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STUNNING: STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BOSS CLAIMS TO BE ARBITER OF WHICH NEW YORK POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ‘CREDIBLE’

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STUNNING: STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BOSS CLAIMS TO BE ARBITER OF WHICH NEW YORK POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ‘CREDIBLE’
Conservative Party Champions Will of Voters, Political Freedom; Reiterates that State Commission is “a Sham”

New York-Nov. 15…New York State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jac0bs, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handpicked leader of the constitutionally dubious New York State Public Finance Commission, declared on Thursday that his commission will determine which New York State political parties are “credible” and which are not. New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar called Mr. Jacobs’s statement, “stunning, self-serving, and wildly anti-democratic.”

“We have to make sure that people who run for offices on these party lines are running from party lines that are actual credible parties that have some demonstrated level of support,” Mr. Jacobs told The Capitol Pressroom.

New York State political parties are formed by achieving a 50,000-vote threshold in quadrennial New York gubernatorial elections, an established benchmark that goes back almost a century. Governor Cuomo’s commission, ostensibly created to establish a taxpayer-funded state campaign system, is now arbitrarily proposing that parties be required to attain as many as 250,000 votes in a gubernatorial year in order to exist. It has been suggested by good-government political observers and others that the Democratic-Party-boss-led commission has set its initial sights on The New York Working Families Party for revenge, a competing party on the political left that famously irritated Governor Cuomo by backing a competitor over Cuomo in the 2018 Democratic Party primary. With such arbitrary powers, the commission, or a subsequent commission, could then come after The Conservative Party, the third strongest party in New York, by establishing even higher thresholds, Chairman Kassar warned.

“Governor Cuomo and the New York Democratic Party boss are trying to kill off political competition in New York right before our eyes, and that’s a frightening scenario for everyone,” Chairman Kassar said. “They are using the guise of campaign finance to rationalize their ploy, but no one is buying it — a power grab is a power grab is a power grab. How can they possibly think that a state political party chairman should decide the fate of competing parties? It’s a preposterous attempt.”

The Public Finance Commission has proposed a wildly expensive matching fund program for state candidates — taxpayers matching political donations at a ratio of 20-1 under one suggestion — and then claimed that such a program would be too expensive with New York’s multiple party lines system. It’s convenient recommendation? Effectively abolish competing political parties, the Conservative Party noted.

“From day one, this  Commission has been blatantly unconstitutional,” Chairman Kassar continued. “It has no authority to make law  — only a duly-elected legislature can do that — and it has no right to end fusion voting in New York, a constitutionally protected practice going back more than 100 years. The work of the Commission is furthermore null and void because its members inexplicably failed to swear a required oath of office.”

A spokesman for Governor Cuomo angrily claimed two weeks ago that no oath of office for commission members was necessary. Those members quietly took oaths this week. Under clearly established State law, the Conservative Party maintains, all previous commission work must be nullified.

“This circus needs to end,” Chairman Kassar continued. “If Governor Cuomo wants to change the law to benefit himself, he should propose bill language to his allies in the State Legislature.  This surreptitious end-around has blown up in his face.”

 

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Statement by Chairman Kassar on Congressman Peter King’s Decision

For Immediate Release
November 11, 2019
Contact:  Shaun Marie
518-356-7882
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Statement by Chairman Kassar
on Congressman Peter King’s Decision

Brooklyn, NY – Congressman Peter King’s decision to not seek re-election in 2020 will be a loss to his constituents and especially to all Americans.  His leadership and expertise in homeland security and counter terrorism has been instrumental in keeping New York and America safe since the horrific 9/11 unprecedent assault on our homeland.

His long and lustrous career in the House of Representatives, fighting for his constituents, will be sorely missed, but we are confident Congressman King will always be available to continue the fight for his constituents and all Americans.

The Conservative Party is proud to call him a friend.

