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AFTER SILVER VERDICT CITIZENS UNION CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ETHICS REFORM
In response to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's conviction, Citizens Union calls upon the legislature to meet in special session and deal once and for all with the problem of public corruption in state government (see our statement detailing the reforms here). New Yorkers deserve sweeping changes to clean up Albany now. 11/30/15
CIVIC GROUPS URGE STATE ACTION TO REFORM PUBLIC ETHICS
In light of the corruption trials of two former legislative leaders taking place this week and New York State’s D-minus grade in how it handles issues of integrity from a national comparison study, New York’s leading good government groups called upon the New York State legislature and governor to complete the job of reforming our laws governing public ethics. See the press release laying out the specific and much needed reforms here. 11/11/15
ETHICS REVIEW COMMISSION'S REPORT HIGHLIGHTS NEEDED REFORMS
Citizens Union applauds the Ethics Review Commission's report, released today. The report evaluated the current system of oversight and produced some needed recommendations to improve the roles and work of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the Legislative Ethics Commission. Read the full statement here. 11/2/15
VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015!
Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day! Although the races are few and the outcomes in all but a small handful are a foregone conclusion, you should still exercise your constitutional right and cast your ballot. Find all the resources you need to make an informed decision at the polls in this CU Member Update. 11/2/15
CITIZENS UNION TESTIFIES BEFORE ETHICS REVIEW COMMISSION, PRESENTS IMPORTANT OVERSIGHT PROPOSALS
before the State Ethics Review Commission, Citizens Union presented a series of proposals aimed at improving state ethics oversight, specifically the activities and performance of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the Legislative Ethics Commission. See the news release here. 10/14/2015
WE APPLAUD CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN SPENDING
Citizens Union applauds the NYC Campaign Finance Board and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for their actions yesterday to penalize the Advance Group for violating the city’s laws regarding independent spending with a $25,800 fine. We now call for greater enforcement by the State Board of Elections. 10/9/15
CITIZENS UNION CONDEMNS BRONX DA's CRASS POLITICAL MOVE TO RUN FOR JUDGE
With his announcement today that he is seeking nomination to Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx, District Attorney Robert Johnson is flouting our democracy and undermining the laws of the state he was elected to uphold. The
Bronx County Democratic Party is now empowered to choose the next District Attorney - removing power from the voters and resulting in a party coronation, not an election. Read our full statement here
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