the first two bidders and they were passed over in favor of a company that donated the most money to the governor. This should be a scandal and fodder for whoever is running against the governor this year...but it won't be. Who is going to investigate this?  No one... not when you've pretty much hired everyone who could investigate you.   Our current mayor got himself arrested last year, protesting the closing of this hospital, but I knew it was just a stunt to gain attention ... and it worked. I voted for him with the silly hope that he would at least try to save the hospital, and when he negotiated a deal for different companies to bid for running the hospital, I had hope again...silly, silly hope.  When the bidders were rejected under odd circumstances, I knew where this ship was heading and that Gov. Cuomo was at the helm. While I am not sure if the mayor knew how crooked this deal was, his silence was loud enough. In the old days of Hollywood movies, the good guys and bad guys were always clearly seen and most of the time, there was a happy ending. But in this movie, the people (politicians) who we thought were the good guys, turned out to be the bad guys... and there is no happy ending.

The Central Park Horses Are Treated Better Than the Voters In This City
There are good politicians, on both sides, who do want to fight for us. But the rich control the rest, and they will not let anything good happen. There is this mix of emotion that I feel about this: anger, frustration, sadness and hopelessness. When you see thousands of good people losing their jobs and a community losing its hospital — knowing that the people you voted for are the cause of this ... knowing that they betrayed you, just because you were stupid enough to trust them — there is this gnawing ache … an ache of inferiority. Because I, and the average, non-rich, New Yorker, mean nothing to these people ... nothing.  I know there are those who will say that if I don't vote then I should not complain when nothing changes. Well I did vote...and I voted for term limits in New York City. I signed the petition to make it a law and voted for term limits, twice. Then I watched our former, rich mayor strong-arm the city council into overturning that law. No, no more. I will never put my faith in any of these people ever again. Some people will also say, “Just find another hospital.” Why? My luck in picking hospitals is not that great! Nearly every hospital that was affiliated with the doctor I chose has closed. St. Mary's in Brooklyn, St. John’s in Queens and now, LICH. So, I think I'll be doing you hospitals a favor by not going to you at all!   I know now that I am invisible ... a nobody ... worthless... left to vent my anger in a letter that hardly anyone will see.  LICH was nearly 160 years old. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and even the skyline of Manhattan did not exist when this hospital saw its first patient.  How ironic to see it fall just because of the view that grew up before it. It was one of the first hospitals to use anesthesia. One of the first hospitals to use a dedicated ambulance corps.  Every woman in this country should be angry because, the very first hospital that felt women need special care, too, gave us the first doctor of gynecology.  Soon, this will be gone, replaced with luxury condos that only the richest among us can afford.  And when that first bulldozer comes to tear down this historic place, I will bury my voter's registration card in its rubble. Thank you, governor ... thank you, mayor ... for nothing.

Signed,
Janet Gamble,  AKA Nobody
Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn
Janet Gamble, a Crown Heights resident, was born in East New York and raised in Bed-Stuy. She has had two surgeries at LICH.  





NY's Incumbent Protection Party 

New York’sIncumbent Party — can’t throw the bums out(NYP) There come moments, H.L. Mencken once wrote, when men must rise above principle. For New York, this may be one of those moments. Here’s the problem: Today a single party maintains its grip over Albany by rigging the electoral maps. It’s called the Incumbent Party, and it includes Republicans and Democrats alike. In theory, voters go to the polls to choose their representatives. In practice, legislative control over redistricting often means incumbents choosing their voters. And data-driven technology makes it easier and easier for them to do it. In 2010, California opted for a citizens’ commission to reform a redistricting process skewed, like New York’s, to favor incumbents. The next year, Pro Publica ran a story exposing how Democrats had gamed the reform. “Skilled political professionals armed with modern mapping software and detailed voter information,” the story said, “managed to replicate the results of the smoke-filled rooms of old.” Truth is, any completely independent commission would by definition also be completely unaccountable. It also means recognizing the problem will only get worse. Long before he was indicted on federal bribery charges and became one of the few incumbents to lose a primary, state Sen. Malcolm Smith had admitted that if Democrats got control of both houses at redistricting time, they’d “draw the lines so that Republicans will be in oblivion in the state of New York for the next 20 years.” But instead of looking for one big magic fix, New Yorkers would be better off recognizing that even if this reform would help, it’s only one of a series of measures needed to put the squeeze on Albany’s Incumbent Party. 



