In a brazen power grab that slammed the doors of government on the very people we are privileged to represent and muzzled the free and fair debate that defines our democracy, Senate Republicans have once again broken their promise to New York and refused to support independent redistricting. Yesterday, in what could only be described as a gross abuse of the public trust, the Republican Majority shamefully cast aside the rules of the Senate and without even an explanation, summarily rejected a request to give Governor Cuomo’s Redistricting Reform Act of 2011 the public hearing it deserves.
Today the Democrat and Chronicle called out the GOP for their Broken Promise. In their Editorial “Gov. Cuomo needs to hold Senate GOP accountable on redistricting,” the Democrat and Chronicle said the following:
Republicans in the state Senate who signed a pledge to support an independent panel to redraw legislative districts lines either think New Yorkers suffer amnesia or they’re fools.
That’s the only reasonable conclusion that can be made now that they’re backing away from the pledge which most of them signed last fall.
Led by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, GOP senators such as Jim Alesi, George Maziarz, Michael Nozzolio and Joe Robach are running away from Gov. Cuomo’s redistricting proposal.
Charlie King, the state Democratic Party’s executive director, had some fun with the situation Tuesday by passing out so-called “Truth Juice” to GOP senators in Albany. But the truth that their reneging on pledges signed by 54 of 62 senators is no laughing matter.
Is there no honor anymore among politicians? Let’s just say it’s this kind of flip-flopping that’s responsible for their low ratings in virtually every public opinion poll…
uring last year’s election, every Senate Republican signed former Mayor Ed Koch’s reform pledge in support of independent redistricting. Now, all of them are not only refusing to keep their own word but they are taking the unprecedented step of preventing any discussion that even mentions the word “redistricting” or relates to what has been called by good government groups the most important piece of reform legislation in our State’s history.
It is clear the GOP will go to any length to avoid scrutiny for breaking a promise they never intended to keep. We cannot let this stand!
Others around the state have also begun to take note: CentralNY.ynn.com: Efforts At Redistricting Reform Raise Ruckus Times Union Video of Sen. Gianaris