Vote no on partisan ballot Proposal 1
No doubt, you may remember learning about redistricting: The process of using census data once a decade to redraw legislative lines to reflect population changes.
Redistricting impacts our communities in every way.
History has shown that too often, legislative districts are carved up to benefit the party in power. Rather than drawing districts based on commonalities, legislative leaders engage in packing and stacking voters to protect partisan agendas.
The good news is unlike in past years when politicians drew those lines, more than 2 million New Yorkers voted in 2014 to give that responsibility to a new “Independent Redistricting Commission.”
This commission relies on input from citizens—not politicians—to decide how to divide districts while ensuring communities are fairly represented.
Unfortunately, the downstate-driven party bosses slipped onto this November’s ballot a constitutional amendment (Proposition 1) to roll this back.
If passed, it would continue to take New York in the wrong direction that’s led to the exodus from our state and impact our area’s balanced representation.
Redistricting shouldn’t be about what’s best for Democrats or Republicans but what is best for all New Yorkers.
I agree with the League of Women Voters and The Gazette Editorial Board: Vote “no” on Proposition 1.
Sen. Jim Tedisco
The writer represents the 49th District in the state Senate.
Look deeper into politicians’ records
Claire Pelletier-Hoblock, in the Stefanik cheerleader’s Oct. 24 letter (“Stefanik brings home bacon to her district”), she inadvertently underscores the problem with politics in our country: We can ignore the record of our representatives as long as they line our pockets while they line theirs and strive for power.
As a people, do we look at whether a politician has worked for the benefit of all Americans? Have they followed his or her oath to support the Constitution of the United States? Have they offered solutions to problems, or just railed against the other party?
Where was Stefanik when the insurrection was orchestrated by the president in an attempt to retain power notwithstanding the popular vote? Has she condemned that attack on our Constitution? Or has she kissed the rings of the enablers who attacked the Republican watchdog of the Constitution, Liz Cheney, in order to replace her?
Many of these folks who blindly support their own representatives call for term limits. Apparently, that’s for other politicians, not our own, as long as they pay us off by “bringing home the bacon,” political slush funds of our tax dollars designed for the elected official to retain power.
The powerful Sen. McConnell, for example, brings his state far more money than his state tenders in federal taxes. He has no answers, just obstruction.
The fundamental term limit is the ability to vote. But that requires hard work. We must look at actual voting records, proposals to benefit all Americans, and whether that politician has taken his or her oath of office seriously.
Bruce S. Trachtenberg
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