New York Voting Reform Victory

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On Monday Anthony Beckford along with Let NY Vote, Make The Road New York, Brooklyn's Voters Alliance, 32BJSEIU, CWA and TWU went up to Albany to make sure that the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly passed the Voting Reform Bills that they have been advocating for.  An historic moment was made with the passing of various bills on Monday. The are listed below:

 

Closing The LLC Loophole

An act to amend the election law, in relation to political contributions

Bill S1101 

Under current election law as interpreted by the State Board of Elections, individuals and corporations can make unlimited contributions to the same candidate, political party or campaign committee by creating multiple limited liability companies (LLCs). Each LLC is treated as an individual donor, even if multiple LLCs are owned by the same person or entity, which makes it harder to determine the real contributor and allows them to evade campaign contribution limits. The Assembly's measure would extend the $5,000 aggregate contribution limit, already applicable to corporations, to include LLCs, and require LLCs to disclose the names of individuals with members hip interests, attributing LLC contributions to them in proportion to such membership interest.

 

Early Voting

An act to amend the election law, in relation to early voting

Bill S1102

Legislation that would establish early voting in New York State, which would take place during a nine-day period before any general, primary, run-off primary or special election. During the early voting period, polling locations would be required to be open for eight hours on weekdays and five hours on weekends and holidays, and to offer evening hours on at least two days. County boards of elections would have the option of providing additional early voting hours and would be required to publicize to voters the location, dates and hours of all early voting polling places within each county.

 

Combining the state and federal primaries

Bill S1103 

Legislation to consolidate the state's election calendar by combining the state and federal primary election dates to the fourth Tuesday in June. This would save taxpayers an estimated $25 million; reduce the burden on county boards of elections and keep New York State compliant with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

 

No Excuse Absentee Voting

Authorizing ballot by mail by removing cause for absentee ballot voting

Bill S1049  

To increase access to mail-in ballots at home, the legislative package includes a bill that would amend the New York State Constitution to allow any citizen to receive an absentee ballot upon request - no questions asked. Under current law, residents can only receive absentee ballots if they expect to be absent from the county on the day of the election, or if they have an illness or physical disability. The amendment must be passed by both the Assembly and Senate in consecutive legislative terms before it goes before voters as a ballot referendum.

 

Voter Registration Transfers

Bill S1099 

Instructing the boards of elections to automatically transfer voter enrollment for New Yorkers who move from one county to another.

 

Voter Pre-Registration

Bill S1100

To encourage young people to vote and become civically engaged, the legislative package includes a measure that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.

 

A Word From Anthony Beckford:

Although many good Voting Reform biils have been passed by both the Democratic Controlled Senate and Assembly, there are two legislative pieces that must be passed:

1) We must have draft a bill that focuses on allowing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated residents to have the Right to Vote. It is time that we abolish the Jim Crow Era policies and stop the disenfranchisement of Black and Brown people.

2) We must make sure that we get Senator Mertzger's Bill that will fully close the LLC Loophole by banning all corporate funding for campaigns put of the Election Committee and passed by the Senate.

 

Since Democrats control both the Senate and Assembly, there are No Excuses for these Bills to Not Pass.

 

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Close the LLC Loophole - Stop Corporate Control of Politics

Just got word that the bill that the New York Senate is trying to pass to supposedly "Close the LLC Loophole" will in fact not actually close the loophole, but will in fact limit the activities of individuals who try to use LLCs to donate large amounts to a candidate, on top of personally donating to a candidate. This is a good measure that is good, but there is another bill that I definitely support which will Ban Corporate donations altogether.

Senator Jen Metzger has a bill that would actually ban corporate donations and fully close the door on the control that real estate, hedge fund, charter schools and fossil fuel interests had over elected officials.

I fully support Senator Jen Metzger's S1013 bill that will fully close the LLC loophole.

S1013 Via: New York State Senate https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S1013

The purpose of this legislation is to ban corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and partnerships from making contributions to political campaigns.

