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PASSAGE OF CITY ELECTED OFFICIAL PAY RAISE IS A WIN FOR REFORM BUT A LOSS FOR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

The passed New York City compensation bills are a step forward for improving the salaries of our City elected officials and are supported by CU, as the raises appropriately reflects the value that elected officials bring to their jobs. But the fast-track way in which the bills were brought to the table reflect a flawed democratic process. Read our full statement here. 2/5/16


CU TESTIMONY URGES COUNCIL TO DELAY PAY RAISE VOTE

Citizens Union testified at the New York City Council public hearing on pay raises for all city elected officials. We shared a number of recommendation but foremost urged the council to delay their vote on the compensation bill to make time for more public input. Read our full testimony here or our press release here. 2/3/16

CU DECRIES LACK OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN COUNCIL PAY RAISE PROCESS

The City Council’s eager introduction of legislation around city elected official compensation, while it may include all four reforms long sought by Citizens Union, is unconscionable because it denies the public the input that it had during past cycles of reviewing and commenting on the matter of elected official salaries before a bill was introduced. Read the full statement here. 1/28/16


REFORMERS REACT TO GOVERNOR'S ETHICS PACKAGE, PUSH CLEAN CONSCIENCE PLEDGE

In a letter to the Governor and Legislative Leaders reform groups applaud the proposals included in the executive budget plan but again urged lawmakers and the Governor to sign on to the Clean Conscience pledge to close the LLC loophole, ban/limit outside income for lawmakers, and increase transparency in discretionary funding. See the press release here. 1/20/16


CU WELCOMES GOVERNOR CUOMO'S REFORM PROPOSALS IN 2016 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS 

In his 2016 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo proposed important reforms that, if enacted, would help rebuild the public trust and protect New Yorkers. Proposals include limiting outside income, closing the LLC loophole, and a plan to create a constitutional convention commission. Learn more1/13/16


REFORMERS KICK OFF SESSION WITH CLEAN CONSCIENCE PLEDGE 

On the first day of the 2016 legislative session, Citizens Union, Common Cause/NY and NYPIRG called upon all 213 state lawmakers and the Governor to sign the Clean Conscience Pledge to address the political crime wave in Albany. The pledge includes banning/limiting outside income, closing the LLC loophole, and bringing transparency to the discretionary funding process. See more details at EthicsPledgeNY1/6/16


SKELOS VERDICT CONFIRMS ALBANY'S WATERGATE MOMENT IS HERE

In response to the welcomed decision finding former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos guilty, Citizens Union calls upon the governor and legislature to immediately deal once and for all with the problem of public corruption in state government. New Yorkers deserve sweeping changes to clean up Albany, not statements by our leaders that attempt to sweep this issue under the rug. Read our statement here. 12/11/2015

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


CITIZENS UNION SUPPORTS ELECTED OFFICIAL SALARY INCREASES IF TIED TO REFORMS  

At a public hearing of the city’s Quadrennial Commission, CU announced support for salary increases for city elected officials and proposed reforms to be made in conjunction with such an increase such as ending lulus (committee chair stipends), capping outside income and making increases prospective for all offices. You can find additional recommended reforms and more details here. 11/23/15





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CU In the News

DNAinfo.com New York - City Council Proposes 32 Percent Pay Raise For Itself, 2/1/16 - Read Full Article

NY Daily News - Mayor de Blasio mum on Council pay raises, 1/29/16 - Read Full Article

Newsday - Vote set on horse carriage cuts, 32% City Council pay raise, 1/29/16 - Read Full Article

POLITICO - De Blasio denies connection between horse carriages and Council raises, 1/31/16 - Read Full Article

The Brian Lehrer Show - Cacaus Day in Iowa, the Impact of Obama's Presidency on Race, 2/1/16 - Read Full Article

NY Daily News Mayor de Blasio said there’s no ‘horse trading’ in NYC, 2/1/16 - Read Full Article

Crain's New York - Council pay hike vote | Outsourcing Rikers reform | Zika virus arrives, 1/31/16 - Read Full Article

Gothamist - City Council Plans To Give Itself $36K Raise Thanks To "Daylight Bribery", 1/29/16 - Read Full Article

NY1 - City Council Members: No Deal-Making in Their Potential Salary Increase, 1/29/16 - Read Full Article

New York Post - Now the City Council wants a whopping 32 percent raise, 1/29/16 - Read Full Article