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NYC SHINES NEW LIGHT ON CITY GOVERNMENT WITH EXPANSION OF PUBLIC RECORDS

Citizens Union is pleased with Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement of a new tool to increase government transparency with the launch of an expanded City Record Online (CROL). CROL is now a fully searchable database – including schedules for public hearings, land-sales and contract awards. The implementation of CROL is in compliance with Local Law 38 of 2014 championed by good government groups. 8/10/15


GROUPS URGE CUOMO TO SIGN FOIL BILLS

In a letter sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo, good government and transparency groups urged the signing of two common sense bills that will strengthen the Freedom of Information Law. See the press release detailing the bills here. 7/27/2015


SAMPSON AND LIBOUS CONVICTIONS CONFIRM NEED FOR ETHICS REFORMS IN ALBANY  

With two more legislative leaders convicted, the number of state legislators forced from office in the past 15 years because of ethical misconduct or criminal conviction embarrassingly reached thirty-one, according to Citizens Union’s Corruption Tracker. More than 33% of those removals from office have occurred since 2013. Citizens Union decries the series of corruption scandals and urges the legislature to return to Albany and pass real reform. 7/24/15


DECRYING ALBANY'S UNFINISHED ETHICS AGENDA, CIVIC GROUPS URGE SPECIAL SESSION

Leading civic organizations today decried Albany's continued failure to fully address the ceaseless ethics problems head-on during the 2015 legislative session. The groups called on Governor Cuomo and the state’s legislative leaders to convene a special session to tackle ethics reforms before the end of the calendar year. 6/26/15


ALTHOUGH DISPLEASED WITH PROCESS, CIVIC GROUPS ARE POSITIVE ABOUT PORT AUTHORITY REFORM AGREEMENT

Leading civic groups note that the reform agreement announced today for the Port Authority of NY and NJ represents an appealing and significant reform step, which is a long overdue measure to improve the governance, transparency and public accountability of the agency. However, that it will pass without one public hearing is displeasing. Read the joint statement here. 6/18/15


GROUPS PRAISE SENATE'S PASSAGE OF "FASTER" FOIL BILL

Citizens Union, along with transparency and government watchdog groups, praise the State Senate for passing a common-sense Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) bill that reduces the total time government agencies in NYS have to appeal a judge’s decision ordering the release of public records to three months from ten. 6/15/2015


ADVOCATES LAUNCH "ENGAGING IMMIGRANT NEW YORK CITY" CAMPAIGN

Citizens Union stood with the New York Civic Engagement Collaborative, a coalition of grassroots, community-based and reform nonprofits, to launch the Engaging Immigrant New York City campaign. The campaign aims to pass policies that will expand language access to immigrants, build youth civic education with the expansion of Student Voter Registration Day and boost engagement through programs like Participatory Budgeting. 4/9/15








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CU In the News

NY1 - With Rumblings of an Alternate Path for Bronx DA, Critics Warn Against Foul Play, 8/31/15 - Read Full Article

NY1 - In Aftermath of Corruption Scandals, Albany Slow to Progress on Transparency, 8/27/15 - Read Full Article

New York Post - Aide’s gal pal was paid with private funds before City Hall hire, 8/22/15 - Read Full Article

POLITICO - JCOPE reviewers meet with commission critics, 8/20/15 - Read Full Article

New York Post - Dems blast ‘unethical’ hire of de Blasio aide’s gal pal, 8/13/15 - Read Full Article

GovExec.com - New York City Takes Giant Step to Unlock Its Published Data, 8/11/15 - Read Full Article

WSJ - New York State Lawmakers in Corruption Cases Say It’s Just How Business Is Done, 8/10/15 - Read Full Article

NJ.com - Opinion: Port Authority reform: Accountability and transparency matter, 8/5/15 - Read Full Article

Press and Sun Bulletin - N.Y. ethics panel squabbles over Cuomo’s influence, 8/3/15 - Read Full Article

NY Daily News - Sen. Dean Skelos still gets perks despite charges, 8/10/15 - Read Full Article