Citizens Union: Engaging New Yorkers to Reform Government
CIVIL SERVICE REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS PRESENTED TO CITY COUNCIL

Citizens Union testified at a hearing of the NYC Council Government Operations committee on the need for civil service reform, which was one of the reasons Citizens Union was founded in 1897. A report commissioned by CU, done by NYU Wagner students, found several areas where civil service could be reformed including governance, hiring, exams and classifications. 11/19/2014



PORT AUTHORITY REFORM BILLS PASS NJ LEGISLATURE

Two reform bills which would increase transparency in the Port Authority, passed through the NJ legislature. Governors Christie and Cuomo now need to act quickly to sign these bills into law. Citizens Union and other good government groups released a joint statement applauding the NJ legislature. 11/14/2014


NEW YORKERS VOTE FOR CHANGE AND PASS PROP 1

Citizens Union and the League of Woman Voters of NYS announce they are pleased that voters seized this once in a fifty-year opportunity to fix the state’s rigged redistricting process and end the practice of drawing districts to favor incumbents, protect majority party control, and discourage competition. Read the entire Statement on Prop 1 here. 11/5/2014


CITIZENS UNION ANNOUNCES GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS

Citizens Union released endorsements for the general election along with positions on two of three ballot proposals. While there has not yet been a decision in the Governor's race yet, Citizens Union made endorsements in 8 legislative races. Candidates' questionnaires are also now available online. 10/21/2014



GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUPS RELEASE NEW REPORT ON AGENCY-BASED VOTER REGISTRATION

Citizens Union, along with other good government groups released "A Broken Promise: Agency-Based Voter Registration in NYC" which contains key findings on the implementation application of the Pro-Voter Law revealing inconsistencies and noncompliance in 84 percent of client interactions at agencies. 10/22/2014


TODAY IN GOTHAM GAZETTE

Citizens Union Foundation's watchdog publication Gotham Gazette, provides New Yorkers with illuminating analyses on policy, long-form interviews with thought leaders, and underreported stories about the actions of government and government officialsRead Gotham Gazette's latest stories.


CITIZENS UNION COMMENDS RULES COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEARINGS

The City Council held a public meeting to vet potential appointments to the City Board of Elections. In testimony before the Rules Committee, Citizens Union highlighted that this is an important step forward in filling vacancies at the Board of Elections. 9/17/2014


CITIZENS UNION RESPONDS TO COURT RULING ON BALLOT LANGUAGE 

In a statement, Citizens Union responded to Judge McGrath's ruling on Proposition 1 ballot language, stating that Proposition 1 offers New Yorkers the chance to vote for real reform in Albany. 9/17/2014


CITIZENS UNION ANNOUNCES PRIMARY PREFERENCES  

After evaluating 15 state senate and assembly races, Citizens Union announces candidate preferences for the September 9th, Primary Election. Review the full list of preferred candidates in our News Release. 8/22/2014


VOTE YES FOR PROGRESS; A FAIR REDISTRICTING PROCESS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED 

The Vote YES For Progress campaign to pass Proposal 1 to reform the redistricting process, which will be on the November ballot, was launched by Citizens Union and the League of Women Voters of New York State. Pledge your support to reform the redistricting process!!  8/20/14

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