The structure of the New York legislature has massive problems. We have to many Assemblymen, the representative per peoples calculations is to small, and because of it - it costs New York millions of dollars.
The Plan :
Remove the current policy of setting Senate districts via representative numbers, change the method to one Senator per County - we will keep exactly the same amount of Senators, and Upstate will have a balance with New York City. Remove 26 Assemblymen & change the number of representatives to people balance that we currently have.
Currently 150 Assemblymen represent on average the needs of 130,000 citizens, in the United States Congress - 435 Congressmen represent on average over 600,000 citizens, is there any need for New York to have so many Assemblymen? NO.
If we cut 26 Assemblymen positions, that would save New York taxpayers - just on the Assemblymen alone, over 3 million dollars a year, if we add all of the travel fees, the staff's, etc. - the savings would probably range in the tens of millions.
Plus, if we followed the plan, there would be 124 representatives - each representative with a population of nearly 160,000 citizens per Assemblymen, which would also leave a better balance between Upstate & the City in the legislature.
In conclusion : 1 Senator per County, 124 Assemblymen - each one representing 160,000 citizens apiece, Upstate New York would have more of a voice, it would save the Taxpayers millions of dollars, and it would lead to a more balanced legislature - instead of the Assembly just being a rubber stamp for liberal interests. It would also 100% follow a Republic form of government - each County has 1 Senator, and the Assembly is determined via representation, in the same exact way the United States Congress is organized.
More suggestions to reform New York - http://jumpinginpools.blogspot.com/2009/07/new-york-needs-reform.html
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