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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


SUPPORT FOR MAYORAL CONTROL OF CITY SCHOOLS REAFFIRMED BY CITIZENS UNION; GROUP CALLS FOR PERMANENT EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY

In advance of the June 30, 2015 sunset date for mayoral control of New York City’s education system, Citizens Union reaffirms its support for mayoral control of New York City schools and calls for its permanent extension. 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. Read the news release here. 5/18/2015


CIVIC GROUPS CALL FOR PERMANENT, CITYWIDE STUDENT VOTER REGISTRATION DAY

Citizens Union and partner organizations acknowledged the success of the first Student Voter Registration Day (SVRD) pilot program today and called on the New York City Department of Education to make the initiative a permanent citywide program in New York. They also thanked government partners NYC Votes, of the NYC Campaign Finance Board, Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, the NYC Board of Elections, and the Department of Education. 5/14/15


CIVIC GROUPS APPLAUD BIPARTISAN ASSEMBLY VOTE TO CLOSE LLC LOOPHOLE

Citizens Union and partner organizations applauded the Assembly for passing with strong bipartisan support A.6975-B, which closes the loophole that allows limited liabilities companies (LLC) to give large contributions, rather than be treated like corporations. We encourage the Senate to follow suit and let New Yorkers know they are serious about addressing the pervasive culture of corruption plaguing Albany.  5/12/15


CITIZENS UNION CONGRATULATES FLANAGAN ON ELECTION AS NEW SENATE MAJORITY LEADER - URGES HIM TO PUSH CRITICAL REFORMS 

We congratulate Senator John Flanagan on his election as the new temporary president and majority leader of the New York State Senate and look forward to working with him to bring back responsible government that works for the public interest. Additionally, we urge the new leader to push critical reforms in the wake of corruption scandals that have erupted in Albany. Read our statement here. 5/11/15


CITIZENS UNION CALLS ON SENATE LEADER SKELOS TO STEP DOWN

In light of the corruption charges filed against New York State Temporary President and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Citizens Union calls upon Senator Skelos to step down from his leadership post. The seriousness of the charges lend to the deeply troubling prospect that Senator Skelos has broken his promise of faithful service to New Yorkers and has violated our trust in him. Read the statement here. 5/5/15







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CU In the News

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - Team de Blasio: Mayor's inner circle has outside advisers, 5/19/15 - Read Full Article

TimesLedger - Pork barrel spending has outlived its time, 5/17/15 - Read Full Article

Times Herald - The Fray: Albany lawmakers' 'crime wave' largely bypasses mid-Hudson region, 5/16/15 - Read Full Article

NY Daily News - Carriage review to be 'tainted' by firm's ties: watchdog, 5/16/15 - Read Full Article

Gotham Gazette - Overwhelmingly Passed Again by Assembly, Bill to Close LLC Loophole Appears Iced by Senate, 5/13/15 - Read Full Article

Ithaca Times - Surrounded By Reality | A Family's Shame, 5/13/15 - Read Full Article

Times Union - Does too much power corrupt? 5/10/15 - Read Full Article

Capital New York - Support for Skelos beginning to slip, 5/6/15 - Read Full Article

Capital New York - Schneiderman on going beyond 'catching people', 5/6/15 - Read Full Article

Capitol Confidential - Schneiderman: Want to reduce ethics prosecutions? Aim for real reform, 5/5/15 - Read Full Article