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HYPER-LEFT POLICIES JOLTING NEW YORK VOTERS: STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2019
Contact: Shaun Marie
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HYPER-LEFT POLICIES JOLTING NEW YORK VOTERS: STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY

Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 8…High-tax, anti-business, and soft-on-crime policies coming out of Democratic-controlled Albany are jolting everyday New Yorkers, and Tuesday’s election results reflect it, New York State Conservative Chairman Gerard Kassar today said.

“Despite some misleading news reports about this week’s elections, Tuesday’s results show a growing backlash against unhinged policy positions being driven by Albany’s hard political left,” Chairman Kassar said. “Voters around the state rejected this unbridled ‘progressivism’ by supporting Conservatives and Republicans at the polls, and we are confident that this trend is only just beginning. Leftist, one-party rule will spell disaster for this state, and voters are already beginning to react to it.”

Chairman Gerard Kassar noted Conservative-backed victories on Tuesday, including:

  • Taking back the Town of Hempstead – the largest town in the United States with 800K people;
  • Winning a civil court seat in Richmond County on the predominantly Democratic North Shore;
  • Flipping the town of Yorktown in Westchester County with 33 year- old Matt Slater a true rising star;
  • A landslide victory for returning Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro against Governor Cuomo’s handpicked candidate;
  • A district attorney win in heavily Democratic Dutchess County;
  • Flipping the Clinton County Legislature together with many other gains in the North Country;
  • Taking back the City of Canandaigua;
  • Winning every non-judicial election in Wayne County;
  • George Scaringe holding a lead in the Town of Colonie;
  • Mike Kavanaugh leading in the count for Ulster County District Attorney;
  • All 4 candidates in the Fourth Judicial District winning, with the Conservative Party line providing the margin of victory to Michael R. Cuevas.

The Conservative Party provided the margin of victory in many races, including Hempstead, the Richmond Judicial race as well as several Livingston County Judicial races, the Yorktown race, the City of Canandaigua in Ontario County, and Michael P. Cuevas in the 4th Judicial District, Chairman Kassar noted.

The Conservative Party attributes many of this year’s victories to the implementation of dangerous and outrageous policies on crime, taxes, and government spending, and on the cultural battles that caught the attention of New Yorkers from all localities and all walks of life.

“Democrats in Albany are turning this state into a laboratory for off-the-wall ‘progressivism’ and everyday New Yorkers are noticing it,” Kassar continued. “This is not the New York that the average voter wants, and if Tuesday is an early indicator, there will be hell to pay for the government malpractice we are witnessing. Mark my words: The pendulum is swinging in New York.”

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CONSERVATIVES TOUT WINS ACROSS NEW YORK STATE

For Immediate Release
November 6, 2019
Contact:  Shaun Marie
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CONSERVATIVES TOUT WINS ACROSS NEW YORK STATE

 Brooklyn, NY – State Chairman Gerard Kassar noted that the Conservative Party had a great election night due to the efforts of excellent local leaders of county organizations who put our candidates over the top.   Just some of the highlights are below:

  • Taking back the Town of Hempstead – the largest town in the United States with 800K people.
  • Winning a civil court seat in Richmond County on the predominately Democratic North Shore.
  • Flipping the town of Yorktown in Westchester County with 33 year- old Matt Slater a true rising star
  • A landslide victory for returning Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro against Governor Cuomo’s handpicked candidate
  • Flipping the Clinton County Legislature together with many other gains in the North Country
  • Taking back the City of Canandaigua
  • In Wayne County every single non-Judicial election was won by a candidate supported by the Wayne County Conservative Party.
  • Our candidate George Scaringe is holding a lead in the Town of Colonie.
  • In the Fourth Judicial District all 4 of our candidates won with the Conservative Party providing the margin of victory to Michael R. Cuevas.

The Party provided the margin of victory in many races including Hempstead, the Richmond Judicial race as well as several Livingston County Judicial races, the Yorktown race, and the City of Canandaigua in Ontario County.

