A lawsuit backed by the Working Families Party challenging the commission that could rewrite New York’s campaign finance has dropped Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a defendant.
The same day, the Conservative Party also dropped the governor from its separate lawsuit challenging the commission.
Richard Brodsky, the former member of the state Assembly representing the plaintiffs in the WFP-backed case, said removing Cuomo as a defendant will help it “move along more speedily.”
Lawmakers this year approved the creation of the commission, which is due to release a report by Dec. 1. The recommendations will have the force of law unless the Legislature acts by the end of the year.
“We need to get this case into court quickly because the commission goes out of existence in two and a half, three months,” Brodsky said. “Anything that reduces the number of people in this case will move the litigation forward.”