As pointed out in this space before, folks with the rather reasonable request for a non-partisan commission to draw district lines have been identifying themselves by the overwrought title, "New York Uprising."
This evokes the artificial image of barricades crashed, disobedience practiced, a populace aroused to action. Actually it's a pretty civil assortment of elder pols, with headquarters in a law firm, most conspicuously spearheaded by New York City's former Democratic mayor and former Democratic Manhattan Congressman, Ed Koch.
The 'Uprising' Web site has been listing "enemies" and "heroes" -- as James T. Madore points out, without bothering to cover all the candidates its hosts are presuming to tell you to vote for or against..
Here's the top of Madore's story, which first ran over the weekend:
ALBANY - More than 25 candidates vying for State Senate and Assembly seats on Long Island were omitted from a government reform survey led by former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, records show.
Koch, through his good-government group New York Uprising, released lists Thursday of how candidates responded to his call for legislative district boundaries to be drawn by a nonpartisan commission, tougher governmental ethics rules and a better budget process.
Candidates were asked to sign pledges. Koch labeled those that did "heroes of reform" and non-signers "enemies of reform."
On the Island, all 30 incumbents were polled but only 16 of 42 challengers were. Newsday determined the number of challengers based on records from the Nassau and Suffolk election boards and news articles.
Of those covered by Koch's survey, five did not sign pledges - all Assembly Democrats.
Democrat John Capobianco of Farmingdale, running against Assemb. James Conte (R-Huntington Station), said he twice phoned Koch's group only to get the brush-off. "In a press release, they said they contacted every candidate. No, they didn't," said Capobianco. He promised to consider signing.
One Democratic Party union activist was quoted thus in Crain's Insider (click here):
“Where was his voice during the Republicans' outrageous gerrymandering of the state Senate for decades?” Stu Appelbaum wrote.
“For years the Republican State Senate has controlled the redrawing of the districts and has gerrymandered and retained control,” Appelbaum says. “For the first time [in 2012], the Democrats will be in control of the State Senate as districts are drawn. And … all of a sudden he says we need a neutral system.”
UPDATE: In the same triumphal language as before, the group issues this 'update' today:
After enlisting 240 candidates for office by the July 21st deadline last week, 28 additional candidates and legislators have seen the light and signed New York Uprising's pledge to reform Albany. New York Uprising has invited all "Enemies of Reform" to join as "Heroes" by signing the pledge to enact real and meaningful in Albany next year, New York Uprising today released the latest lists of both "Heroes" and "Enemies" of reform.
-All 12 statewide candidates
-139 Candidates for Assembly (60 Incumbents)
-103 Candidates for State Senate (48 Incumbents)
-14 Candidates for US Congress (4 Incumbents)