Despite the unfortunate loss of our outstanding Monroe County Executive candidate, Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Conservatives had many victories. This can also be said of many of our county organizations who saw gains both small and large.

The Conservative Party attributes many of this year’s victories to the implementation by the New York State Legislature of outrageous polices, on crime, taxes, government spending and cultural battles that caught the attention of New Yorkers from all localities and all walks of life.

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Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio Have No Compassion for The Victims

For Immediate Release
November 4, 2019
Contact:  Shaun Marie
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Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio
Have No Compassion for The Victims
The Victims of the Crime are Also Entitled to Justice

 Brooklyn, NY – What were they thinking?  The democratic controlled New York State Legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill to eliminate bail for defendants charged with an array of misdemeanor and felony crimes and made it retroactive!

Thus, the Governor is able to free them even before the law’s effective date.  To add salt on the proverbial wound, Mayor de Blasio is offering incentives – that taxpayers are paying for – movie passes and gift cards to encourage them to return to court.

This is a complete miscarriage of true justice.  The people truly harmed are ignored, while the perpetrator is rewarded.  Taxpayers are forced to pay for this injustice.

Is it any wonder why people are fleeing New York in droves?

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CUOMO GROSSLY MISLEADING NEWS MEDIA ON PUBLIC FINANCE COMMISSION DISASTER: NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY

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CUOMO GROSSLY MISLEADING NEWS MEDIA ON PUBLIC FINANCE COMMISSION DISASTER: NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY

 Brooklyn – October 30…“Governor Andrew Cuomo is blatantly misleading the news media and the public in his effort to conceal catastrophic flaws in his Public Campaign Finance Commission, the not-so-thinly-veiled body he created in the 2019 State Budget to exact revenge on political enemies,” New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar today charged.

“His spokesman cited incorrect statute yesterday in an attempt to deflect attention from Cuomo’s most critical Commission error to date: Its members failed to take the required Oath of Office. As a result — under clear State law — any actions the commissioners have taken thus far are nullified. They were not conducted lawfully,” Chairman Kassar said.

The Conservative Party cited clear and long-established State law requiring Public Campaign Finance commissioners to swear an Oath of Office before conducting official state business, which they did not do (below).

Article XIII, Section 1 of the New York State Constitution states that:

Members of the Legislature and all officers, executive and judicial, except such inferior officers as may be by law exempted, shall, before they enter on the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of according to the best of my ability.

The Constitutional Article is codified in Public Officers Law Section 10 which states:

Every officer shall take and file the Oath of Office required by law, and every judicial officer of the Unified Court System, in addition, shall file a copy of said oath in the Office of the Court Administration before he shall be entitled to enter upon the discharge of any of his official duties.

Public Officers Law Section 2 defines the term ‘state officer’ which:

…includes every officer for whom all the electors of the State are entitled to vote,

 members of the Legislature, Justices of the Supreme Court, Regents of the

 University, and every officer appointed by one or more state officers, or by the Legislature, and authorized to exercise his official function throughout the entire state, or without limitation to any political subdivision of the State.

Attorney and Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph Lorigo, who also serves as Conservative Party Vice Chairman elaborated: “Public Officers Law Section 30 provides that the office of a public officer becomes vacant when the public officer refuses or neglects to take and file his or her Oath of Office within 30 days of appointment,” he said.

“The Governor would have you believe that there is an exception codified in Public Officers Law Section 73 for public officers who receive no compensation or are compensated on a per diem basis. Clearly this is not the case. Section 73 only applies to the Ethics Law sections and Disclosure. That is clear when Section 73 starts with the words ‘As used in this Section’, Chairman Lorigo said.

“Governor Cuomo will be admitting his deception,” Mr. Lorigo continued, “if these nine commissioners do, in fact, file an Oath of Office at this late juncture. But even if they do, Section 30 clearly points out that work done previously, and unlawfully, is negated. Attempting to file an Oath of Office, in accordance with the statutes at this late date, would render the commission unable to complete its task within the statute time frame.

