OUR DAY IN COURT; THE LATEST NEWS ON OUR SUIT AGAINST THE SPECIAL COMMISSION CREATED BY THE LEGISLATURE
On Thursday in Niagara Falls the hearing on our lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of the NYS Public Finance Committee was held before NYS Supreme Court Judge Ralph A. Boniello, III.
The essence of our arguments addresses the question of the NYS Legislature having the authority to delegate its lawmaking responsibilities to an appointed nine-member commission. These nine members were given unabridged authority to rewrite New York State Election Law. In the weeks prior to the hearing our legal team, led by Bill Savino a senior partner in the Rochester/Buffalo firm of Woods Oviatt, filed with the court legal memo’s and numerous citations demonstrating the strength of our case. Internally our efforts were coordinated by Erie County Attorney and County Chairman Ralph Lorigo.
Due to a communality of interests on this one issue the Working Families Party shared the plaintiff’s table with us. They were represented by Richard Brodsky.
The Commission itself was not represented. Their attorney James McGuire failed to show. No reason was given to our side, but certainly it was noteworthy. The arguments against us focusing on process were primarily made by outside attorneys representing the State Assembly Speaker, the State Senate Majority Leader and the NYS Attorney General. It should be noted that in the days following our initial filing in July the State Attorney General indicated that her office would be seeking outside representation for the defendants. As such all of the opposing attorneys have been paid with taxpayer dollars. Our team is paid for solely with party funds. The Attorney General’s recent direct intervention raises in my mind the issue of why did she wait? If she had represented the state on day one, hundreds of thousands in legal bills to the taxpayers could have been prevented.
The Judge at the beginning of the hearing did inquire about the charge we made concerning the failure of the commissioners to file their oaths of office within the thirty-day required period. The State Senate Democratic Attorney acted as though he had no idea what the Judge was referencing. Considering that it appears in the Commission report and has been covered statewide, the attorney’s response either reflected ignorance or subterfuge. The Governor’s spokesman maintained the Commission Members were not required to file oaths swearing to uphold the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, however, they did file several months late.
We anticipate a ruling in the form of a summary Judgement within the next two weeks.
GREEN LIGHT LAW TO TAKE AFFECT SATURDAY
Tomorrow, New York State will take the first steps in creating a sanctuary for those who break the law, as they will begin to issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.
The new “Green Light Law,” voted on and passed through a State Democratic majority in the Senate and Assembly, is a reversal on policy set forth by the Pataki administration after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In an effort to stop document fraud and enhance security, anyone seeking a license was required to present a social security number. Saturday, that requirement is no more.
While lawsuits are pending throughout upstate New York to block the law, many County Clerks are concerned their offices are not prepared for the law change.
“Here we are at the 11th hour, they’ve thrown these one-hour webinar trainings at us and then these authentication machines with no real information, expecting us to be ready in less than a week for these transactions, which are very complicated,” Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus said.
With State Democrats undermining federal immigration laws and the end of cash bail effective January 1, 2020, one party rule continues to put law breakers above the hardworking citizens of this state.
House Judiciary Committee Votes to Impeach President Trump
In a move that surprised no one Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve two articles of impeachment against the President. The committee adopted the articles on a party line vote of 23-17
Democrats have been working tirelessly to undermine this administration well before President Trump was even sworn into office on January 20, 2017. This latest stunt is a clear indicator that they do not believe any of their candidates has what it takes to beat the President in an election.
Further seeking attention, Rep. Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the Judiciary Committee, abruptly called an end to the hearing late Thursday night in favor of a Friday morning vote so that news cameras would be present.
Ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA), objected immediately calling Nadler’s move “the most bush-league stunt” he has ever seen.
“Mr. Chairman, there was no consulting with the ranking member on your schedule for tomorrow, you just blew up schedules for everyone?” Collins asked. “You chose not to consult the ranking member on a scheduling issue of this magnitude? This is the kangaroo court we’re talking about. Not even Consult? 10 a.m. tomorrow?” he continued.
Democrats clearly do not feel comfortable with their game plan heading into November 2020. Recent polls show President Trump gaining approval as Democrats on the Hill continue with their partisan game to remove a dually elected President.