Unlikely N.Y. allies push grass-roots reforms

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In the wake of Albany’s latest partisan-driven redistricting, an interesting coalition crops up between reform New York City Democrat Bill Samuels and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). Along with SUNY professor Gerald Benjamin, they appear on the website effectiveny.org, discussing proposals for grassroots reforms in the state Constitution — in contrast with the recent deal on future reapportionments between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the legislative majority leaders, which some critics see as further reinforcing major-party control of political lines.

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