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Assembly GOP calls for recall elections

ALBANY -- Lawmakers say why wait, vote people out of office when you feel like they're not doing their job.

Members of the Assembly minority party are pushing for recall elections, a process that would allow voters to gather signatures and hold special elections to get lawmakers out of office during their current term. A special election would then be held to replace the lawmaker in question.

"They (lawmakers) don't have to worry about people walking around with wires, they have to worry about the people that elected them," said Tedisco.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, said Wednesday, this is a true form of government because the people have a say whether or not you should stay or go but more importantly when you should leave office.


ALBANY (AP) -- Republican Assembly members are calling for a constitutional amendment that would allow voters to recall their elected officials for corruption and other reasons.
   Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says Wednesday that recall elections are working in 19 other states where more than a dozen state legislators were removed after 36 recall elections.
   The New York proposal would allow for recall votes every general election in November.
   About 20 percent of voters in the official's last election would have to sign a petition to force a recall vote.
   Several legislators and former Democratic Comptroller Alan Hevesi have won re-election while under investigation and even under indictment. But Assemblyman James Tedisco, the sponsor of the bill, notes recent exceptions as voters have become fed up with corruption in New York politics.

   AP-WF-04-24-13 1518GMT


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