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Danny Panzella commits to supporting “NY Uprising” Initiative

July 1, 2010

According to a recent poll from Quinnipiac University 80 percent of New York State voters are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with the way things are going in the state, also the highest dissatisfaction ever in New York.

New York State voters said overwhelmingly (59%-21%) that they would vote for candidates that support the creation of an independent group to draw legislative district lines. Former Mayor Ed Koch has introduced the NY Uprising initiative to advocate for that very issue. Mayor Koch is asking candidates to sign a pledge to support for drawing of political district lines by an independent group – not by the State Legislature to make for more competitive elections.

“In the coming weeks New York Uprising will be releasing proposals for non partisan redistricting, budget reform and ending “pay to play” politics in Albany. New York Uprising will focus strictly on good government reforms that go the heart of fairness, transparency and the effectiveness of government.” reads the groups website NYUprising.org.

New York State voters also disapprove 76 – 16 percent of the way the State Legislature is doing its job, the highest disapproval ever recorded. And a majority of voters (50% – 34%) said that State Assembly members, even their own representative, should be voted out of office this November

“The resentment is bigger than we’ve ever measured.  Just about half think that the whole Legislature should be voted out of office – even their own state senator and Assembly member,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

I share the same sentiment of the majority of New York voters that Albany is corrupt and broken, and that we need to “Vote them all out!” a slogan that the tea party has adopted in the last few years. That is why I chose to run for State Assembly to bring real middle class representation back to Albany. I support the stated goals of NY Uprising and am excited to see the proposals in the next few weeks and be a part of the discussion.

Danny Panzella
Candidate NYS Assembly 63rd District

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