Others include ending rules that now allow third parties to cross-endorse a candidate already on the ballot as a Democrat or Republican — which only gives incumbents another line on the ballot they can buy. Goo-goos should also have no problem with another simple measure: requiring full disclosure of all outside income — and its sources — for our part-time legislators.Incumbents might have a more difficult time being returned to office if their challengers could point voters to the connections between an incumbent’s votes and the people who are paying him the big bucks. The challenge of gerrymandering, of course, is as old as American democracy, going back to accusations that Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry in 1789 tried to design Virginia’s voting districts so as to deprive Federalist James Madison of a seat in Congress. No one’s yet found the cure, and even champions of the one on New York’s ballot will concede this one isn’t perfect. But it sure looks more promising than the rotten status quo. * Carl Paladino announced Thursday he will host a reception for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Sept. 30, which will include an appearance by Texas governor Rick Perry, Capital New York reports * Sharpening his rhetoric, Republican challenger John Cahill said Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was "complicit" in the sexual harassment of legislative staffers allegedly committed by former Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Times Union reports: 


"New York's voter registration record is dismal - we rank 47th in the country"


Decreasing Voter Turnout  . . .
Group Paid to Encourage Voters Turnout Earns Their $ By Reporting Turnout Stinks
NYC voter turnout stinks: report(NYDN) A new report from the city's Voter Assistance Advisory Commission finds that despite a range of enticements to get Gothamites to the polls, only a quarter of those eligible to vote in 2013's election of the first new mayor in a dozen years bothered to show up. Report found Campaign messages overwhelming non-partisan voter information; and
NY Decreasing Voter Turnout

NYT Never Did A Story How 15% Less New Yorkers Voted in 2013 than in 2009
In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. GOP leads the effort.
While NYC residence vote less and less each year. It has given us the best gov money can buy and lots of dumb ass fool pols
New York's Decreasing Voter Turnout
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Low Turnout Not A Popular Uprising

Newsday’s Dan Janison notes the paltry turnout numbers in last week’s general election, running counter to the narrative of a “popular uprising” for de Blasio

Lowest Turnout Since Women Given Right to Vote, 200,000 Votes Less Than 2009
A Little Over 1 Million NYC Voters Show Up At the Polls Yesterday 
Lowest turnout since women won the right to vote in 1918 
Only 1.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg in 2009. The mayor received 585,000 out of the 4,657,516 New Yorkers Registered. 1.2 Million Voted.
New York: Turnout Appears Headed for Record Low




1/6 of the city’s electorate and 1/10 of its population could in effect be choosing our next mayor."
As conventional wisdom has it, New Yorkers are seeking a striking change in tone in the coming mayoral election, one that makes the selection of a Democratic mayor seem almost inevitable and the party’s primary process likely to represent the conclusion of the story rather than the plot-escalating middle. As we’ve also been made to understand, a relatively small number of voters will determine the outcome of the primary race. 


The Small the Vote the More Corrupt Party Leader, $$$  and Special Interests Win
The City's Falling Turnout The City's election results from a half-century ago look like misprints. 3.46 million out of the City's 3.53 million registered voters, a staggering 98%, cast ballots in the 1952 Presidential election. One year later, 93% of registered New Yorkers voted in the Mayoral election. Today, the bottom has fallen out for the City's electorate. Only 27% of the City's registered voters cast their ballots in the last mayoral election in 2005. 39% of registered voters took part in the Mayoral election of 1997. Voter turnout was less than 20% for City Council elections in 1999. NY's Falling Voter Participation New York's Sinking Vote 1. 337,110 more New Yorkers voted in 2004 than 2008. 2. New York Ranked 42 of 50 in Voting Age Turnout 50.7% 2008.
 


