Sunday Thoughts: The Election Legislation passed in the 2022 NY Legislative session

The New York Legislature officially wrapped up their 2022 session this month. For those unfamiliar with how our legislature works “session”, or the time when the legislature is actively meeting to pass legislation, lasts from January to June each year. Though constituent work and committee meetings happen throughout the year, actual legislation must be passedContinue reading “Sunday Thoughts: The Election Legislation passed in the 2022 NY Legislative session”

Statement on Release of census data and proposed hearing during Early Voting Hours and unusual interference by the County Executive in Reapportionment Committee process.

Statement from Dustin M. Czarny Onondaga County Elections Commissioner (D) and member of the Onondaga County Re-Apportionment Committee Date: October 16, 2021 Subject: Release of census data and proposed hearing during Early Voting Hours and unusual interference by the County Executive in our process. Late Friday evening I much of the Census Data I haveContinue reading “Statement on Release of census data and proposed hearing during Early Voting Hours and unusual interference by the County Executive in Reapportionment Committee process.”

CNY Inspirations: Accomplishing the best you can is more important than perfection

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY. It was part of a three part series and can be found here:  https://www.syracuse.com/living/2021/08/cny-inspirations-accomplishing-the-best-you-can-is-more-important-than-perfection.html My vocation for many years was live theatre. I retired from theater on Feb. 29, 2020, just days before our world changed. I took on theatre with no formal trainingContinue reading “CNY Inspirations: Accomplishing the best you can is more important than perfection”

CNY Inspirations: Protecting the dreams of citizens through the right to vote

I agreed to do a 3 part series on inspiration for Interfaith works and syracuse.com.  This article is the 2nd of 3 and appeared on syracuse.com here:  https://www.syracuse.com/living/2021/08/cny-inspirations-protecting-the-dreams-of-citizens-through-the-right-to-vote.html The practice of democracy is not just a vocation for me, but it is also an inspiration. Becoming a Commissioner of Elections in 2013 was the culmination ofContinue reading “CNY Inspirations: Protecting the dreams of citizens through the right to vote”

CNY Inspirations: Drawing inspiration from a heritage that chose me

I agreed to do a 3 part series on inspiration for Interfaith works and syracuse.com.  This article is the first of 3 and appeared on syracuse.com here:  https://www.syracuse.com/living/2021/08/cny-inspirations-drawing-inspiration-from-a-heritage-that-chose-me.html When my parents were divorced, I found out the man I always knew as my father was not my biological father. Over the next several years, I struggledContinue reading “CNY Inspirations: Drawing inspiration from a heritage that chose me”

To preserve fair elections, Onondaga County needs to invest more money (Commentary)

This originally was published by syraucse.com on April 26, 2021 https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2021/04/to-preserve-fair-elections-onondaga-county-needs-to-invest-more-money-commentary.html I am reporting it here to add to my essays on my Tumblr blog on elections. It was welcome news that the American Rescue Plan had direct aid to local governments as part of its overall relief package passed into law in early March.Continue reading “To preserve fair elections, Onondaga County needs to invest more money (Commentary)”

Sunday Thoughts:  Joint Letter from NYSECA Caucus Chairs on the challenges for Boards of Elections in 2020

New York’s Board of Elections (BOE) Commissioners and our staff-members are dedicated public servants, duty sworn to administer free and fair elections, and our work this year was nothing short of miraculous.  In our selected careers, we endeavor to make elections better in New York for the 13 million voters we serve in each ofContinue reading “Sunday Thoughts:  Joint Letter from NYSECA Caucus Chairs on the challenges for Boards of Elections in 2020”

Sunday Thoughts:  The Federal Government needs to fund Elections to protect voters this fall.

The Covid-19 crisis has had a detrimental effect on just about every aspect of our society.  Its insidious and prevalent nature has changed how we interact with each other in every facet of life.  This is especially true in our most basic tenant of our Democracy, the right to vote.  Election Boards, inspectors, campaigns, areContinue reading “Sunday Thoughts:  The Federal Government needs to fund Elections to protect voters this fall.”

Sunday thoughts:  Try to listen, find ways to help, have the courage to follow.

I have spent most of my Saturday night and Sunday trying to find the time and energy to write my Sunday thoughts column.  I was going to write about the lifespan of an absentee ballot to combat some of the myths of mail in voting fraud.  I will save that for another day.  Today thatContinue reading “Sunday thoughts:  Try to listen, find ways to help, have the courage to follow.”

Sunday thoughts:  Everything you need to know about absentee voting in New York in 2020

Throughout Onondaga County and most of New York state absentee ballot applications are hitting about 5 million voter’s mailboxes.  This is the first time in New York State electoral history that voters will be getting this type of outreach.  It is Governor Cuomo’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic and an attempt to make voting safer.Continue reading “Sunday thoughts:  Everything you need to know about absentee voting in New York in 2020”