Palumbo Appalled at Gov.’s Decision to Allow Felons to Vote

A statement from Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) on Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order essentially pardoning 35,000 parolees
April 18, 2018

“I’m appalled at the Governor’s total disregard for the legislative process by unilaterally allowing all parolees in New York to vote. This is obviously an attempt to set himself up for both his re-election campaign in November and a presidential run in 2020.

“King Cuomo should not be permitted to place his election hopes over public safety and overreach in this fashion. Quite frankly, this abuse of his office for his own political ambition and to further his pro-criminal stances erodes the fabric of our democracy and society. Raise the Age, releasing cop killers from prison and now allowing felons to vote – an absolute abomination.

“Of course, a vehicle already exists for convicted felons/parolees to vote by way of a Relief From Civil Disabilities from the sentencing judge upon proof that the defendant has made positive strides toward rehabilitation. For the Governor to paint every convict and parolee with the same exonerating brush is wrong. I intend to pursue all remedies, including a possible lawsuit and a stay of this Executive Order.”