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Low Turnout Not A Popular Uprising

Newsday’s Dan Janison notes the paltry turnout numbers in last week’s general election, running counter to the narrative of a “popular uprising” for de Blasio

Lowest Turnout Since Women Given Right to Vote, 200,000 Votes Less Than 2009
A Little Over 1 Million NYC Voters Show Up At the Polls Yesterday 
Lowest turnout since women won the right to vote in 1918 
Only 1.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg in 2009. The mayor received 585,000 out of the 4,657,516 New Yorkers Registered. 1.2 Million Voted.
New York: Turnout Appears Headed for Record Low


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Lowest Turnout 200,000 Votes Less Than 2009
A Little Over 1 Million NYC Voters Show Up At the Polls Yesterday 
Lowest turnout since women won the right to vote in 1918 
Only 1.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg in 2009. The mayor received 585,000 out of the 4,657,516 New Yorkers Registered. 1.2 Million Voted.
New York: Turnout Appears Headed for Record Low
Mayor O’Dwyer election in 1941, which took place one month before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor received 1,100,649 more votes than Bloomberg 68 years before mayor won his third term. The 1940 census reported the population of New York City to be 7,454,995. The most recent estimate from the City Planning Commission, as of July 1, 2009, gives the population of New York City as 8,363,710. Two decades before that Mayor John Francis Hylan(1921) Jimmy Walker(1925) both received 200,000 thousand more votes than Bloomberg
The City's Falling Turnout The City's election results from a half-century ago look like misprints. 3.46 million out of the City's 3.53 million registered voters, a staggering 98%, cast ballots in the 1952 Presidential election. One year later, 93% of registered New Yorkers voted in the Mayoral election. Today, the bottom has fallen out for the City's electorate. Only 27% of the City's registered voters cast their ballots in the last mayoral election in 2005. 39% of registered voters took part in the Mayoral election of 1997. Voter turnout was less than 20% for City Council elections in 1999. NY's Falling Voter Participation New York's Sinking Vote 1. 337,110 more New Yorkers voted in 2004 than 2008. 2. New York Ranked 42 of 50 in Voting Age Turnout 50.7% 2008. 3. In 1944 NY had 6,291,885 votes for president and 47 Electoral votes. 4. In 1944 Florida had 482,592 votes for president and 8 Electoral votes. 5. In 2008 Florida had 1,204,479 more votes for president than NY. 6. In 1944 New York had 3,423,467 more votes than California. 7. In 2008 California had 6,291,885 more votes than NY. 8. In 1944 New York cast 13.1% of the Nation's vote. 9. In 2008 New York cast 5.5% of the Nation's vote. Mayor O’Dwyer election in 1941, which took place one month before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor received 1,100,649 more votes than Bloomberg 68 years before mayor won his third term. The 1940 census reported the population of New York City to be 7,454,995. The most recent estimate from the City Planning Commission, as of July 1, 2009, gives the population of New York City as 8,363,710. Two decades before that Mayor John Francis Hylan(1921) Jimmy Walker(1925) both received 200,000 thousand more votes than Bloomberg

de Blasio Bigger Win Then Jimmy Walker 



Biggest None Incumbent Win
What do Jimmy Walker and Bill de Blasio have in common? If the polls are right, de Blasio has a real shot at getting the highest percentage of votes for a non-incumbent for mayor in the city's modern history. Walker pulled in 65.8 percent of the vote when he first ran in 1925.  Ed Koch holds the overall record for winning percentage: he got 78 percent in his 1985 re-election. Local voting participation has collapsed, especially when it comes to mayoral elections. About 2.46 million people voted for mayor in 1969 – when the city's population was smaller -- and we'll be lucky if half that many vote today.

 

June or August Primaries Smaller Turnouts. How About Early Voting and Mail In Voting?

 New York City already has very low voter turnouts in the primaries. In the runoff primary that gave the democratic nomination to John Liu for comptroller he received just 2% of the votes from registered voter in the city.  If we make the primary during the summer the turnout will be even lower.

