Redistricting en Reform groups urge no vote on redistricting ballot amendment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Government reform groups are beginning their push early to convince voters to reject an amendment on redistricting that will be on the state’s November ballot. They say it’s a sham that does not offer the changes it promises.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:15:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 57798 at Reform groups urge no vote on redistricting ballot amendment Incumbents real winners in NY legislative elections <p>The vast majority of incumbent state legislators were re-elected Tuesday night, upholding a decades-long Albany tradition. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 06:37:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 28780 at Republican John Sharon will run again for state Assembly <p>John Sharon thinks a one-on-one race will give him a better shot at winning a seat in the New York State Assembly.</p><p>Two years ago, Sharon was one of four candidates vying for the 119th Assembly District. Democrat Sam Roberts emerged the winner.</p><p>But this year Sharon, a Republican, will try again -- though in a slightly different district. <a href="" target="_blank">After redistricting</a>, the 119th has become the 128th, but still encompasses the eastern part of Syracuse and its eastern suburbs. That includes Dewitt, where Sharon lives. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:16:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 23017 at Republican John Sharon will run again for state Assembly State legislature approves historically low number of bills <p>According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, the 2012 session resulted in 571 pieces of legislation approved by both houses of the New York state legislature. &nbsp;<br /><br /> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:05:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21968 at Gov. Cuomo, Legislative leaders reach agreement on redistricting, other issues <p>The New York Senate and Assembly have approved new district lines, as Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced agreement on a number of other unrelated issues, including expansion of the state’s DNA data base, pension reform, and an amendment to allow more gambling in New York.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:01:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 15986 at Redistricting Amendment Scrutinized <p>State lawmakers have missed a deadline to come to an agreement on the redrawing of Congressional district lines, likely leaving a federal judge&#39;s plan as the one that will be instituted.</p><p>A State Assembly spokesman said Sunday night that an agreement could not be reached and they await the judge&#39;s revised plan, which is due out Monday.</p><p>U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann&#39;s first draft removes Oswego County from Democrat Bill Owens&#39;s district. The county would be split, with half going to Republican Ann-Marie Buerkle and half going to fellow Republican Richard Hanna.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:23:09 +0000 Karen DeWitt 15794 at State Assembly introduces bill to hold all state primaries in June <p>The New York State Assembly has introduced a bill to hold all of the state’s primary elections on June 26th, to correspond with a court order requiring that congressional primary contests be held then. So far, the State Senate wants to hold the state primaries on a separate date, in late August.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:17:09 +0000 Karen DeWitt 14379 at State Legislature releases redistricted lines, Democrats not happy <p>The New York State legislature’s proposed redistricted lines have been finally been released to the public. The plans for Senate districts are drawing the most fire, for the addition of a newly created 63rd district and configurations that pit some incumbent minority party Democrats against one another. WRVO's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:41:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt 13514 at State Legislature spends first day of session working on bi-partisan bill <p>The New York State legislature, on its first official day of business, acted in a show of bi- partisanship, to divest the state of investments in Iran, but Democrats and Republicans in the Senate continue to argue over redistricting.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:45:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 12519 at Gov. Cuomo hopes to continue success in 2012 <p>Governor Cuomo achieved a number of goals in his first year as governor, but as Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo does not intend to rest easy during the upcoming second year of his term.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 13:17:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 12115 at Gov. Cuomo says he will veto redistricting lines currently being drawn <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo is stating in no uncertain terms that he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are not independent and non partisan.</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:15:49 +0000 Karen DeWitt 8461 at