Votes Rebuild New York
An intensive new City University of New York voter registration,
citizenship and poll-worker programVotes Rebuild
New Yorkwas officially launched at a rally and
press conference April 26 on the steps of City Hall.
|Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin giving
a thumbs-up at the City Hall press conference,
with Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and Councilman Charles
It is expected
that as many as 2,500 CUNY students will serve as poll-workers
in the fall primary and general elections.
Joining CUNY Chancellor
Matthew Goldstein were Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Assemblyman
and President of the Central Labor Council Brian McLaughlin,
Citizens Union Foundation President Robert Abrams, and Charles
Barron, the Chairman of the City Councils Higher Education
Committee. Union members, representatives of the New York Public
Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and CUNY students were also
present at the kick-off.
Votes Rebuild New York is a nonpartisan effort that
combines three successful CUNY projects. Project Vote
is the University-wide voter registration and education initiative,
the largest campus voter registration drive in the country.
The Citizenship and Immigration Project, founded
in 1997, is the nations most comprehensive university-level
legal services program focused on immigration issues. The Poll-Worker
Initiative, created last spring in collaboration with
the New York City Board of Elections at the behest of Speaker
Miller, recruited more than 1,700 poll-workers to help address
shortages for last falls primary and general elections.
I want to thank Speaker Miller for suggesting that CUNY
assist the City by recruiting students to address the poll-worker
shortage, said Chancellor Goldstein. And
I commend Assemblyman McLaughlin and the Central Labor Council
for partnering with CUNY as we intensify our citizenship and
voter registration efforts.
Citizens Union Foundation President Robert Abrams said, Chancellor
Goldstein and CUNY are to be congratulated for their commitment
and leadership in recruiting poll-workers for last years
primary and general election. CUNY stood out among all colleges
and law schools in energizing its student body to fill a gaping
hole in administrating elections in New York City.
The City Hall rally was the highlight of numerous events and
activities that are taking place on 19 CUNY campuses. These
include citizenship days, voter registration, and poll-worker
recruitment at fairs, spring festivals, and conferences. To
date more than 1,000 poll-workers have been recruited at York
College, Bronx Community College, Hunter College, and the
CUNY Big Apple Job Fair. Similar successful efforts have also
been held for voter registration at Hostos Community College
and for the Citizenship Project at Bronx and LaGuardia Community