Summer in the City: Beaches, Barbecues -- and Ballots?(Gotham Gazette)


 New York's Incumbent Protection Society Is Planned

Other tools incumbent pols use to ensure phoney elections besides the corrupt election law is that they draw their own district (like they are doing right now) cutting out their opponents.  The recession which makes it harder to raise campaign funds for challengers and lack of public campaign financing also help keeps state pols in office forever.


 

New York ranks 48th in the nation with only 64 percent of eligible residents registered.

 

Nobody Votes, Special Interest Win

Breaking News: Liu and de Blasio Win N.Y. Primary Runoffs Turnout Is a Trickle in Primary Runoff * Terrorism Suspect Pleads Not Guilty *** 2009 MAYOR'S MANAGEMENT REPORT *** Senate Panel Rejects a ‘Public Option’ in Health Plan *** Companion Is Called to Testify at Monserrate Trial' *** COURT TOSSES RATHER SUIT *** Democratic Fundraiser Norman Hsu Sentenced to 24 Years *** Fund-Raiser Is Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison (NYT) Toyota Issues Massive Recall *** Bloomberg: Keep Runoffs, Dump Partisan Elections


Nobody Votes, Special Interest Win
Pay for Vote

How low voting increases slush fund extortion For the last few days the candidates have been going around promising everything but city hall's bathroom sink to special interests group in return for pulling out their members next Tuesday to vote for them. The groups being promised government pay to play include: the Democratic Machines, religious, racial and ethnic leaders, unions and lobbyists who pay for the campaigns, are already on the government tit for member items, programs and grants for themselves are becoming more empowered by the city's falling voter participation and declining media coverage of the issues and how those issues are important to the voters and their families The Real Campaign is to Suppress Challengers *** Tammany’s Ballot Control Again and Again

While the media reports low turnout expectations, where is the call for change of an election system that favors the permanent government and special interests. In 1965 when 14% of the democratic voters voted for Abe Beame in a runoffs there were calls for election reform that led to runoffs like today. Today less than 1% may vote and no media, good government or elected officials say a word. They all become the insiders in a very corrupt election system that cuts the public out for the most part on who wins elections.

Calls for a runoff were raised in 1965 after Abraham D. Beame won a four-way mayoral primary with 327,934 votes, which, with 32 percent of Democrats voting, meant that only about 14 percent of enrolled party members voted for him. He was defeated that year by John V. Lindsay, a liberal Republican congressman. "Democrats will be lucky if 150,000 people bother to vote. Polls show that the candidates are more or less evenly matched, meaning the winner may not get much more than 85,000 votes. That is ... equivalent to barely 1 percent of the city’s population *** Clyde Haberman coins a Safiresque phrase - "panjandrums of political prognostication" - while lamenting the expected low turnout *** NYT predicted turnout of 150,000 "is something every New Yorker should really be complaining about Tuesday’s Forgotten Election

The City's Falling Turnout The City's election results from a half-century ago look like misprints. 3.46 million out of the City's 3.53 million registered voters, a staggering 98%, cast ballots in the 1952 Presidential election. One year later, 93% of registered New Yorkers voted in the Mayoral election. Today, the bottom has fallen out for the City's electorate. Only 27% of the City's registered voters cast their ballots in the last mayoral election in 2005. 39% of registered voters took part in the Mayoral election of 1997. Voter turnout was less than 20% for City Council elections in 1999. NY's Falling Voter Participation

New York's Sinking Vote 1. 337,110 more New Yorkers voted in 2004 than 2008. 2. New York Ranked 42 of 50 in Voting Age Turnout 50.7% 2008. 3. In 1944 NY had 6,291,885 votes for president and 47 Electoral votes. 4. In 1944 Florida had 482,592 votes for president and 8 Electoral votes. 5. In 2008 Florida had 1,204,479 more votes for president than NY. 6. In 1944 New York had 3,423,467 more votes than California. 7. In 2008 California had 6,291,885 more votes than NY. 8. In 1944 New York cast 13.1% of the Nation's vote. 9. In 2008 New York cast 5.5% of the Nation's vote.



