Press Conference July 19 To Announce Results of University Drive To Recruit 1000 CUNY Students as Poll Workers As Board of Elections Projects Serious Shortage

July 17, 2001 | The University

The results of a City University of New York drive to recruit 1,000 CUNY students as poll workers to help address shortages for this fall’s city-wide elections will be announced at a press conference Thursday, July 19, 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall. The collaboration between CUNY and the New York City Board of Elections is the largest recruitment partnership between a university and a local board of elections. Training of the new poll workers will be provided by the New York City Board of Elections at CUNY campuses this summer.

Speakers at the press conference will include City Councilman A. Gifford Miller, who proposed the collaboration; State Assemblyman Jeff Klein, author of pending legislation to double the pay of poll workers in New York State; CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein; Linda Davidoff, Executive Director of Citizens Union; Steve Richmond, Legal Counsel, Board of Elections; and Camille Rivera of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

“The City University of New York has a longstanding tradition of encouraging voter registration, enfranchisement and participation in the electoral process. I am pleased that CUNY students are once again leaders in civic involvement,” said Chancellor Goldstein.

Former New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, who is president of the Citizens Union Foundation, praised Chancellor Goldstein for his efforts to recruit election inspectors. He urged other colleges and universities throughout New York City to follow the example set by the CUNY administration. He added, ” Many of New York City’s voting problems can be rectified by recruiting enough well-informed, well-trained inspectors. Students are ideal candidates to solve the shortage.”

Time: Thursday, July 19, 10 a.m.
Place:City Hall steps