The bill is currently in the State Election Committee, in which Senator Zellnor Myrie is the Chair of.  Myself and many organizations will be keeping an eye on this bill. There is not excuse for it to not pass the Election Committee and there is no reason for it to not Pass the Senate and the State Assembly.

 

 

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- Anthony Beckford is a Community Advocate in the East Flatbush community, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Activist. Anthony is the member of many progressive organizations and political associations.  He has been on the frontlines taking on the many issues in our communities and pushing for sound legislation to be passed.

 

 

Gender Equality Bill Introduced to Senate - GENDA

Senate Bill S1047 has been introduced into Senate. Many ofnua have advocated for GENDA and now it is moving forward.

Bill Link: https://www.nysenate.gov//legislation/bills/2019/S1047

Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression; defines "gender identity or expression" as having or being perceived as having a gender identity, self image, appearance, behavior or expression whether or not that gender identity, self image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth; further includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression within the list of offenses subject to treatment as hate crimes.

 

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Statement regarding the Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

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Today there was a cowardly act of hate committed in Pennsylvania at the Tree of Life Synagogue. This was an act of Anti-Semitism. This follows a week of pipe bombs being sent to various well known Democrats by a Trump Supporter and a Black Man and Black Woman being murdered by a White Supremacist who supported Trump. This is a sad day added to an already sad week. I send my prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of today's attacks. I condemn these attacks and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and with my fellow members of JFREJ (Jews For Racial and Economic Justice).

 

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Proposal for Street Co-Naming in Brooklyn: Boukman Road

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Recently we have had street renamings of Haitian Revolution Heroes such as Toussaint and Dessalines in East Flatbush. I am proposing to do a street renaming of Farragut Road and Nostrand Avenue as Boukman Road after the Jamaican Native and Early Leader of the Haitian Revolution who is known as the catalyst of the revolution, Dutty Boukman. The renaming would be very significant, not in just the honoring of a hero, but also in showing the Unity that two Islands in the Caribbean had in abolishing the occupations od colonizers who committed racist brutal acts against the people of the Caribbean. This high honor would bring further unity within the very large Caribbean Community of East Flatbush and Flatbush. It would bring further solidarity between the two cultures of Haiti and Jamaica.

 

Before 1804: (The True Solidarity between Jamaica and Haiti - The Start of the Haitian Revolution)

Dutty Boukman (Also known as "Boukman Dutty") (died 7 November 1791) was an early leader of the Haitian Revolution, born and enslaved in Jamaica and later in Haiti. He was both a leader of maroons and vodou hougan.

Boukman was a key leader of the slave revolt in the Le Cap‑Français region in the north of the colony. He was killed by the French planters and colonial troops in 7 November 1791, just a few months after the beginning of the uprising. The French then publicly displayed Boukman's head in an attempt to dispel the aura of invincibility that Boukman had cultivated.The fact that French authorities had to do this illutsrates the impact Boukman made on the views of Haitian people during this time.

Boukman was a key leader of the slave revolt in the Le Cap‑Français region in the north of the colony. He was killed by the French planters and colonial troops in 7 November 1791, just a few months after the beginning of the uprising. The French then publicly displayed Boukman's head in an attempt to dispel the aura of invincibility that Boukman had cultivated.The fact that French authorities had to do this illustrates  the impact Boukman made on the views of Haitian people during this time. Boukman was known as the catalyst of the Haitian Revolution.

 

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Anthony Beckford Stands Up For Homeowners

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Statement from New York State Assembly Candidate ANTHONY BECKFORD regarding the article below:

"The Mayor's defense of these unethical and predatory practices are part of the reason why I am running for New York State Assembly. A Corrupt Mayor and my opponent who supports his actions are the ingredients of further illegal activities against our communities. It is time that we drive out those who do not care for us and put in those who have and will continue to go above and beyond for our communities. I demand a full criminal investigation into the matter and all parties involved be held accountable. Tenants and Homeowners are to be protected and I am definitely the one who will provide the protection the need. My Housing Justice Bill that I will introduce after I win the November 6th General Election, will provide that protection."

