Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Historic First-Ever Online Election in New York

Historic First-Ever Online Election in New York
An Answer to Falling Voter Participation in NY

New York City is about to embark on an historic and pioneering expedition in the Internet age. The first ever Internet election held completely online, is about to take place in our great city. Held by the Board of Education, it is the election that will determine who will have a voice in the future of our children’s education here in New York.

In this groundbreaking effort, New York City public school parents will vote online to elect over 300 of their peers to serve in parental advisory boards throughout NYC school districts, representing the needs of their children and communities. The Community and Citywide Education Council (CEC) elections will be held in April and the candidate application deadline is March 19. Unless significant steps are taken by community activists like yourself to spread the word and recruit candidates, a number of schools and neighborhoods across New York may go unrepresented.

The history of Internet voting is short. In March of 2000 the Arizona Democratic Party held the first binding primary election that allowed voters the choice of casting a legal vote over the Internet. It was used again in 2004 when the Federal voting assistance program (through the SERVE initiative) allowed Uniformed Services Members and US citizens living overseas to vote online from anywhere in the world.

Here at ChangeNYC.Org we have been strong advocates for Internet elections in the belief that they will further grassroots Democracy in our city and in our country. WHY: We can think of no better reason to get involved than that of our children’s education and the very future of New York City. We urge you to run for these seats and claim your voice.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 19th
Let’s set an example for our children and utilize our great and powerful Democracy to improve their lives. Please go to: PowertotheParents.org and apply today!

The City DON'T KILL OFF THESE 'GEESE': 41K LAY GOLDEN EGGS TO PAY HALF INCOME TAX: CITY *** City's Budget Gap Has Unsettled Range *** Di$tress stat of the day: NYC budget *** NYC recession predicted to be deep, long *** City Budget Picture Will Worsen, Official Says *** NYC downturn to be deep, long *** New York's unemployment rate is on track to hit 10 percent by the end of the year *** BLOOMBERG REEL $ERIOUS - Bloomberg called on Albany lawmakers yesterday to reinstate tax credits that will keep the movie industry in NY ***GUN SUITS SHOT DOWN *** Justices Decline New York Gun Suit *** THESE STOPS ARE RAIL HOT: STATIONS RIDING A BIG WAVE *** Garbage station too close to LGA runway *** Rating the city's delivery of services *** South Ferry Station To Open Next Week *** Preservationists Sue to Save St. Vincent's O'Toole Building *** St. Vincent sued to block demolition *** Doubts mount over city's Coney Island plan *** Study Reveals Harsh Life for Homeless Youth in New York *** New Yorkers Assess Their City *** F train at Lex & 63rd sees 777% surge in riders *** The South Bronx is a banking wasteland *** City hospitals make more reporting mistakes than their upstate counterparts, Thompson charged *** Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz wants to create a downtown "legal district" in his borough.

On the Road to City Hall I'M THE GUY: CY - Cyrus Vance Jr. yesterday announced his candidacy for Manhattan DA *** Vance announces candidacy for Manhattan DA *** Vance Makes It Official, Lauds Morgenthau, Pledges Fairness *** Vance Jr. launches campaign to succeed Morgenthau *** Manhattan G.O.P. Delays Vote on Bloomberg *** Manhattan G.O.P. Will Vote May 6 by Secret Ballot *** WEINER TO FIX MODEL MESS *** WEINER CALLING FOR MTA PHO-TOLL PLAN *** Thompson changes course on 'millionaire's tax' *** Millionaire row as Thompson wants tax *** Looking like Rubencito's a shoo-in for beep*** Senate Dems Move Term Limits Bill (Nothing Personal, Mayor) *** Hats off to Senator Kevin Parker and the NYC democrats in Albany

Pay to Play Carrion home repairs eyed - Obama's new urban czar renovated his Bronx home with help from the architect on a major development that needed his approval.

