For the publisher:
The following letter has been sent to every Senator and Assembly member in New York State.
In 1964, the United States Supreme Court ruled that 49 of the 50 states must abandon the Republican structure of their legislatures and must now reorganize their legislative constituencies based on population.
Not only does the United States Constitution not give the Supreme Court the power to make such an order, but the United States Supreme Court itself has completely ignored Article 4, Section 4 of the United States Constitution- United, which reads: âThe United States will guarantee every state in this Union a republican form of governmentâ¦. “
Even before New York became a state, its government was Republican in form. How the Republican structure was to be maintained was spelled out in the New York State Constitution, according to which each county was granted a representative in the New York State Assembly. (Historically, there was only one exception to this requirement.)
The most populous counties gained additional representation in the assembly when the county population was 50 percent (or more) greater than the average New York State County population. New York State maintained its Republican form of government until 1964.
Despite New York State’s constitutional requirements, the New York State Legislature complied with the order of the Supreme Court and proceeded to destroy the Republican structure of New York State government. .
I ask you to reject any proposal to redistribute the New York State Assembly districts that does not restore the Republican structure of the New York State Assembly and that does not affect at least one representative. of Assembly by county.
Also, take into account that representatives in counties with only one representative are essentially “in general” within their county. The members of the Assembly are all supposed to be representatives of their county.
Therefore, all assembly districts, regardless of the number of representatives assigned to each county, should be designated as the whole county, and all members should be representatives in general.
Please consider making all Assembly Districts county-wide and do not allow the draw for an Assembly District that is simply part of a county or includes part of a county. other county.
If you support this proposal, it would completely eliminate the gerrymandering of Assembly Districts and restore the Republican structure of the New York State Legislature. This would end the âDivide New Yorkâ movements and restore some county oversight over the New York State Legislature.
I pray that you will consider this proposal and help restore the Empire State to its former greatness.
PS The following is an example of the simplicity of redistributing Assembly Districts to restore Republican structure to the New York State Legislature.
The following Assembly seats are allocated to counties as follows: Kings County, 16; Queens County, 13; New York, 12; Suffolk, 10; Nassau, 9; Bronx, 8; Erie, 6; Westchester, 6; Monroe, 5; Richmond, 3; Onondaga, 3; Orange, 2; Rockland, 2; Albania, 2; Duchess, 2; Saratoga, 2; Niagara, 2; Oneida, 2; and Broome, 2.
The remaining 43 counties would each be allocated a seat in the Assembly.
All districts would be county-wide and candidates for assembly would be in general.
For many reasons, these allocations were made on the basis of the number of registered voters.
If you ask, I will send you the excel table with the calculations: [email protected]
Mark E. Glogowski, Ph.D.
Hamlin, New York
Editor’s Note: Mark E. Glogowski is a libertarian candidate for District 139 of the New York State Assembly. He chaired the Libertarian Party of New York from April 2015 to April 2018.