The following is an expanded version of the fourth item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is the latest to call for the end of fusion voting in New York that allows parties to cross endorse candidates.
“In Suffolk County, fusion voting has been corrupted,” Bellone said.
The county has a long history of frequent party cross endorsements.
Bellone has complained that Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer has cut too many deals regarding candidates with his county Conservative and Indepedence party counterparts.
Bellone himself has run on multiple lines in the past.
“You have to work within the existing system, but the doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be working to change it,” he said.
He said ending fusion voting should be part of a broader ethics and electoral reform package passed next year by the Legislature.
Bellone’s comments come a week after state Sen. Diane Savino also told the Daily News fusion voting should be ended.
Savino (D-Staten Island) told the Daily New last week she believe fusion voting gives minor parties too much influence over the major parties.
She said the Conservative and progressive Working Families parties have become the tail that wags the dog for the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively.