Last week, Senate Republicans attempted to silence the people’s voice, using parliamentary maneuvering to prevent a public hearing on Governor Cuomo’s Redistricting Reform Act of 2011. Today, they continued their retreat from reform in a way that was so brazen, they wrapped their broken promises in our State’s most hallowed document – its Constitution.
Here are the simple facts: during last year’s elections, all 32 Senate Republicans signed former Mayor Ed Koch’s reform pledge in support of independent redistricting pursuant to this year’s census. Today, they simply kicked the can down the road another 10 years, only serving to lengthen their more than 40 year record of refusing to change the way business is done in Albany.
The Senate GOP thinks New Yorkers are foolish enough to fall for the same half-measures and empty promises that have been served up in the past. We know better and I need you to stand with me and leaders from around this state, Republican and Democrat alike.
Go to passthepledge.com and join thousands of your fellow New Yorkers in demanding that all 32 Senate Republicans keep their promise and pass the pledge!
It’s time to allow voters to choose their elected representatives instead of allowing Senators to choose their constituents!