Sunday, October 30, 2016

New York: Indictment of Nassau County Executive leads to new calls for recall law

The indictment of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (R) has led to new calls for a recall law in the state. The state Senate passed a recall law, though it would be a malfeasance standard/for cause/judicial recall law, requiring felony charges or misdemeanor conviction to get the recall started. The law was sponsored by Senator Sue Serino, though it is a "one-house turkey" in the Albany parlance -- no bill has even been sponsored in the Assembly.

The law would require signatures of 20% of turnout for state legislators, 30% for local officials and 15% in each congressional district for statewide officials. Petitioners would have 180 days to gather the signatures.

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