Hon. Corey Ellis Offers the Keynote Address at the Election 2008 Symposium

Robert Magee, Staff Writer, RMagee@albanylaw.edu

It was fitting that Corey Ellis, the often-described-as-“up and coming” representative of Albany’s third ward, was the one to open the Election 2008 Symposium.  Mr. Ellis is a bit of everything symposium organizers were looking for in speakers.  Born in the Arbor Hill neighborhood of Albany, the Corey left the city after earning his associates degree at Hudson Valley Community College to attend Fordham University where he earned his political science degree.

In an election in which both Republican and Democrats are attempting to don the mantel of change, Ellis bears the undeniable air of an insurgent.  In winning his seat on city council in November of 2005, Ellis unseated a 12-year Democratic incumbent while running on the Working Families Party line.  A committed community organizer, Corey has been instrumental in bringing the people of Albany’s Third Ward into city government, spearheading the local Obama campaign, and working closely with D.A. David Soares to bring Albany out of decades’ old political malaise.  He continues to work with Soares on the Community Accountability Board at the District Attorney’s office and is the commissioner of the Arbor Hill Little League.

Ellis was enlisted to discuss changing voting patterns and how they are going to effect the outcome of the election this coming Tuesday.1 Ellis insisted that if you are to address the issue at its core, you have to look at voter registration, turn out and suppression.  In this election we have seen a marked increase in the number of people registering to vote2 and significant efforts to suppress their actual voting.3 In many cases we are seeing the same conditions we saw in 2000, when Al Gore and Bush maintained zealous voter registration drives in 2000 and this was accompanied by greater than normal suppression.4 This would seem to indicate, Ellis suggested, that the impetus to vote among voters and the impetus to suppress it are directly related. Continue reading “Hon. Corey Ellis Offers the Keynote Address at the Election 2008 Symposium”

Election 2008 Symposium Commences at Albany Law School

Robert Magee, Staff Writer, RMagee@albanylaw.edu

     The Election 2008 Symposium, an event hosted by 11 Albany Law School student groups and the school itself, brought together by the Albany Government Law Review’s own Ali Chaudhry, began with a discussion on voting rights and the suppression thereof, delivered by the Honorable Corey Ellis, representative of Albany’s Third Ward            

     The Election 2008 Symposium is an attempt to bring together Albany politicos, professors, activists, activists, officials and all-around personalities to discuss the presidential election as surrogates for national presidential campaigns that have either banked on or abandoned New York State in any event largely ignored it.  

     The crowd this morning at 9:30 a.m. was disappointing. There were about 25 people in attendance, including organizers, attendees and speakers. This might have had to do with conflicting class schedules or the relatively early hour, but it was hard to escape wondering whether it was a lack of interest not just in the election put in politics generally when compared to the daily toil of career-making which is the penultimate task of the average law student. Whatever its cause, their absence caused the organizers to mill about nervously at the head of the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom, brief looks of relief flashing across their faces as people tickled in, and delaying the start for as long as possible in the hopes that the late rush would arrive. Continue reading “Election 2008 Symposium Commences at Albany Law School”