Assemblyman John Salka (R,C,I,-Ref-Brookfield) and Sen. Jim Tedisco (R,C-Glenville) held a press conference today to introduce the New York state Gerrymander Failure Assistance Act (S.9050), which would hold the state accountable for all costs associated with the upcoming primary election on August 23, 2022.
As a result of the New York state Court of Appeals shooting down the hyper-partisan and unconstitutional redistricting maps, our election boards will be tasked with conducting two separate primary elections. Currently, localities could possibly assume an additional $100,000-$400,000 in expenditures to run an additional primary.
“By meddling in the redistricting process, the Legislature has, once again, subverted the will of New Yorkers, said Salka. “As a result, the state has moved the primaries to August. Now this body plans to leave the added expense in the hands of each county’s board of Elections. Clearly, the state should pay. This legislation will ensure local governments are made financially whole by the state.”
“The Senate Majority and the Governor must be running out of new ways to tax New Yorkers so now they’re working on new ways to waste our tax dollars! Their hyper-partisan gerrymandered redistricting maps were ruled unconstitutional by the New York State Court of Appeals. Instead of holding one consolidated primary for all elected offices in August, they’re saddling a new $25 million unfunded state mandate onto the backs of our local governments. As the saying goes, ‘if you break it, you buy it.’ Our ‘NYS Gerrymander Failure Assistance Act’ will ensure local taxpayers are not forced to pay the tab for the colossal failure of the Majority and Governor to do the right thing in the first place when they created this diabolical gerrymandering scheme,” said Senator Jim Tedisco.