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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


CITIZENS UNION APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF NYC INSTANT RUNNOFF LEGISLATION

Today, the State Senate passed legislation that eliminates the runoff election in New York City for citywide offices and puts in place an Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) system. We applaud the passage of this legislation as the IRV system will increase participation and save NYC at least $13 million. 6/17/15


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


CITIZENS UNION CONTINUES CALL FOR PERMANENT EXTENSION OF MAYORAL CONTROL

With only 7 days left in the legislative session, Citizens Union calls upon the state legislature to immediately renew, and make permanent, mayoral control of New York City public schools. The organization also reiterates its support for reforms it proposed in 2009 to strengthen the mayoral control approach to ensure it is even more accountable, transparent, participatory and effective. 6/3/2015

GROUPS APPLAUD NYC BOARD OF ELECTIONS FOR NEW LEVEL OF DATA ACCESS

A coalition of groups representing civic, good government, election and research organizations praised the NYC Board of Elections today for releasing election data in an “open data” format for the first time in its history. 5/27/2015


REFORMERS URGE GOV. CUOMO AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS TO MAKE ETHICS A TOP END-OF-SESSION PRIORITY 

New York's leading reform organizations today urged Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders to not let the session end without moving meaningful ethics forward. For more detail regarding the full scale reforms the groups urged read the joint new release here.  5/20/15


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