NY Times Democratic Machine Losing millions like every other newspaper in the Internet age, cutbacks in news coverage and sections, the Boston Globe union fight, a new headquarters which threatened before a government bailout of the mortgage company GMAC to bankrupt the paper. What are year for the "Old Gray Lady." The only piece left from 'The Kingdom and the Power" era is the blind following of many New Yorkers who still vote to candidates endorsed by the paper Endorsement Power: Times Vs. Daily News *** Smith: Who Really Flexed Muscle in Yesterday’s City Primaries? The New York Times *** The Times and Clyde Vanel (Gotham Gazette) *** Are We Losing the News that’s Fit to Print? (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) *** The Times finds a pony(NY Fiscal Watch) *** New York Times Co. Discloses Bonus, Stock Option Snafus (Editor and Publisher)

Afghanistan Women Facing Danger Shame New Yorkers' Low Voters Turn Outs

2013 Lowest Turnout Since Women Given Right to Vote, 200,000 Votes Less Than 2009. Below Afghanistan Woman Vote Defy Threats of Violence
 
KABUL, Afghanistan Vote
New York City Vote
A Little Over 1 Million NYC Voters Show Up At the Polls Yesterday 
Lowest turnout since women won the right to vote in 1918 
Only 1.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg in 2009. The mayor received 585,000 out of the 4,657,516 New Yorkers Registered. 1.2 Million Voted. New York: Turnout Appears Headed for Record Low


Bloomberg Knew Last Year the New Yorkers Were Not Voting 1.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg on Tuesday. Before the paper is counted, the mayor received 548,660 out of the 4,657,516. The recent runoff does make Tuesday's vote look like a mandate. In New York the Democratic Primary is the real election, for most elective officers.. In the primary our new Comptroller John Liu received 127,173 or just 4% of the registered Democrats in the city (3,177,740) in the runoff. De Blasio did a little better with 138, 736, he got 4.4% of the city's democratic voters. John Liu was elected with just 2.7% of all the city's registered voters casting their vote for him.

Mayor O’Dwyer election in 1941, which took place one month before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor received 1,100,649 more votes than Bloomberg 68 years before mayor won his third term. The 1940 census reported the population of New York City to be 7,454,995. The most recent estimate from the City Planning Commission, as of July 1, 2009, gives the population of New York City as 8,363,710. Two decades before that Mayor John Francis Hylan(1921) Jimmy Walker(1925) both received 200,000 thousand more votes than Bloomberg on T

NY's Falling Voter Participation 2/17/2009

The Real Campaign is to Suppress Challengers

Tammany’s Ballot Control Again and Again

Organized Crime Politics Ballot Lines for Sale

Political PARTIES 4 SALE, Organized Crime Politics

Organize d Crime Politics, Rigged Elections

The Greatest Generation vs. Today's Take Albany Generation


What In A Mandate?

 worry--50% drop in primary turnout since '89


The Next Mayor? You Don't Care, Do You? (Village Voice)












In the Democratic Party Run Off John Liu Won with 2% of the Vote of All The Eligible Voters in the City

Voter Apathy Is Leaving Much of the City on the Sidelines of Democracy (NYT) "It is hard to recall when labor unions last turned the tide in a major NY election" writes

The United Federation of Teachers once boasted great pull in Queens. Today, as the Queens-born academic Mitchell L. Moss notes, it most likely has more members in Boca Raton than in Kew Gardens.  * Last Tuesday, the WFP troops challenged the Assembly candidate of the Brooklyn boss Vito J. Lopez. Sustained though their challenge was, their candidate, Jesus Gonzalez, a young community organizer, lost.    New York's Decreasing Voter Turnout (True News)

 


If you care about NYC democracy, worry--50% drop in primary turnout since '89

The Next Mayor? You Don't Care, Do You? (Village Voice)











Well Someone Had to Win: Weak Candidate With A Weak Campaign Vs. Weak Mayor Damaged by Term Limits and Big Spending


