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Effective Police Accountability, Building Public Trust and Ensuring Public Safety in Our Community

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 Annual Members Meeting and Civic Conversation:



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Can New Yorkers Fix Albany's Corruption Problem?

A Discussion on What Changes Are Needed for Our Lawmakers to Earn Back Our Trust

Join Citizens Union and participate in an educational forum in which expert panelists and the public discuss why there is a crime wave of corruption in Albany and what can be done to fight back and change the capitol's ethics.

Monday, March 16, 2015
6:00 PM: Opening Reception
6:15 - 8:00 PM: Panel Discussion


185 West Broadway at Leonard St.
New York, NY 

Featured Speaker: Hon. Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General of the State of New York

Current Panelists Include:

Ellen Biben,
Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School, Former NYS Inspector General and Former Executive Director of Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Richard Briffault, Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School, Chair of NYC Conflicts of Interest Board and Former Moreland Commissioner

Hon. Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow at Demos, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner Graduate School, and Former NYS Assemblymember for the 92nd District

Jennifer Rodgers, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, Former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Moderated by: Dick Dadey, Executive Director, Citizens Union

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Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


invite you to a 
Civil Service Reform: Tensions, Trends and Trade-offs

A focus on the fiscal challenges facing the city and a review of civil service reform options and how they might produce a stronger, better supported and fairly compensated workforce that is managed well by the city, and meets the needs of taxpayers.   

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
6:00 pm – Reception
6:30 to 8:00 pm – Program 

New York Law School
185 West Broadway, 2nd Floor Events Center
Corner of Leonard Street

Panelists include:
Arthur Cheliotes, President, Local 1180, Communications Workers of America AFL-CIO
Henry Garrido, Associate Director, DC 37 
Michael Jacobson, Director, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance
Carol Kellermann, President, Citizens Budget Commission
Ronnie Lowenstein, Director, New York City Independent Budget Office

Moderated by Dick Dadey, Executive Director, Citizens Union


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The last major review of New York City's Charter occurred twenty years ago with the 1989 Charter Commission. Today, it is widely anticipated that a charter commission will be convened by Mayor Bloomberg. There have been calls by many that it encompass similar guiding principles and a mission as the 1989 Commission to review our city's laws and codes top-to-bottom. Join us for a conversation with former charter commission members and city officials on what they think a 2010 charter commission should address.


To read more about the 1989 Charter Commission and New York City's governance structure, read our report "NYC Government: 1989 and Today" prepared by NYU Wagner Capstone students.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 6:00-7:30 PM
Reception at 5:30 PM
Baruch College, Library Building
Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street, 7th Floor

Please RSVP to 212.227.0342212.227.0342 x43 or
Open to the Public


Stephen J. Fiala
Richmond County Clerk; Member 2005 Charter Commission

Ester Fuchs
Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University; Chair 2005 Charter Commission

Eric Lane
Professor of Public Law and Public Service, Hofstra University; Executive Director/Counsel 1989 Charter Commission

César Perales
President, LatinoJustice/PRLDEF; Former NYC Deputy Mayor

William C. Thompson Jr.
former Comptroller of the City of New York

Moderated by Doug Muzzio
Professor of Public Affairs, Baruch College



Past Events


Presented by Citizens Union Foundation
In partnership with Baruch College School of Public Affairs

Monday, May 11, 20009


Ana Maria Archila
Co-Executive Director, Make the Road NY
Reverend David Brawley
Co-Chair, East Brooklyn Congregations
Joel I. Klein
Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Monica Major
President, Community Education Council, District 11
Michael Mulgrew
Chief Operating Officer, United Federation of Teachers
Professor Joseph Viteritti
Former Executive Director, Commission on School Governance

Moderated by Doug Muzzio
Professor of Public Affairs, Baruch College



Campaign Finance Finance Reform in New York State

How to reduce the Influence of Campaign Money on Public Policy

Presented by Citizens Union Foundation and the League of Women Voters
In partnership with Baruch College School of Public Affairs

Thursday, September 25, 20008
6:30-8:30 PM Baruch College
135 East 22nd Street at Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor

Dan Cantor
Executive Director, Working Families Party
he Honorable Adriano Espaillat
Member, New York State Assembly
Blair Horner
Legislative Director, New York Public Interest Research Group
Susan Lerner
Executive Director, Common Cause/NY
Michael Malbin
Executive Director, Campaign Finance Institute and
Professor of American Politics, Rockefeller College, University at Albany


Grading NYC Public Schools

Do New Accountability Measures Help Our Kids?
How Performance Assessment Affects NYC Public Schools

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 6:30 to 8:30pm
Hunter School of Social Work, CUNY
129 East 79th Street at Lexington Avenue
Harold Lewis Auditorium

Chris Cerf

Deputy Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Pedro Noguera

NYU School of Education and Co-Chair of the City Council’s Middle School Task Force
Diane Ravitch

Research Professor of Education at NYU and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education
Esmeralda Simmons

Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College, former member of the NYC Board of Education
Randi Weingarten

President, United Federation of Teachers

>Moderated by Jennifer Medina, Education Reporter, The New York Times

This program was made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

To read's report on this event, click here.