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MALCOLM SMITH CONVICTION FIRST OF THE YEAR, WITH 4 MORE MORE POSSIBLE 

With the conviction of Malcom Smith, and another 4 more possible convictions on the horizon, it is more than apparent that the endless parade of convicted and indicted state legislators needs to stop. As indicated by Citizens Union's corruption tracker, 32 legislators have left office or may be forced from office soon because of corruption or misconduct. Read Citizens Union's statement on Smith's conviction here. 2/5/15


CITIZENS UNION HAILS HEASTIE's ELECTION AS FIRST ASSEMBLY SPEAKER OF COLOR

Citizens Union congratulates Assemblymember Carl Heastie as the first person of color to serve as Speaker of NYS Assembly and we are pleased to hear the new Speaker publicly pledge to reform legislative compensation, tackle outside income, and bring a welcomed level of new transparency and power sharing to the operation of the NYS Assembly. Read the statement from Executive Director Dick Dadey here. 2/3/15


CITIZENS UNION FINDS PROMISE IN GOVERNOR'S CALL FOR ETHICS REFORM

Governor Cuomo laid down the gauntlet today in a speech outlining much needed ethics reforms such as full disclosure of legislators’ outside income, rules that increase participation by rank and file members of the state legislature, pension revocation, and ending the practice of personal use of campaign funds. Citizens Union is pleased to see the governor taking a strong stand on ethics reform and hopes that New Yorkers see the promise of a wholesale change to Albany happen. Read the full statement here. 2/2/2015


AS ASSEMBLY PICKS NEW SPEAKER, GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUPS URGE ETHICS AND RULES CHANGES

At a press conference in Albany, good government groups urged the Assembly to use this historic moment, in which corruption has yet again plagued our capital, to
transform how it conducts business by passing long-overdue comprehensive ethics reforms and changes to legislative procedures. For a full outline of proposed reforms please reference the news release here. 2/2/2015


GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUPS CALL FOR AN OPEN PROCESS IN CHOOSING SPEAKER

Citizens Union, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause New York, and NYPIRG sent an open letter to the New York State Assembly recommending that the chamber create a defined and more open process for the selection of the next Speaker. The recommendations include requiring candidates to publicly confirm their interest, holding open public forums in which candidates describe their interest in the position and testify publicly before an Assembly committee on their qualifications. Read the letter here. 1/27/15


ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER MUST GO

Given the serious and credible charges of corruption leveled against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Citizens Union believes the Speak no longer has the trust of the public to govern effectively and should either resign or step down. Read our in-depth statement here1/26/15


DISTURBING ARREST OF ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER EMPHASIZES NEED FOR ETHICS REFORMS

The arrest of Sheldon Silver was a sad continuation of persistent corruption in Albany. The Speaker of the house was charged with depriving the public of honest services, and failed to disclose outside income, violating ethics reforms he himself championed back in 2011. Citizens Union calls for improvements on ethics reform and a need to address outside income. Read Citizens Union's statement on the arrest here. 1/22/2015



Monday, March 16, 2015 at New York Law School
6:00 PM Opening Reception│6:15 - 8:00 PM Program
Featured Speaker:
Hon. Eric T. Schneiderman,
Attorney General of the State of New York

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CU In the News

Times Herald-Record - Skoufis' silence on Silver shows Albany's slippery side, 2/28/15 - Read Full Article

New York Post - Cuomo administration is purging emails older than 3 months, 2/25/15 - Read Full Article

TWC News - Status of Former Cuomo Aide Called into Question, 2/23/15 - Read Full Article

Gotham Gazette - Eyeing Health Care Obligations, Garodnick Calls for More Responsible Budgeting, 2/23/15 - Read Full Article

New York Post - Cuomo attaches ethics reform laws to state budget voting, 2/20/15 - Read Full Article

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New York Post - Albany legislators plan swanky fund-raisers despite crackdowns, 2/16/15 - Read Full Article

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Times Union - Political corruption in Albany a very old story, 2/10/15 - Read Full Article

NY Daily News - At least 16 state lawmakers targets of income ethics reform, 2/10/15 - Read Full Article