A coalition of reform-minded progressive groups rallied on Saturday, March 26, 2011, in front of the office of freshman New York State Senator Jack Martins. The rally was put together by the New Roosevelt Initiative, founded by Bill Samuels. The purpose of the rally was to demand that Martins keep his word to pass a law in the New York State Legislature imposing fair nonpartisan redistricting.
Candidate Martins signed the pledge promulgated by Mayor Ed Koch’s NY Uprising; and was, for that reason, named a “hero of reform” by Mayor Koch. Martins campaigned as reformer, but when presented with an opportunity to pass Governor Cuomo’s Independent Redistricting Bill, reneged on his commitment.
“I believe voters are tired of politicians who tell them one thing before Election Day and then give them excuses instead of delivering when in office. Jack Martins is the poster child for promises made but not kept,” offered Jay Jacobs, the New York State and Nassau County Democratic Chairman.
Bill Samuels, the organizer of the rally, made it known that “[t]hose who signed the pledge with no intention of keeping their word to the voters need to know that there will be consequences come reelection time.”
“I applaud all the young activists that have shown an interest and taken on the vital issue of independent redistricting,” said Mayor Koch, the originator of the pledge that Martin foreswore. “Today’s event is about holding politicians accountable to the pledges they took and making sure they know we are still paying attention. The people of the State of New York expect their legislators to be honorable and to keep their word. For anyone who signed the Uprising Pledge, that means enacting meaningful redistricting reform that will impact elections next year.”
The coalition included:
-New York State Young Democrats
-New York State Young Democrats Caucus of Color
-New York Democratic Lawyers Council
-New York Democratic law Students Council
-New York Civic
-College Democrats of New York
-Nassau Women’s Democratic Caucus
-Nassau Young Democrats
-Manhattan Young Democrats
-New Kings Democrats
-Brooklyn Young Democrats
-Queens Young Democrats
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