Editorial: NY election ‘citizen auditors’ are enjoying a harmful recreation
Disgrace on former state Senate candidate Angi Renna for lending her repute to a shadowy fringe group difficult the outcomes of New York’s 2020 election based mostly on fuzzy math and false assumptions. We as soon as thought sufficient of her to endorse her candidacy. We emphatically object to her actions on behalf of a bunch claiming election fraud in New York.
Renna just lately hosted a public assembly in Liverpool the place a presenter recognized solely as “Artwork” carried out an internet seminar claiming election “irregularities” in 15 New York counties, together with Onondaga County.
New York Residents Audit desires the entire election tossed out. However they don’t supply any proof of election fraud. They received’t say who they’re, the place they reside or the place they get their funding.
They current “a collection of calculations and comparisons of numbers that the group says present some doable humorous enterprise amongst New York’s 13.5 million enrolled voters in 2020,” Washington reporter Mark Weiner reported. “They didn’t present particulars of their work to election officers or hunt down doable the reason why their numbers don’t line up.”
Take the ten,289 lively voters whose birthdates are listed as January 1, 1850. The audit group derisively calls them “Lincoln voters” — for Abraham Lincoln, get it? — and desires these votes disqualified. If the “citizen auditors” had cared to ask, they’d know that earlier than 1974, New York voters solely wanted to state their age to forged a poll. January 1. 1850, grew to become a placeholder for his or her birthdates when voting information have been computerized in 2007.
We received’t additional amplify the audit group’s wackadoodle claims. You possibly can learn all about them in Weiner’s story, together with the peerlessly logical explanations for the eccentricities they view as suspicious. Weiner’s cautious reporting exhibits how teams like this create disinformation: Take a kernel of reality, twist its that means and plant the seed of doubt within the minds of people who find themselves gullible, feckless or each.
The final word purpose of New York Residents Audit, and comparable efforts in different states, is to destroy our confidence in free and honest elections. If candidates and their supporters refuse to simply accept the need of the voters, elections turn into meaningless. Democracy is over.
New York Citizen Audit’s rickety effort is youngster’s play in comparison with ex-President Donald Trump’s elaborate makes an attempt to overturn the 2020 election, culminating within the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. The Home Choose Committee on Jan. 6 is laying all of it out for the American folks to see. If solely the People who must see it — the individuals who consider Trump’s “Huge Lie” a few stolen election — have been watching.
In the meantime, election deniers are working, and successful, in primaries for Congress and for workplaces that oversee elections. This might have dire penalties.
We don’t declare New York’s election equipment is ideal. However to assert it’s riddled with fraud is an outright lie, one which undermines the sanctity of the vote and the general public’s religion in authorities. Teams like Residents Audit New York, and enablers like Angi Renna, are enjoying a harmful recreation.
Albany Instances Union. June 19, 2022.
Editorial: Reform, this isn’t
The state’s new ethics fee appears to be like far an excessive amount of just like the previous ineffective one.
Gov. Kathy Hochul and state legislators changed one politically appointed ethics fee with one other and appeared to hope everybody would simply settle for it as reform. Sadly, some authorities watchdog teams are doing simply that.
The acceptance of the brand new ethics physique, nevertheless grudging, and the involvement of regulation faculty deans from across the state within the new course of might lend it an air of legitimacy. That doesn’t make it progress.
The fee will change the Joint Fee on Public Ethics, which was created by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature in 2011. JCOPE was a software of state officers from the beginning, with a board appointed by the governor and legislative leaders and dominated by the governor’s picks. Uncommon guidelines — ostensibly meant to stop political witch hunts — allowed minorities of fee members to dam investigations. And secrecy provisions stored the general public from seeing to what diploma factions inside JCOPE have been in a position to defend their political patrons and allies. However JCOPE’s failure to pursue high-level corruption spoke for itself.
The brand new Fee on Ethics and Lobbying in Authorities, which is scheduled to take over on July 8, began out as an intriguing idea from Gov. Hochul, who proposed having a board composed of deans from the New York’s 15 state-accredited regulation colleges, or their designees. However by the point that proposal made it by way of the meat grinder of negotiations with legislative leaders, the end result appeared an terrible lot just like the previous sausage with new packaging. Somewhat than an impartial board, this 11-member physique will likely be chosen by — anticipate it — the governor and legislative leaders.
To be honest, there are some noteworthy variations: The governor will get fewer appointees — three of the 11 as an alternative of six of the 14 on JCOPE; the state comptroller and lawyer common additionally make one appointment every; and the regulation faculty deans will vet the appointees.