Breaking News Senate GOP (and a spineless Dem) about to screw NYC voters

Albany MYSTERY OF GOV'S 'OFF-AND-ON' AIDE: SECRETLY REHIRED DAY AFTER GETTING BOOT *** MTA Waits For A Bailout From Albany ***Students in Upstate New York Rally against Governor Paterson's Tuition Increase *** ‘Recalling the fall’: Gov. David Paterson *** Paterson may divert health stimulus funds *** Senate Democrats Everywhere and Nowhere on the M.T.A. Bailout *** Paterson and Smith Think There's Still Time to Rescue the Toll Plan *** Investigate this shocking charge: Is there Enron-style manipulation of N.Y. electric bills? - Hammond *** GOV'S HIGH SPEED TRAIN WILL TAKE YEARS TO ENGINEER *** The Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal broke one year ago today *** PROBE FAILS TO KEEP PRICE OFF CUOMO'S HEAD *** An independent panel created by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will report today on the pension investment practices by his predecessor, Alan Hevesi *** State Democratic Party Chairwoman June O'Neill insists she's not going anywhere; the governor's office declined comment ***PM Dopp bops ethics cops: Ex-Spitzer aide blasts probe.

Reviving the Dream With the economy in free fall, Americans have an opportunity to reshape their society, and then to move it in a fairer and ultimately more productive direction - Herbert, NYT

President Obama O UNLOCKS CELLS: PRAISE FOR REVERSAL OF STEM-FUND BAN *** Nancy Reagan praises Obama *** Obama education plan to call for performance-based pay*** Obama Plan Relies On Halt of Econ Collapse - John Cassidy, New Yorker *** Obama to unveil first piece of education plan *** Officials hold Cabinet-level meeting on Guantanamo *** Obama orders review of Bush's signing statements *** Gov't Car Team Eyes Big Change *** President’s Task Force Takes a Close Look at G.M. and Chrysler Plants *** RACLE OF OMAHA SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA MUST STEP UP *** Obama musters campaign army for economic fight... *** Obama Puts His Own Spin on Mix of Science With Politics *** Obama takes on teachers' unions *** Education Push to Include Merit Pay *** Madison Would Want Obama's Plans to Fail - Byron York, DC Examiner *** Lyndon Baines Obama - Pat Buchanan, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review *** Obama's Realism Settles In - Richard Cohen, New York Daily News *** Obama Stiffs The Brits - Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette *** Presidents and Their Audacious Promises - Mike Memoli, RealClearPolitics *** Obama's Remarks at Stem Cell Executive Order Signing - Barack Obama

Congress Lawmakers defend attacks against pet projects *** PROMISES, PROMISES: House fails to zero out carbon *** Protests at Chamber for card check *** Geithner tries to reassure Dems *** Democrats Stung By Dissenters - Shailagh Murray, Washington Post *** Rising Above Partisanship - Sen. Arlen Specter, Philadelphia Inquirer *** In Praise of Earmarks - Bob Shrum, The Week *** Chris Dodd Faces a Backyard Rebellion - Jay Newton-Small, Time *** $410 Billion Omnibus Expected to Pass This Week - The Hill *** Obama Leaving Some Stem Cell Issues to Congress - New York Times *** Democrats May Combine Carbon, Renewable Energy Bills - Bloomberg *** Guests: Senators Schumer and Graham - Meet the Press *** Guests: Sen. McCain and Gov. Kaine - Fox News Sunday *** Guests: Sens. Bayh, McCaskill, and Shelby - This Week *** Guests: Rep. Boehner and OMB Director Orszag - Face the Nation

Taking a Depression Seriously If the Republicans wanted to do the country some good, they’d embrace an entirely different approach on the economic crisis - Brooks, NYT

