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NYDLC Steering Committee with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman At Our 2011 Spring Fundraiser

Upcoming Events

Next Steering Committee Meeting WEDNESDAY, March 26th.

All members are welcome and encouraged to join us at our monthly planning meeting where we hear updates from committee chairs and plan new projects.

When: Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30pm
Where: Patton Boggs, 1185 6th Ave. NY, NY
RSVP: to rsvp@nydlc.org (for building security)

*Please note that in 2014, Steering Committee Meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Legislative Committee Meeting, April 8th
This meeting is open to all interested in forwarding NYDLC's Legislative Agenda. We will discuss the voting rights projects and issues that we are currently working on, provide opportunities to get involved and begin planning for lobby day.

When: Tuesday, April 8th 6:30pm
Where: Patton Boggs, 1185 6th Ave., NY, NY
RSVP to hal.hodes@gmail.com
Dial in: 712-432-0360 x930322

NYDLC Legislative Advocacy Day - Tuesday, April 29th
Join NYDLC as we travel to Albany to advocate for the passage of specific bills to improve voting and elections in New York State. No experience is required, we will provide information and training. If you are interested and want to find out more, please attend our legislative committee meeting, or email hal.hodes@gmail.com

NYDLC Presents Testimony to the New York City Council on Voting and Election Administration

On Friday, February 28th, NYDLC Steering Committee member Jarret Berg presented testimony to the New York City Council Government Operations Committee. The testimony, which was written and edited by Jarret, Executive Director Alex Voetsch, Downstate VP Len Kohen, and Legislative Chair Hal Hodes included recommendation for improving poll worker quality, fixing Election Day operations, and increasing access to the polls. Read the full testimony by clicking below.

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State Legislative Update

Following the NYDLC’s annual Albany Legislative Advocacy Day on April 16 and our continued work with lawmakers through the end of New York’s legislative session last week, the Assembly passed three of the bills on our legislative platform.

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Co-Chair John Nonna Speaks About Service and Justice

Last Thursday, NYDLC Co-Chair John Nonna was honored by the Westchester County Democratic Committee. He spoke about being committed to public service and justice. Click below to read his full speech which is both inspiring for all who believe in democracy and is a call to action this fall.

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3rd Circuit upholds continuance of RNC Consent Decree

Article by David Kogelman - On Thursday, March 8th, the 3rd Circuit upheld a consent decree first entered into by the RNC in 1982, which bars it from engaging in “ballot security measures” designed to keep minority members from voting. It is worth reviewing as a reminder of the Republican party’s historical and continuing voter suppression efforts, both on the national and state level, which NYDLC works to prevent.

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Amicus Brief Filed to Help End Prison Gerrymandering

The issue of how to count prisoners in the census is critical to protecting the concept of one person one vote. Senator Martin Malave Dilan has submitted an amicus brief (“friend of court”) to the State Supreme Court in Albany supporting the constitutionality of the 2010 law requiring prisoners to be counted at their prior “homes of record” for state legislative redistricting. The brief was filed by Len Kohen and Jeff Wice who were assisted by Paul Evans and Michael McKenna all NYDLC members working in an individual capacity.

You can view the full amicus brief here.

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The NYDLC Steering Committee With Former DNC Chair Governor Howard Dean, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Westchester County Democratic Chair Reginald LaFayette, and City Council Member Dan Garodnick