There are three ballot propositions on the November ballot. If approved by voters they will: 1) Create a redistricting commission to draw the new state legislative and House of Representatives’ district lines every 10 years, with the commission members appointed by the state legislative leaders, 2) amend the current constitutional requirement of distributing paper versions of proposed bills to state legislators to allow for electronic distribution and 3) authorize New York State to borrow up to $2 billion for school funding, with a stated purpose of “improving learning and opportunity for public and nonpublic school students”, including the purchase of equipment, expanding school broadband access, building classrooms for pre-K and replacing trailers and installing “high-tech security features.”
I’ve asked gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo and Rob Astorino for their positions on each of the propositions. Cuomo supports the first and third propositions, the redistricting commission and school bond issue. On allowing electronic bills in place of paper bills in the state legislature, Cuomo said “I haven’t taken a position yet.” Astorino opposes the first and third propositions, the redistricting commission and school bond issue. In our discussion he did not state a position on the second proposition, to allow electronic bills in place of paper bills in the state legislature.
I spoke with Cuomo today, just before the Columbus Day Parade, and with Astorino on September 26th following an appearance in Farmingdale.
Here’s NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on the ballot propositions.
Update: On October 23rd Cuomo revised his position, stating that he supports proposition #2.