Common Cause/NY Responds to Cuomo's 2012 State of the State

By WKTV News

In response to Governor Cuomo's second annual State of the State address, Common Cause/NY Executive Director, Susan Lerner, released the following statements:

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"The Governor struck a significant blow for democracy today. Public financing of elections is at the core of campaign finance reform and we applaud his outstanding commitment to increasing political participation. Our politics is out of control, undermined by the myriad loop holes used to skirt campaign contribution limits and the lack of meaningful enforcement. The Governor understands that an engaged citizenry is essential to preserving our democracy."


"Common Cause/NY applauds Governor Cuomo for his unwavering commitment to non-politicized redistricting maps. The Governor knows that gerrymandering prioritizes political self-interest over the interests of the people, which is why Common Cause has designed the only set of reform alternative maps for state and federal office. There is no practical impediment -- only a political one -- to achieving fair, non-politicized district lines. As we move through the redistricting process, we will work to support the Governor and help insure that New Yorkers get the democracy they deserve."

"In December, Common Cause/NY released a set of proposed Congressional and State maps drawn according to good government principles.

"The maps are available at and as an interactive format called UMapNY at

"In producing reform maps, Common Cause/NY is responding to the current redistricting process which is characterized by partisanship and political self interest, with maps drawn behind closed doors. The Legislative Task Force on Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) is a bipartisan commission of legislators, and legislative staffers, responsible for redrawing electoral lines every ten years to reflect changes in the census.

"However, there has been increased debate about the democratic validity of the process, since legislators routinely draw lines to reflect their own needs, rather than the needs of real New Yorkers. Common Cause/NY has attended many LATFOR hearings, with running analysis on its blog:"

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