“Governor Cuomo should stop with the shenanigans and allow the duly-elected State Legislature to do its job. Only it can create or amend State Election Law,” Mr. Lorigo concluded.

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Conservative Party Releases Social Media Ad Urging a NO vote on NYC Ballot Proposition Two

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2019
Contact:  Shaun Marie
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Conservative Party Releases Social Media Ad

Urging a NO vote on  NYC Ballot Proposition Two

Brooklyn, NY — The Conservative Party has released a social media ad in opposition to the NYC ballot proposal regarding changes to the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).

The Conservative Party is opposed to the CCRB and believes that each of these proposed changes to the Civilian Complaint Review Board only further empowers it, therefore a NO vote is recommended.

For more details on our position, click here.

To view the Ad, click here.

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Statement from New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

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Statement from New York State

Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar

 October 22, 2019

“Free speech and the competition of ideas — the lifeblood of democracy — are being brazenly and unlawfully threatened by Governor Andrew Cuomo and his handpicked state Democratic Party boss Jay Jacobs.

“This egregious assault on the Constitutional right to fusion voting in New York is bringing together Conservatives, the Working Families Party, Republicans, and brave Democrats because of its critical importance to free political discourse in New York.

“Today, State Senate Republicans are speaking out loudly and clearly about the sham commission created by Governor Cuomo and led by Democratic Party boss Jacobs — Jacobs was granted special dispensation to lead the commission through a surreptitious and almost universally unnoticed last-minute language insertion in the 2019-20 State Budget — and rightly claiming the exclusive right of the right of the State Legislature to make Election Law changes.

“It is the ardent and legally impregnable position of New York State Conservatives and Republicans that Governor Cuomo’s so-called ‘Public Financing Commission’ lacks any authority to amend or create state law. Only the State Legislature, duly elected by the People of New York State, have that right.

“Governor Cuomo has crossed a legal line in an effort to kneecap political competition and quiet dissent in New York from both the left and the right. It is encouraging, though, to see elected leaders from starkly different political persuasions stand together against such attempted tyranny.  Our forerunners would be proud.”

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***Fusion voting was established more than a century ago in New York as a good government measure to challenge rampant Tammany Hall corruption. It has thrice been upheld as constitutional in New York’s highest courts.

SHENANIGANS EXPOSED IN CUOMO PLOT TO KNEECAP WORKING FAMILIES PARTY

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SHENANIGANS EXPOSED IN CUOMO PLOT TO 
KNEECAP WORKING FAMILIES PARTY
Democrat Chairman Jacobs Knows Nothin’ About Nothin’ 

New York-Oct. 15…A longstanding prohibition against political party chairman serving on government policy-making commissions — common knowledge among New York party officials — was nullified by a one-sentence, last-minute language insertion deep inside the 2019-’20 State Budget that greenlighted New York Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs to serve as de facto chairman of a commission hellbent on kneecapping the rival Working Families Party (WFP), a story in The Albany Times Union has revealed.

Chairman Jacobs, an ardent opponent of fusion voting who has long-served as the Nassau County Democratic Party chairman as well, claims in the Times Union piece that a.) he noticed the language addition in the 2019-20 State Budget (virtually no one did) and b.) he was previously unaware that political party chairmen have been expressly banned from policy making roles for decades (an equally preposterous assertion.)

“It looks pretty obvious to me what’s going on here,” said New York State Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar. “Governor Cuomo is furious at the Working Families Party for endorsing Cynthia Nixon instead of him for governor in 2018, so his legislative mechanics cooked up a way to let his handpicked Democratic Chairman put a shiv  between the third and fourth ribs of the WFP. Thankfully, though, the plot is unravelling as members of the public and news media are catching onto what they’re up to.”

