This year, the Legislature showed what can happen when it works together in a bipartisan manner to get results. The 2005 legislative session was a step in the right direction.
In 2006, I will continue focusing on what’s important to our families - creating good-paying jobs, providing quality education for our children, ensuring access to sound health care, and reducing the tax burden to help families keep more of their hard-earned money.
As always, I welcome your input. Please call my office at (607) 277-8030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Together we can get results.
Member of Assembly
106 East Court St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
|Lifton helps Assembly bring reform to New York State|
A more open and accountable state government
The Assembly adopted many rules changes this past legislative session to make the People’s House more effective and responsive to New Yorkers.
Beginning next year, there will be gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the Assembly and Senate sessions. Similar to C-SPAN, New Yorkers across the state will be able to get a better understanding of state government.Enacting historic reforms
The Assembly also passed meaningful reforms this year, several of which became law:
This year’s historic, on-time state budget:
Fixing the state’s voting system
Assemblywoman Lifton is heavily involved in the implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in New York. She helped pass legislation to provide voters with an electoral system that encourages voter participation and protects the integrity of the democratic process (Chs. 23, 24, 160, 179, 180 & 181 of 2005).
Lifton was also appointed to the Citizens’ Election Modernization Advisory Committee, a 12-member, bipartisan team assembled to review and make recommendations on which voting machines meet the requirements of HAVA and New York’s election law. She is working to ensure that voters will cast their ballots on machines that work reliably, accommodate people with disabilities and count votes accurately.
The state received $190 million in federal aid earmarked for new voting machines. Although the machines have to meet certain state and federal standards, counties will have the final decision about which ones to adopt. As a member of the advisory committee, Assemblywoman Lifton is working to try to ensure that counties have a real choice of voting machines and that decisions won’t be dictated by private companies.