Yesterday, Senate Republicans officially returned Albany to its status as the most dysfunctional capital in the nation, dealing a shameful blow to the cause of reform. In a brazen move stolen straight out of the playbook of convicted felon Tom DeLay, millions of New Yorkers were disenfranchised as part of a last ditch Republican attempt to cling to power.
But don’t just take my word for it. Look at what Governor Cuomo’s Office said:
“At first glance, these lines are simply unacceptable and would be vetoed by the Governor. We need a better process and product.”
Once again, Senator Skelos and his GOP cronies proved themselves to be the Party of Broken Promises, going back on every pledge made that they would produce fair, non-partisan maps.
But don’t just take my word for it, look at what former NYC Mayor Ed Koch said:
“No surprise, I am disappointed in this result and in the dishonorable lawmakers who openly pledged to do things differently this year, and then reneged when it wasn’t to their political advantage. What a shame: this is not reform in letter or in spirit. Today, victory lies with the Enemies of Reform.”
Not surprisingly, this Republican scheme ignores the criteria recommended by Governor Cuomo and good government groups alike. Instead, the lines shamefully and illegally break up communities of interest, significantly vary in population, are not compact and are not even contiguous!
But don’t just take my word for it, look at what Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) said:
“The Senate’s maps are clearly the most gerrymandered lines in recent New York history.”
Call Majority Leader Dean Skelos at (516) 766-8383 and tell him you pick your Senator, not him!