Update from New York

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Advocates and members of the State Assembly have begun a push to bring publicly financed Voter-Owned Elections to New York state. The proposed measure is popular with the public, as evidenced by a recent Sienna Poll that found that 70 percent of New Yorkers support publicly financed Voter-Owned Elections. The groundwork for the campaign was being laid since the New Year, and last week 13 members of the State Assebly gathered with advocates and volunteers to publicly call for passage of the legislation this year.

In addition to support from advocates and Assembly members, Gov. Cuomo, in his State of the State address, voiced his support for the reform. And at the end of last week, a letter from 13 national groups, including Public Campaign, was sent to Gov. Cuomo urging him to push for publicly financed Voter-Owned Elections this year. Also, on Monday, over 50 good government, civil rights, environmental, labor, community, health care, social justice, and grassroots advocacy organizations sent letters to Assembly Speaker Silver and the Assembly, and Majority Leader Skelos and the State Senate, asking them to advocate for and enact a system of publicly financed voter-owned elections in the 2011 legislative session.

Here's a round up of the recent coverage of the goings-on in New York:

Click here for the full Sienna Polling.

See coverage of the national group letter to Gov. Cuomo by clicking here.

From the letter: "Passing a fair election system in New York wouldn't just be good for New Yorkers but would create momentum at the state and national level to pass legislation aimed at putting elections back in the hands of voters," said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign.

More stories on the letter from national groups can be found in Oneida, Ithica, Buffalo, and Albany

Check out some photos of the press event with Assembly members and advocates by clicking here.

And click here for coverage of the event in the Oneida Dispatch.

And read the state organizations letter to the legislature by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks and months as the campaign to put New York voters first heats up.