Turnout Mostly About Race The media is reporting that the closeness of the mayor race was caused by Bloomberg support of changes to term limits and an anti incumbent nation wide vote. But if one examines the the NYT block by block results of the mayoral election you see that the vote had a lot to do with race. Staten Island except for the North Shore went for Bloomberg as did the Eastside of Manhattan. Harlem, Central Brooklyn and South East Queens went for Thompson. The racial voting pattern really stands out in South West Brooklyn where only Coney Island and Marboro Houses voted for Thompson, the only two neighborhoods in that area of Brooklyn where blacks live in mass. Thompson good showing is an out growth of last years Obama registration in the black communities, while Bloomberg failure to meet the poll spread had a lot to do with the white community unlearning the habit of voting because the incumbent elected officials in their areas get reelected without opposition year after year. Another clue to the closeness of the mayor's race Whites become minority on NYC council , The polls used the old turnout numbers without taking into account the great changes in the city's voting patterns Polls failed to predict tight contest in mayoral race *** Paterson Embolden by Thompson Results The gov starts his campaign commercials TV buys. His team is putting it out on the Internet and the press in hopes it will be talked about, like were doing here and pump up his very low poll numbers. Paterson is more likely to run his race on race, something Thompson refused to do Paterson Accuses Media Of Racism * Elsewhere: Did the Media Sink Thompson? Howard Kurtz scolds New York City reporters for not taking Thompson more seriously" Pollster looks to Cover His Ass Unreleased Marist Poll Showed Thompson Closing in on Bloomberg True News: NY's No Spin Zone While the Bloomberg campaign was spinning the media for votes only True News reported that the city's economic melt down and the lack of state funding for the MTA would make the mayor's plan for free crosstown buses impossible. Today's Answer by the mayor Keep waiting for that free crosstown bus: Bloomy *** Bloomberg Calls for Free Crosstown Buses - City Room Blog (NYT) * Mayor Bloomberg mulls making snail-like crosstown buses free (DN) * BLOOMBERG: FREE CROSSTOWN BUS SERVICE FOR ALL (NYP) Artz's Triangulation Lobbyist consultant George Artz is very comfortable representing three sides at once. Artz's has a lifelong relationship with Ed Koch who Doesn't Appreciate John Liu's Snubbing of Mayor Bloomberg yesterday. Artz who said on NY1 last night that he represented Liu was analysing why Liu missed the tradition unity photo op with the mayor the day a's fter the election McCall Back to the Liu Future? The NYT reported on August 23, 2002 that the just appointed head of Comptroller John Liu Elect Transition team as State Comptroller allowed pay to play Accountants and law firms Gave to Carl McCall After Getting State Contract "Law firms have given Mr. McCall nearly $200,000 in campaign donations. In the Cendant case, Mr. McCall did not interfere when the courts awarded the firms $262 million in legal fees (from the pension fund) -- by one calculation, $10,000 an hour." Carl McCall is also under investigation by the the AG in the pension scandal is to be named to head John Liu transition team. No stranger to Play to Play McCall firm Convent Capital was subpoenaed in May of this year, because he accepted a money manager fee and was unlicensed by the SEC. McCall received $48,221 for assisting Steinberg Asset Management in 2005 which received 25 million in pension funds from State Comptroller Hevesi Political Correctness Reporting Only USA Today broke through the political correctness and reported Fort Hood suspect a war critic (USA Today) the NYT reported Suspect Was ‘Mortified’ About Deployment to War *** The Daily News reported Fort Hood killer Nidal Malik Hasan opposed wars, so why did he snap? Update Suspect Shouted "Allahu Akbar"? NYT Delays Until After the Election Now you tell us? Third-Term Blues Are Job Hazard in Mayor’s Office and Albany(NYT) Slush Fund Extortion Creates Order Christine Quinn sounds feisty, “I remain frustrated that so many Council votes are 48 to 3, or 50 to 1. If we’re all in agreement that frequently, are we really challenging ourselves on the issues?”Incumbency, Apathetic Public Makes Term Limits A Non Issue 24 out of 27 councilmembers who voted to extend term limits won reelection. Maria Baez lost to Fernando Cabrera, Kendall Stewart lost to Jumanne Williams, Alan Gerson lost to Margaret Chin, David Yassky lost for Comptroller and Miguel Martinez won't be the last councilmember to go to jail for dipping in the slush fund. Not showing up signals to those in power it is OK for them to ignore you 586,890 people voted for term limits, but only 557,059 voted to re-elect Michael Bloomerg SOS NYT Spins Nonsense Election Remakes City Council, and May Give It More Bite, Too

More Analysis on Mayor's Race 8 Reasons Bill Thompson Lost the NYC Mayoral Election *** Here's What Happened To Bloomberg *** Dinkins: 'No show' O hurt Thompson ***The man behind the NY GOP's gains *** Exclusive: Thompson has no regrets about failed mayoral bid *** Bloomberg holds out $850G olive branch to de Blasio for new office budget*** Bill Thompson: “While I can be angry about it, the mayor - he's the one who has to live with, you know, how negative his campaign was.” *** Thompson also spoke with NY1, saying he did the best he could, and that Bloomberg doesn't have a mandate *** Larry Littlefield bucks conventional wisdom. “More turnout, I believe, would also have meant a much greater Bloomberg victory.” *** “I am proud of my role as county leader,” says Vito Lopez *** Bill Thompson isn't bitter and hasn't ruled out taking another crack at the mayor's office in 2013 *** Gabe Pressman thinks it's time to revisit the issue of morality in politics *** Mayor’s Math Would Devalue His Victory *** New York's Bloomberg spent big, for small return (LA Times)



Pay to Play Runoff Elections
Nobody Votes in Runoffs, Special Interest Permanent Government Wins
For the last few days Public Advocate candidates (maybe Thompson and de Blasio) will be going around to special interests promising everything but city hall's bathroom sink, in return for pulling out their members next Tuesday to vote for them. The groups being promised government pay to play $$$ include: the democratic Machines, religious, racial and ethnic leaders, unions, lobbyists.  Non profits are already on the government tit for member items are very effective in getting out the vote.  Real estate and Wall Street whales give the quick  $$$ the candidates need for TV and GOTV operations.  All these special interests gain more power because of the city's falling voter participation. Runoffs elections controlled by the permanent government and special interests.   
Just 2.7% of Registered Voters in Runoff
In 2009 just 1.7% of all the registered voters voted in the city voted for Bloomberg. Before the paper is counted, the mayor received 548,660 out of the 4,657,516. The recent runoff does make Tuesday's vote look like a mandate. In New York the Democratic Primary is the real election, for most elective officers.. In the primary runoff Comptroller John Liu received 127,173 or just 4% of the registered Democrats in the city (3,177,740) in the runoff. De Blasio did a little better with 138, 736, he got 4.4% of the city's democratic voters. John Liu was elected with just 2.7% of all the city's registered voters casting their vote for him.


2013 Turnout Down 10% From 2001
21 % of registered Dems voted yesterday, with more votes to be counted. Nearly double 2009, when turnout among Dems was 11%  turnout in 2001 Dem primary was close to 30%
With about 1 percent of votes citywide left to count from Tuesday's primary, 646,774 votes for New York City mayor have been tallied from Democrats, and another 56,763 from Republicans. It sounds like a lot. But in fact just 20 percent of registered Democrats turned out to vote, and only 11 percent of Republicans.* 20% Turnout in New York Primaries(NYT) A total of 700,000 voters took part in city elections this week, according to incomplete returns.* New York’s Turnout Crisis (City and State) * Low-Turnout Primary Becomes Referendum On Bloomberg(Gothamgazette)


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Why Does NYC Have A Runoff?

 Because of Mario Procaccino
After a "law-and-order" conservative won the 1969 Democratic mayoral primary with a plurality, the New York state legislature passed a law widely recalled as the "Procaccino Provision."  The law required that a candidate win at least 40 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary to become the nominee for mayor. Failure to reach that threshold means that the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff to determine a nominee.


 

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