NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADERS FILE COMPLAINT IN STATE SUPREME COURT TO PROTECT CONSTITUTIONAL VOTING RIGHTS OF ALL NEW YORKERS
New York State Conservative Party leaders yesterday announced the filing of a verified complaint with the New York State Supreme Court, County of Niagara, to protect the constitutionally prescribed voting rights of all New Yorkers.
The document can be viewed here.
The complaint filed on Thursday in Niagara County, seeks to overturn an unconstitutional action by the State Legislature S8015-D/A10833 signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 20th, 2020 and now Chapter 139 of the laws of 2020. This Chapter amends Election Law Section 8-400 in clear violation of Article II, Section 2 of the State Constitution. This section establishes specific circumstances in which a registered voter can obtain an absentee ballot.
The Conservative Party maintains that this Chapter makes a permanent change in the State Constitution and as such requires approval of the electorate by placing such amendment on the November ballot. The Legislature and Governor by adopting said piece of legislation have circumvented that process.
The authority that allowed the Governor to open the process of absentee ballots to all voters in 2020 was limited to the authority granted him through the broad temporary emergency powers adopted by the Legislature in the Spring of 2020. Those powers expire with the pandemic.
The State Constitution belongs to the people of New York as a safeguard against runaway governors and legislatures which we clearly now have. The Constitution spells out the rules for absentee voting in great specificity not to inhibit voting, but to protect the integrity of every vote in this state. Those who wish to make changes in these areas are free to do so through a vote of the electorate, but never through legislative action. They simply don’t have that power.
The State Conservative Party successfully challenged the constitutionality of other attempted changes to New York Election Law by the Governor and Legislature in 2020.
Every registered New Yorker should exercise his or her right to vote in every election, but it is imperative that the voting safeguards put in place by our State Constitution be observed to guarantee maximum ballot security. When rules are changed willy-nilly, public confidence in our election processes wane, and that can be a dangerous thing. This complaint seeks to protect the democratic rights of New Yorkers, and we are hopeful for an affirmative outcome by the Court.
Statewide News Service
Recently, I joined the Statewide News Service to discuss Governor Cuomo, his toxic workplace environment, sexual harassment, and abuse allegations and finally the recall and initiative referendum legislation.
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Cuomo Calling on White House for Cover
Embattled Governor Cuomo is running out of friends willing to cover up his sexual harassment and abuse allegations. However, it appears he still has the cover of President Joe Biden.
Reports from in and around the White House are that the President and Vice President are split on how to respond to the scathing allegations surrounding Cuomo. Biden has remained loyal to Cuomo saying an investigation should be carried out, while it is rumored Vice President Harris is ready and prepared to call on the Governor’s resignation.
On Wednesday, the Washington Examiner wrote this story featuring myself and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
I am happy that national publications have continued to follow the Governor Cuomo scandal closely and I hope that they also continue to remember that it does not end with the claims of sexual harassment and assault, but with the nursing home death cover up.
It is important that we continue to remember all those lost and the lies that came out of Albany in an effort to diminish the whistleblowers and those calling for the truth.
Live with Ed Ra
On Tuesday, March 23, I will be joined live with New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra. Assemblyman Ra is the senior Republican on the Ways and Means Committee and will be joining me to discuss the egregious New York State Budget that is moving forward in the State Assembly and Senate.
We will be live at 7:00pm Tuesday and we look forward to seeing you join us. As always, just visit our Facebook page where you will see the interview.