The method for vetting potential fee members was heralded final week as a big advance in public integrity, but it surely fails to deal with what was the elemental downside with JCOPE and is more likely to be with its successor. The brand new course of requires candidates to bear a rigorous background verify and be evaluated by a nominating committee composed of the deans. The committee will be capable of reject any who’re discovered to lack “undisputed honesty, integrity and character.”
That’s all effectively and good, however the issue with JCOPE was not that politicians have been appointing felons and different ne’er-do-wells. They appointed largely achieved, upstanding New Yorkers — and in addition loyalists. Maybe not all of them, however actually sufficient to make JCOPE right into a lapdog relatively than a watchdog.
We simply noticed how claims of independence don’t make a fee impartial within the wretched efficiency of the so-called Unbiased Redistricting Fee that was tasked with drawing new legislative and congressional district maps. The fee — appointed by the Legislature, sound acquainted? — deadlocked alongside occasion traces and tossed the ball to the Democrat-controlled Legislature, which drew gerrymandered maps which have now been declared unconstitutional by courts. It was a sham.
And so is that this. This new fee can costume itself up in all the principles it desires, good authorities teams can marvel all they care to, however to borrow from a morality story: This physique has no garments.
Jamestown Submit-Journal. June 22, 2022.
Editorial: Hochul Ought to Maintain Off On Penalties For Nursing Extra time
Laws to minimize the necessary time beyond regulation labored by space nursing house nurses — and presumably result in penalties paid by nursing house house owners– is awaiting Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature.
The invoice hasn’t but been offered to the governor, however A.8874/S.8063 handed each homes of the state Legislature because the legislative session got here to a detailed. In our opinion, Hochul ought to veto the invoice.
That doesn’t imply it’s OK for nurses to work an infinite collection of double shifts every week. Nursing is a useful occupation in our society, however nurses ought to be capable of have a life exterior of labor. Lessening nurses’ time beyond regulation is a worthy purpose.
Medicaid reimbursements haven’t paid for minimal ranges of take care of fairly a while. Then, in April, state rules handed by the legislature in 2021 requiring a minimum of 3.5 hours of care per resident per day took impact. That invoice — which is the topic of a lawsuit — forces nursing properties to both rent extra staff or lower their variety of residents. The state’s choice to restrict time beyond regulation by nurses locations many nursing properties between a rock and a tough place whereas balancing over the Grand Canyon on a bit of flimsy string.
The triple-whammy with which the state is hitting well being care suppliers will find yourself hurting sufferers and the aged. Some suppliers are utilizing time beyond regulation to keep away from hiring extra workers, however others legitimately can’t discover staff and may’t present primary care with out nurses working time beyond regulation.
If New York was critical about defending staff and residents, the state would have elevated the Medicaid reimbursement for nursing house residents in order that nursing properties might afford to rent extra workers and supply the next beginning wage to draw extra staff. Legislators didn’t select that possibility. As a substitute, they made a foul scenario worse with one more regulation that makes life more durable on nursing properties and which might make life worse for the senior residents dwelling in our nursing properties.
New York Submit. June 19, 2022.
Editorial: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney will get a main problem he sorely deserves
We’re no followers of ultra-left state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, however she positive has picked a fats goal in difficult Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney within the Aug. 23 Democratic main for the seventeenth District: He’s essentially the most smug, self-serving incumbent in all New York.
His most up-to-date low was to not even notify one other incumbent, Rep. Mondaire Jones, earlier than declaring he’d run within the district that the brand new, honest electoral maps (required after the courts nixed Democrats’ bid to gerrymander Republicans into insignificance) put them each in, despite the fact that the brand new district had extra of Jones’ previous one than it did Maloney’s.
Then once more, Maloney performed an enormous position in that misbegotten gerrymander effort that so backfired for Dems, placing not simply Jones and Maloney in battle, but additionally senior Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney.
Method again on Nov. 30, 2020, he informed Politico, “We should win the redistricting struggle,” as he ready to take over the Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee. And he plainly inspired the Legislature to attempt to do exactly that, as its plan was to chop Republicans down to simply 4 Home seats in New York from the eight or so any honest map would enable.
That gambit was a blatant violation of the state Structure’s guidelines for redistricting, and of the clearly expressed views of most New Yorkers in a number of ballot-measure votes.
However Maloney’s sleaze goes again additional: He’s additionally the man who ran for 2 workplaces on the identical time again in 2018, coming into the first for state lawyer common whilst he stayed within the race for his Home seat.
As we famous then, “The rich three-term incumbent plainly figures he can take a shot at a greater job with out risking his present one. So what if it’s a slap within the face of his constituents?” And of venture that risked handing the swing congressional district to the Republicans.
He additionally spent money from his federal marketing campaign fund on the state race, a legally doubtful transfer that deprived solely his fellow Democrats — although Tish James wound up successful handily anyway.
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