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Line in the Sand

Line in the Sand

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Published by Celeste Katz

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Published by: Celeste Katz on Jul 15, 2010
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You're receiving this email because of your relationship with New York Uprising.You mayunsubscribeif you no longer wish to receive our emails.
Dear Candidate/Incumbent:Allow me once more to send you the New York Uprising legislative Reform pledges. As I've writtenpreviously, we are naming any candidate or incumbent who signs these pledges committing tosupport meaningful Reform, "Heroes of Reform."
After next Wednesday, July 21, we will begin naming those candidates who have not signed,"Enemies of Reform."
 The specific Reforms called for in the pledges are basic and non-partisan, which is why we countDemocrats, Republicans, upstaters, downstaters, incumbents, and insurgents, equally among oursupporters. This diversity is reflected inthe list of 136 "Heroes" to-date, as well as in the results oflast month'sQuinnipiac University poll of New York voters.I freely acknowledge that none of the specific Reforms are original ideas -- my own or anybodyelse's. They are simply supported by myself and the other New York Uprising Trustees, and indeeda host of independent organizations around the state, because we believe they will provide much-needed good government if implemented.The Reforms fall into three categories, which are reflected by the three New York Uprising pledges.They are Independent Redistricting, Responsible Budgeting, and Ethics Reform. I encourage you toreview the specifics on our website
, or in the pledges themselves.If you have signed the pledges already, I thank you. If not, I hope you will do so before nextWednesday. (You may still become a "Hero" by signing later, but since that could come afteryou've already been named an "Enemy," I hope it won't come to that.) To confirm whether or notwe've received your signed pledge, you may check the "Heroes" list on our website:www.nyuprising.org.
Click hereto download the New York Uprising reform pledges for State Legislators andcandidates.
Sincerely,Ed KochPS: Below is an email I sent to our supporters yesterday, to inform them of next week's deadline aswell.---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Ed Koch <info@nyuprising.org>Date: Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 10:46 AMSubject: Line in the Sand
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Line in the Sand
 July 14, 2010Dear Friend,Haven't we waited long enough for Reform?Year after year, we console ourselves, "At least it can't get any worse" -- only to be surprised anew. Anyone running for office this year must know that the time for Reform has come.
No moredithering or excuses.
No more fighting between the perfect, the good, and the evil. Are thereadditional priorities? Always, but absent Reform, our State has shown itself incapable ofaddressing even those.
The time has come to draw a line in the sand.
Either you're with us or against us. To date,135candidatesare with us. They've pledged to be our partners in realizing meaningful change, and wecelebrate them as Heroes of Reform. But what of the others?
One week from today -- Wednesday, July 21 -- I will begin naming "Enemies of Reform," andanyone not with us is fair game.
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