And Here It Is: Cuomo Hails Redistricting Deal

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The Republican Senate drew Democratic State Senate candidate Lew Fidler's house, in the southeastern part of this new district, into a fellow Democrat's seat.

In the wee hours of the morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted out a statement touting two of the three aspects of his redistricting compromise: a constitutional amendment providing a commission to draw districts the in the future and a statue to implement the amendment as ordinary law if the Legislature doesn’t follow through with its promise to pass the amendment in the subsequent legislative session.

(Left unsaid are the “less hyper-political” lines standard he previously presented as a condition of his support.)

“This agreement will permanently reform the redistricting process in New York to once and for all end self-interested and partisan gerrymandering,” Governor Cuomo said in the release.

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Cuomo Applauds Texting-While-Driving Crackdown

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Governor Cuomo (Photo: Getty)

Governor Andrew Cuomo approvingly announced today that more and more New Yorkers are getting the book thrown at them for driving under the influence … the influence of Twitter and text messages, that is.

As a result of a new strict New York law banning the practice, since July, almost 119,000 motorists have been ticketed for using handheld devices while on the road.

“Texting while driving is illegal and endangers the lives of New Yorkers across the state,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “These tickets should send a resounding message to all drivers: keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. I thank the State Police and local law enforcement for their dedication to ensuring the safety of the people of the state of New York.”

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New York Attorney General Begs Senators to Oppose Gun Bill

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (Getty)

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asked top Senators to help defeat a bill that he said would compromise his ability to fight crime. Mr. Schneiderman wrote a letter to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in which he urged them “to oppose the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act” because it would increase violence and make it easier for gun traffickers to do business in the Empire State. Continue reading “New York Attorney General Begs Senators to Oppose Gun Bill”