Citizens Union's report on the political consulting and lobbying nexus ignites a reform effort prompting Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn to enact a law increasing disclosure and strengthening enforcement of lobbying activity.

Citizens Union evaluates statewide candidates for the first time in its history, issuing recommendations for Governor, Attorney General, and State Comptroller.


Citizens Union, as part of a good government coalition, helps to push through the most significant set of reforms to state government in a generation affecting campaign finance, lobbying, ethics, legislative rules, public authorities, freedom of information laws, and television coverage of the legislature's proceedings.


Citizens Union changes the measures by which it evaluates candidates for state legislature and pushes candidates to support an agenda of broad reform in the State Capitol, helping to create a political climate of needed change in Albany.

Citizens Union Foundation publishes a comprehensive report on the proposed development of Manhattan’s Westside that is critical of the closed process in which the decision is being made. It argues that such huge public investment decisions should be made by legislative bodies, not by unaccountable public authorities.

Citizens Union helps to draft and advocates for the Young Adult Voter Registration Act, which passes the City Council unanimously.


Seth Low is nominated and elected under the banner of Citizens Union to the office of Mayor, defeating the Tammany Hall political machine.


Citizens Union is founded as an independent political party, unaligned with either the Democratic or Republican Party, emphasizing New York City concerns. The founders include such leading citizens as J. Pierpont Morgan, Benjamin Altman, James A. Roosevelt and Carl Schurz in addition to citizens who represent a diverse cross section of the economic and social fabric of the city.