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Goodell in favor of proposal to allow recall votes every general election in November

April 25, 2013

ALBANY — A proposed constitutional amendment would put the power back in the hands of voters and provide an extra level of checks and balances for voters....

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Christopher

Apr-25-13 5:07 AM

Something doesn't pass the smell test here. I like the idea, but coming from an elected official, this makes me very, very suspicious.

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Truthteller

Apr-25-13 7:19 AM

It is subject to corrupt use--ironic since corruption is what Goodell claims it will thwart. I'd say if the problem of corruption is that big, then the voters are to blame for their own stupidity in electing so many corrupt representatives.

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joew

Apr-25-13 7:30 AM

I'll be willing to wager I could probably name most if not all of the legislators who will vote nay.

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commentor

Apr-25-13 8:03 AM

Anything can be corrupt. I think it's a good idea. I also think it won't happen because of the corruption in politics.

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DarkStar

Apr-25-13 8:10 AM

Truthteller,

Exactly!

As I said in the poll thread, if recalls are allowed does anyone really doubt that as soon as, say the County Exec, is elected the group that lost the election, be they democrats or republicans, would start working toward a recall even before the winning person assumed office?

Also I find it ironic that the vast majority of incumbents are reelcted year after year and yet we keep trying to come up with ways to get people we ourselves keep reelecting out of office.

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PhilJulian

Apr-25-13 8:57 AM

Unfortunately it is the special interests that have the money and the power - not the people. The reason incumbents keep getting re-elected is that they have special interest money to finance their campaigns. The system is corrupt and the only way to fix it is campaign finance reform. Recall votes sounds good but it would likely evolve into another corrupt political tool for removing people from office.

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joew

Apr-25-13 9:01 AM

After having done a bit of research there is no evidence of(widespread) abuse of the recall process. 36 states currently provide for recall of local and county officials while only 18 have provision for recall of state officials. I think the "frivolous" reasons as mentioned would be held to a minimum based on the percent needed to start the process.

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dabegr

Apr-25-13 9:19 AM

The truth is the Assembly minority has no ability to pass any legislation, or even to get it to the floor. This is a grandstanding effort to gather publicity for those unable to actually accomplish anything. Where do the NYS Senate Republicans stand on this issue, they can actually pass a bill in their chamber.

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Dcronlg

Apr-25-13 9:43 AM

First, the GOP championed voter fraud legislation for GOP-research-proven, non-existent voter fraud.

And now, the GOP claims we need recall laws for "corruption and other reasons" because, one supposes, the Queens assemblyman is just a tip of the proverbial iceberg of rampant corruption.

Sniping is the best the assembly minority can do??

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joew

Apr-25-13 1:29 PM

Phil-there are other reasons as well such as using taxpayer monies to hand out like candy in order to garner votes.The ridiculous SAFE act passed on a wave of emotion and tears is yet another example.

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concerned

Apr-25-13 7:32 PM

dagebr is correct this is just grandstanding it has been done by politicians at all levels of government and all parties. Raise some issue to be popular knowing full well it will never get enough support to be brought up for a vote!

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Carlaw

Apr-26-13 5:33 AM

dabegr is probably a disgruntled politician who lost an election and can't seem to move on in life. Recall elections would put a spotlight on corruption for many uninformed voters and make it harder to sweep corruption under the rug every two years.

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