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Raise The Age

Raise the Age New York Campaign Statement on the First Day of State-Wide Implementation

 

via RaiseTheAgeNY.org

 

October 1, 2018 -Today, as Raise the Age legislation goes into effect across New York State, the Raise the Age coalition recognizes the years of ground-breaking work of hundreds of diverse individuals and organizations, including formerly incarcerated youth and their families, child advocates, service providers, faith leaders, legal services groups, and unions, who worked to make this day a reality. We celebrate our shared victory to raise the age of juvenile accountability in New York State, to require parents be notified of their adolescent’s arrest, to process youth in courts intended to meet their developmental needs, to house youth in settings that keep them safe, and to permit more young people to move forward without the burden of adult criminal records. We are proud that our work together has transformed the juvenile justice system for thousands of youth and families throughout New York State.

We aren’t done yet. In the year ahead, the Raise the Age-New York Campaign will advocate for RTA to be implemented with fidelity to its principles while we continue to forge the path for comprehensive juvenile justice reform. Our priorities include:

*Starting as many cases of 16- and 17-year-olds in Family Court as possible.

*Ensuring that when 16 and 17 year olds must be detained or otherwise incarcerated, they are held in juvenile facilities without adult corrections involvement or oversight.

*Limiting the collateral consequences of court involvement by expanding access to youthful offender (YO) status and raising the YO eligibility to youth under 21.

*Increasing support for prevention and diversion services that keep youth in their communities rather than incarceration.

*Demanding State support for Close to Home.

*Raising the lower age of juvenile delinquency from age 7 to age 12.

These reforms are necessary to help meet the promise of Raise the Age: recognizing that adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t make communities safer. It is critical for New York to ensure that youth involved in the criminal justice system have access to court processes, as well as services and placement options that are developmentally appropriate. For more information about the Raise the Age-NY Campaign, visit: RaisetheAgeNY.com.

 

Op-Ed: Time To Get Rid Of My Corrupt Opponent on November 6th

        The Republican Senators and those who caucus with the Republicans such as Senator Felder of the 17th Senate District are only part of the problem when it comes to stopping or hindering progressive legislation to be passed and funding coming into our communities,  especially the Marginalized communities. We must also look at the republicans and some of the democrats in the New York State Assembly who are corrupt and are controlled by their corporate handlers, which makes them a major problem as well. They are truly republican wolves hiding in progressive clothing. 

 

        Rodneyse Bichotte is one of many corrupt politicians that have always chosen the special interests of corporate donors over the interests of the people.  Her top donor is the most corrupt of them all and controls her through Pay to Play. This donor who was recently indicted with many others is no other than Husam Ahmad. He was even able to obtain a company by the name of SIMCO and fraudulently used it's status in the State Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, which Rodneyse Bichotte is the Chair of the Oversight of. No wonder Husam Ahmad and his wife have altogether donated over $16,000 to Rodneyse Bichotte's campaign.


Her corruption has been exposed and she must be stopped.

Article Title: Twenty-One Individuals and Companies Indicted in New York Corruption and Fraud Scheme

"On April 18, 2018, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York (DANY), announced a series of indictments against Husam Ahmad. The defendants were charged with corrupting the Government, bribery, bribe receiving, offering false instruments, and engaging in a scheme to defraud.

The indictments are related to a corruption and fraud investigation that impacts the reconstruction of the Kosciuszko Bridge—work funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the New York State (NYS) Department of Transportation—as well as various NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway system projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration.

The indictments also allege that Husam Ahmad, chief executive officer of HAKS, sought to obtain public contracts by gaining control of SIMCO, which was certified to participate in the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and State Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) programs. Ahmad allegedly acquired a 45-percent stake in SIMCO but could not claim personal ownership of more than 50 percent without compromising the company’s DBE and MWBE status. He sought to acquire full control of SIMCO by supplying funds to a former HAKS employee, Muhammad Siddiqui, so that Siddiqui could purchase the remaining 55-percent stake. By falsely maintaining the company’s DBE status, SIMCO obtained over $10 million in public contracts that it was not eligible to receive."