The last-minute budget language insertion expressly allowed party officials to serve on the New York State Public Financing Commission — by name. That commission was ostensibly created to look at establishing a taxpayer-funded matching fund program for state political candidates, but it quickly added to its purview a proposal to ban fusion voting in New York, a practice Jacobs has long and very publicly opposed. It then coupled the two issues, declaring that commission members would cast a single vote on all of its recommendations. Jacobs was even caught emailing Democratic Party subordinates to demand that they turn out at commission hearings as members of the public to support his positions on both issues.  (The Conservative Party maintains that the commission has no authority to change New York State Law; only a duly-elected State Legislature can do that.)

Fusion voting permits candidates to run on more than one ballot line, allowing voters to cast nuanced votes by supporting chosen candidates on ballot lines with which they most ideologically agree. It was enacted in the early 20th Century by good-government organizations to help combat endemic corruption in Tammany Hall Democratic politics, and it has thrice been upheld as Constitutional by State courts.

“New York’s third parties, whether they be progressive or conservative, foster crucially important debate in New York and serve as incubators of ideas,” Chairman Kassar said. “We should be promoting as much free speech and political diversity in New York as possible, not working cynically to repress it. What Governor Cuomo and Chairman Jacobs are saying simply doesn’t pass the laugh test. They need to come clean about what they’re up to.”

The Conservative Party, Working Families Party, and Republican Party have each filed suit against the commission’s attempt to eliminate fusion voting in New York.

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EMBOLDENED BY SOCIALIST CONGRESSWOMAN ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ; NEW CROP OF CANDIDATES RUN ON ANTI-CAPITALISM PLATFORM

For Immediate Release
October 8, 2019
Contact:  Shaun Marie
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EMBOLDENED BY SOCIALIST CONGRESSWOMAN ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: NEW CROP OF CANDIDATES RUN ON ANTI-CAPITALISM PLATFORM

Brooklyn, NY – Affordable housing is a problem for many who want to live in the greatest city in the United States, one that has thrived on capitalism.  To quote Frank Sinatra, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”

The latest crop of candidates, emboldened by the press that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez receives, are embracing her socialism by calling for the purging of private ownership of apartment buildings as a way of alleviating the city’s affordable housing crisis, which will only get worse under the “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection act of 2019” passed by the democratic controlled Houses  and signed by Governor Cuomo on June 14, 2019.

Does Boris Santos, who is running as a democratic socialist for the NYS Assembly in Brooklyn not read the papers?   Does he not understand the awful conditions that those who live in government-controlled housing – NYCHA – are forced to endure?  No heat in the dead of winter; elevators that do not work and rodents who invade their apartments to just mention a few of the problems faced by tenants in government run housing.

The only way to solve the affordable housing problem is to allow entrepreneurs to invest in housing and let the free market work.

Boris Santos is pushing this idea with his new “squad” and their motto seems to be “…this power is anti-capitalist baby!”

To which we say, should these radicals be elected, New York City will become Caracas and what was once the pinnacle of the US, will become a nadir of despair.

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CONSERVATIVE PARTY WILL FILE AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO NEW YORK’S GREEN LIGHT LAW

For Immediate Release  09/21/2019 
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CONSERVATIVE PARTY WILL FILE AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF
IN OPPOSITION TO NEW YORK’S GREEN LIGHT LAW

 Brooklyn, NY – The Conservative Party will file in the United States District Court Western District of New York, an Amicus Curiae brief in support of Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns’ motion for a preliminary injunction against the implementation of New York’s Green Light Law.

The Conservative Party of New York State, established in 1962, has always been bound by the rule of law that protects citizens.  On June 12, 2019, a majority of the members of the New York State Assembly passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, aka the Green Light Law.   Five days later, on June 17, a majority of the NYS Senate passed the Bill and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it on the 17th of June, with an effective date 180 days after it becomes law.

