NY Electoral College to vote for president in Albany

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December 17, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The 29 members of New York's Electoral College are convening in Albany to officially cast their votes for President Barack Obama.

     The event in the Senate Chamber will be broadcast live at noon Monday on public broadcast stations across the state. Secretary of State Cesar Perales will convene the event. His office is encouraging schools to air it as a civics lesson.

     Under the U.S. Constitution, the president and vice president are elected indirectly by "electors" who are elected by popular vote. New York's 29 electors include Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

     They also include Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, several New York City officials and some union leaders and Democratic party officials.

Associated Press 2012