Her ties to this corrupt individual is linked to why many Minority/Women Owned Businesses are left to fend for themselves and eventually are shut down. The reason why our Train system is inadequate. The reason why developers have been taking all of the available land, tearing down homes and places of worship in our communities. Rodneyse Bichotte is corrupt and must be removed from her position. She must be voted out on November 6th. The people must vote for a True Progressive and Advocate for the people, which is me, Anthony Beckford.

Other Info:

- It was reported by members of the Democratic National Committee for the Disabled that Rodneyse Bichotte has been cooperating with ICE to help landlords intimidate and illegally evict immigrant tenants and their families out of their homes.

- Assembly Bill A06285 prohibits Preferential Rents because it causes mass displacements of the elderly, disabled individuals and families from their homes. Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte REFUSES to Co-sponsor the Bill that could save the housing of millions of people.

- Rodneyse Bichotte has received donations from Charles Borrok who is a top rated real estate broker and investor who is aligned with the Real Estate Board of New York and has helped them manipulate and displace thousands of Senior Citizens, disabled individuals and families.

- She has also supported the Real Estate Board of New York's renewal of 421-a house g plan which has been one of the main causes of why thousands of Senior Citizens, Disabled Individuals and Families have lost their homes and will continue to lose their homes.

- Rodneyse Bichotte has accepted funds from Charter Communications which is a K own Union Buster. Charter has attempted to force workers to renounce their union benefits in favor of company health and retirement plans, which members say would weaken their union and leave workers significantly worse off. Rodneyse clearly shows that she is not on the side of workers and the unions, especially those of the IBEW.

- Rodneyse Bichotte has received over $100,000 from Real Estate, Lobbyists, Special Interest Groups and Fraudulent individuals. If Rodneyse Bichotte stays in office, the community will no longer exist and thousands more people will lose their homes and rents will continue to rise higher and higher. The immigrant community of Flatbush and East Flatbush will cease to exist and gentrification will fully take over.

Rodneyse Bichotte is NOT for the people. She is for the corporations and the Rich, while the working class and low income continue to suffer.

On November 6th come out and Vote for ANTHONY BECKFORD to save our homes, to get rid of preferential rents and MCIs, to strengthen the rent laws, to protect the immigrants, to stop police violence, to stop gun violence, to save our healthcare, to save our businesses, to Stop further displacements and to create True Affordable Housing for the working class and low income families and individuals.

TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE A CHANGE.


TOGETHER WE ARE THE CHANGE.

#AnthonyBeckfordForStateAssembly

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Anthony Beckford is a long standing community advocate, activist, US Marine Corps Veteran, the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit and the candidate for State Assembly in the 42nd District, which consists of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park. He is the member of various progressive organizations, such as Democratic Socialists, Citizens Action of NYC Racial Justice Committee, Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, MoveOn.org, Lambda Independent Democrats, 

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Actor Malik Yoba and Anthony Beckford fight against Gun Violence

Actor Malik Yoba and New York State Assembly candidate Anthony Beckford  were in the community on Church Avenue and Ocean Avenue, demanding that the youth put Down the guns and embrace life.

 

"Let us rebuild the foundation of being a community and #JusticeForJustin and all others we have lost to senseless gun violence."

 

#Flatbush #Brooklyn

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Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization

 

Colorado was able to use $3 million dollars of marijuana sales to provide food and housing for the homeless.  Now imagine what can be done in New York with my #CBDTHCpolicy that I will introduce when I am elected in November as NY Assemblyman of District 42.

It will be used to not only provide food and permanent housing for those who are homeless, it will also be used to help provide funding for our public schools, provide funding for community centers, senior housing, transitional programs for the formally incarcerated and REAL affordable housing for middle to low income families.

My bill will cause legalization and decriminalization of marijuana (marihuana). The records of those who have been incarcerated for low level crimes will be wiped clean and those still incarcerated will be released. I will also propose to exclude large corporations and Big Pharma from being able to have any control or part in this legislation or the sales of marijuana.

We will End the Prohibition. 

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