Prior to the law being passed, Section 502 of the NY Vehicle and Traffic Law required an applicant for a driver’s license to provide their Social Security number, except for certain exceptions applicable to legal residents who were not eligible for a Social Security number.  Section 502 was amended to allow an applicant for a driver’s license to no longer provide a Social Security number; rather an applicant only has to sign an affidavit that they have not been issued a Social Security number when applying for said license and the applicant shall not be required to prove that they are lawfully present in the United States.

Issuing driver’s licenses to individuals here illegally will allow said individuals to evade detection by federal law enforcement and due to the check off on the driver’s license application, may even allow individuals here illegally the right to vote.

It is the belief of the Conservative Party that the Green Light Law was written specifically to withhold information from federal law enforcement officials creating a security risk to the citizens of New York.  Duties of the DMV are primarily administered by elected county clerks, who will be required to follow the new law — and ignore federal law — or be removed by Governor Cuomo as allowed by the State Constitution.    The Conservative Party of New York State believes the only way this conflict will be resolved is via the previously filed lawsuit which this Amicus Curiae brief supports.

“With this Amicus brief the Conservative Party continues its efforts to get this poorly thought through state law that will lead to voter fraud and public safety concerns reversed.  We applaud Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and all the county clerks who are standing firm against its implementation,” Chairman Kassar concluded.

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CHRIS CUOMO: “NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW” ANDREW CUOMO: I AM THE LAW

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CHRIS CUOMO: “NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW”

ANDREW CUOMO: I AM THE LAW

NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATIVE PARTY TO UNLAWFUL CUOMO COMMISSION: “DROP DEAD”

 New York – Sept. 10…It’s a familiar CNN radio advertisement: “No man is above the law — not even the President,” Cuomo Prime Time host Christopher Cuomo bellows on the airwaves in the name of honest government.

But here in New York, Mr. Cuomo’s brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, is singing the opposite tune in working to circumnavigate the power of New York voters — and a State Legislature that represents them — by unlawfully attempting to quell speech from third-party voters in the Empire State and unjustly saddle taxpayers with the cost of state political campaigns, the New York State Conservative Party (NYSCP) today charged.  The NYSCP called both measures, “blatant and unconstitutional end-runs around a duly-elected Legislature.”

Mr. Cuomo is erroneously claiming that his newly appointed “Commission on Public Financing,” which meets today in New York City, has the power to end the long-established (first used in an 1854 gubernatorial election) and Constitutionally-upheld practice of fusion voting in New York State and to set up a statewide system of taxpayer funded campaigns, the NYSCP said. It does not, the NYSCP maintains, noting that New York State Election Law can only be created or amended by the Legislature — not by commissions — and that fusion voting has been repeatedly upheld in State courts as a Constitutionally-protected practice. The NYSCP has filed a legal action challenging the Commission’s authority.

Mr. Cuomo’s commission is chaired by State Democratic Party leader, Jay Jacobs.

The NYSCP, which opposes taxpayer funding of political campaigns and refuses to recognize the authority of the Commission on Public Financing, will not be attending Tuesday’s hearing.

“Anyone who cherishes free speech and the rule of law should be alarmed by what Governor Cuomo and the New York State Democratic Party are trying to ram through with this sham commission,” NYSCP Chairman Gerard Kassar said. “They are attempting to shut down political dissent in New York and foist the cost of political campaigns on already beleaguered New Yorker taxpayers. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers — conservatives and progressives alike — will have their voices silenced and millions will have their pockets picked if Governor Cuomo’s frightening power grab is not stopped.”

Fusion voting permits candidates to run on more than one ballot line, allowing voters to cast nuanced votes by supporting chosen candidates on ballot lines with which they most ideologically agree. It was enacted in the early 20th Century by good-government organizations to help combat endemic corruption in Tammany Hall Democratic politics, and thrice upheld as Constitutional by State courts.

Chairman Kassar is urging state legislators to make clear their authority over matters of law: “There’s only one way to make or change state law in New York,” he said, “and that’s through a duly elected state legislature. As a former Attorney General, Mr. Cuomo shouldn’t have to be reminded of that.”

 

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