Wall Street Mess MADOFF PREY EYE PAYBACK *** Madoff victims want their voices heard *** Madoff Ponzi victims want to be heard at court appearance *** DN Editorial: What Bernie has coming *** FOR SALE SIGN AT GEITHNER'S - Timothy Geithner will be lucky to break even on the sale of his own New York house *** Warren Buffett Speaks Out On Economy *** MAC COMES BACK BUT STRONG DOLLAR TO HURT FOREIGN SALES *** SHOW US THE MONEY CUOMO, FRANK DEMAND DETAILS ON MERRILL BONU$ES *** Roubini: Recession Could Last Up to 36 Months; Dow at 5000... *** CNBC Cramer Takes on the White House, Frank Rich and Jon Stewart... *** Why Citi's Gift-Card Giving Is Fine *** The Humiliations of Tim Geithner *** JPMorgan selling NYSE market maker *** Smith Barney losing nearly 80 reps a week *** Obama’s Budget Faces Test Among Party Barons *** Conspicuous Consumption, a Casualty of Recession *** China Reports Falling Prices *** A Hiring Bind for Foreigners and Banks *** Glass-Steagall rerun is not the answer *** Whitney Says Credit Cards Are The Next Credit Crunch: Report *** U.S. Weighs Further Steps for Citi *** AIG warned of failure- BRADY DENNIS - Washington Post *** Treasury Looks to Aid Small Businesses *** As Merrill Sputtered, It Bet on Brazil *** UAW Backs Ford Concessions *** McDonald's Seeks Way To Keep On Sizzling *** Industry Shakeout Hits Drug Firms *** BofA's Mantra: We're Not Citigroup *** Can Barclays Get Aid and Be Independent? *** Daly: Show AIG losers who's the boss *** Citigroup Paid Execs $13M for Scrapped Resort Trip *** Moody's List Names 283 Companies Likely to Default *** Tim Geithner's $2 Trillion Black Hole - David Smick, Washington Post *** Who Pays for Cap and Trade? - Wall Street Journal *** Oversight of Bank Bailouts Criticized - Washington Post *** PM Madoff to Plead Guilty; Charges Carry a Life Sentence *** Bernanke Says Financial Rules Need an Overhaul *** THE DAY THE MARKETS FIGHT BACK?

National Justices, 5-4, Set Limit on Sweep of Voting Law *** Court Curbs Reach of Voting Act *** Conspicuous Consumption, a Casualty of Recession *** Poll: Republicans lack leadership *** Group Finds Intelligence Gap Persists *** RNC dispute- REID WILSON - The Hill

International Less body armor might be the answer in Afghanistan *** US protests 'harassment' by Chinese vessels *** Czech president warns: Don't endanger free markets... *** Northern Ireland Policeman Shot Dead in Second Fatal Attack in Two Days... *** Police Officer Shot Dead in Northern Ireland *** Leery of Debt, Germany Shuns a Spending Spree ***The Many Diplomatic Faces of Hillary Clinton *** U.S. Halted Some Afghan Raids Over Concern on Deaths *** 2 Slayings in West Africa May Signal a New Day *** China Reports Falling Prices and Low Demand *** Chinese vessels menace US Navy in South China Sea *** Meet the 'Russian Sarah Palin' *** China slams Tibet Net shut *** PM Hong Kong stock commentator in tears at HSBC plunge...

Media Mess Times Dodges Bullet With Costly Hq Sale *** NEWS IS BROKE: NY TIMES sells, leases back part of building... *** NY Times sells, leases back part of building *** New York Times sells part of its headquarters in $225 million deal *** Times Co. Building Deal Raises Cash *** New York Times sells part of its headquarters for $225 mil. *** SF Chronicle and Union Reach Tentative Agreement *** Newspaper publisher McClatchy to cut 1,600 jobs *** Marty Peretz Pulls New Republic Back From the Brink *** CBS’s K-Rock Is Switching to Top 40
BREAKING NEWS: Media Consolidation Rocks Brooklyn Brooklyn Paper Bought By News Corp & Greenpoint Courier Marked For Death