The Brian Lehrer Show

City Council Speaker Wants Instant Runoff Voting

Friday, March 07, 2014

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito traveled to Albany earlier this week with 35 agenda priorities, and one of them was instant runoff voting. She and other supporters want to abolish expensive runoff elections and instead have voters rank their preferences. Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, explains why he supports the policy, and whether it could become reality. Plus: a roundup of other changes to rules and operations in the City Council, and the latest on Bill de Blasio, who was in Chicago yesterday at a meeting of big-city mayors, while poll numbers back in New York City show only a 39% approval rating for the new mayor.

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Lever Bill Requires Board of Elections to Declare Incompetence

Wednesday, June 05, 2013


A new bill to bring back the old mechanical lever voting machines would require the New York City Board of Elections to declare that it's incapable of running a timely election on the current optical scanners. 



New York Looks to Philadelphia for Ideas on Sewer Overflow Issues

Thursday, July 15, 2010

When it comes to meeting federal clean water standards, New York and other older cities like Boston and Albany are decades behind. One reason is all the human waste that’s discharged every time a storm overwhelms the capacity of 19th century combined sewer systems, which collect rain and sewage in the same pipes. Now New York is looking to another old East Coast city, Philadelphia, for new ideas.

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