Lawmakers, Advocates Say Reform Not Dead In Albany

State lawmakers and lobby groups say Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.  Democratic lawmakers, along with the League of Women Voters, rallied outside the Senate chambers Tuesday for bills that would allow same-day voting and early voting by mail in New York state. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said the most recent presidential election should serve as a “wake-up call” about the importance of voting and access to polling machines. “We have an abysmal voting turnout record,” Stewart-Cousins said. “If people have more options, they will be able to get to the polls.” Cuomo, who said in March he would “try like heck” to achieve voting reform, was more pessimistic about the chances for any types of reforms in mid-April. “If we didn’t get it in done in the budget, it means you don’t have political will to get it done,” Cuomo said on April 15.