Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who is leading the reform movement New York Uprising, sent a letter to supporters today cheering Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bill that would create an independent committee to redraw legislative boundaries.
“Governor Cuomo stands tall in this country as a leader on redistricting, and I want to applaud him for it,” Koch wrote in the letter.
The former mayor was prominently mentioned in the press release on the redistricting bill, and both Cuomo and Koch appear to have buried the hatchet on their storied political feud from the 1980s.
Koch urged his supporters to keep the pressure on legislators to support independent redistricting, which must be in place by 2012.
Here’s the full letter:
Last week, the big ship Albany, on its seemingly immovable course toward new and greater dysfunction, truly began its turn toward reform.
That’s thanks to our new governor who, in his continuing drive to fix our government and return it to the people of this state, introduced his own bill to enact an impartial redistricting commission in line with what we have been calling for.
Governor Cuomo stands tall in this country as a leader on redistricting, and I want to applaud him for it.
Never has the burden been so starkly on our legislators to demonstrate their commitment to reform as it now is. Majorities in both houses have pledged to enact just such a bill. I will be asking them to support this one, and I am optimistic they will follow through. We must all get behind our governor and support this measure.
On redistricting – one of the three most consequential reforms necessary to fix our government – Andrew Cuomo is on our side, and the right side of history.