NY Governor Accused of Sabotaging Local Democracy with Controversial Election Law

Power-Play in NY Politics?: Hochul's 'Inclusive Democracy' Invokes Major Backlash
Power-Play in NY Politics?: Hochul's 'Inclusive Democracy' Invokes Major Backlash
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In a move that has sparked widespread controversy, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill that shifts most local elections to even-numbered years, aligning them with federal elections. While Governor Hochul touts this as a stride towards a “more inclusive democracy,” critics are slamming the decision as a strategic maneuver to strengthen Democratic control, effectively ending the essence of local elections in New York.

This law, amending various state legislations, now schedules many county and town elections outside of New York City to coincide with federal election years. Governor Hochul celebrated the signing, claiming it as a progressive step towards enhancing voter participation and reducing voter fatigue, while also aiming to save taxpayer dollars.

However, this move has met with fierce opposition. Stephen Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties, has accused Hochul of injecting national political divisiveness into local elections and overshadowing critical local issues under lengthy ballots.

New York State Senator Robert Ortt, a Republican, took to social media, condemning the Governor’s actions as a blatant Democrat power grab, dismissing the proclaimed benefits as a façade for expanding Democratic dominance across all government levels.

Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) echoed similar sentiments, labeling the law a “shameful power grab” and accusing it of nationalizing local elections, a sentiment shared by others in the political sphere.

Bob Lonsberry, an Upstate New York radio host and journalist, criticized the timing of Hochul’s decision, suggesting it as a move to obliterate news coverage of local issues and facilitate a Democratic takeover of local elections and offices, mockingly referring to it as a tyrannical way of wishing ‘Merry Christmas.’

Alison Esposito, a former New York lieutenant governor candidate, also expressed dismay at the decision. She accused Governor Hochul of using a Friday evening news dump to diminish the importance of local governments and community issues, advocating for more local control rather than increasing the Governor’s influence.

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