TODAY IN GOTHAM GAZETTE

Citizens Union Foundation's watchdog publication Gotham Gazette provides New Yorkers with illuminating analyses on policy, long-form interviews with thought leaders, and underreported stories about the actions of government and government officials. Read Gotham Gazette's latest stories.


SPENDING IN THE SHADOWS: TOTAL AMOUNT IS NEARLY $13 BILLION

Citizens Union has examined New York’s FY 2018 Enacted Budget and found that $1 billion in nonspecific lump sum funding “pots” were added to the FY 2018 Executive Budget proposed by the Governor, bringing the total amount of such funding that Citizens Union has identified to nearly $13 billion. Read the report here.


SEEDS OF CORRUPTION ARE PLANTED AS BILLIONS IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE SPENT IN MURKY PROCESS

Without transparency as to how this money is spent, the environment for the corrosive impact of money in politics is primed. Read the media advisory here5/24/2017


CIVIC GROUPS HAIL NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF PACKAGE OF COMPREHENSIVE VOTING REFORMS

The Voter Friendly Ballot Act is a much-needed reform that will remove unnecessary text and political party emblems from already cluttered ballots. We are pleased to see this package of bills pass in the Assembly and hope that the Senate will pass these reforms before the session ends. Read the press release here5/17/2017