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GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUPS CALL FOR AN OPEN PROCESS IN CHOOSING SPEAKER

Citizens Union, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause New York, and NYPIRG sent an open letter to the New York State Assembly recommending that the chamber create a defined and more open process for the selection of the next Speaker. The recommendations include requiring candidates to publicly confirm their interest, holding open public forums in which candidates describe their interest in the position and testify publicly before an Assembly committee on their qualifications. Read the letter here. 1/27/15


ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER MUST GO

Given the serious and credible charges of corruption leveled against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Citizens Union believes the Speak no longer has the trust of the public to govern effectively and should either resign or step down. Read our in-depth statement here1/26/15


DISTURBING ARREST OF ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER EMPHASIZES NEED FOR ETHICS REFORMS

The arrest of Sheldon Silver was a sad continuation of persistent corruption in Albany. The Speaker of the house was charged with depriving the public of honest services, and failed to disclose outside income, violating ethics reforms he himself championed back in 2011. Citizens Union calls for improvements on ethics reform and a need to address outside income. Read Citizens Union's statement on the arrest here. 1/22/2015



GOVERNOR CUOMO'S 2015 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS PROPOSES GOOD GOVERNMENT REFORMS SUPPORTED BY CITIZENS UNION

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address provided some welcome proposals on government reform, including the creation of a Legislative/Executive Pay Commission, as well as important markers for potential state government action on police accountability. Read the statement here. 1/21/2015


MISSED OPPORTUNITY: GOVERNOR CUOMO VETOES PORT AUTHORITY REFORM LEGISLATION UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY BI-STATE LEGISLATURES 

On Saturday, December 27th
Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would reform the Port Authority's governance. The joint statement released by advocacy groups expresses remorse over this missed opportunity by the Governor, whose actions to veto the bill bypass reforms recommended by CU. The groups however do state their appreciation for the passage of a bill that will improve agency's Freedom of Information process. Read the statement here. 12/27/2014


CITIZENS UNION EXPRESS REMORSE OVER THE DEATH OF TWO NYPD OFFICERS; CALLS  ON THE CITY TO USE THIS TIME TO HEAL AND PUSH FOR POSITIVE CHANGE

Citizens Union issued a statement in response to the death of two NYPD officers, calling for the city to use the coming days to honor, reflect, heal and bear in mind that all lives matter. Citizens Union will work with others in 2015 in bringing positive change to safeguard our police, improve public safety, strengthen police accountability, address community-police relations, and reform our criminal justice system. 12/23/2014


DISMAYED OVER ERIC GARNER DECISION, CITIZENS UNION CALLS FOR GREATER OVERSIGHT OF POLICE MISCONDUCT AND CHANGES TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Citizens Union released a statement on the Eric Garner decision, expressing dismay and calling for widespread reforms of the the public oversight of police misconduct and criminal justice systems.  It also urged that reforms be done deliberately, and with meaningful public input. 12/10/2014







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CU In the News

City Journal - Albany's Corruption Cauldron, 1/28/15 - Read Full Article

Capital New York - Capital Data: How corrupt is Albany? 1/29/15 - Read Full Article

MSNBC - Preet Bharara: The most powerful Democrat in NY not named Cuomo? 1/23/15 - Read Full Article

TimesLedger - Van Bramer returns his lulus, 1/28/15 - Read Full Article

New York Post - Corruption cauldron: To fix Albany — term limits, 1/27/15 - Read Full Article

New York Post - Silver still voting on public matters after corruption charges, 1/26/15 - Read Full Article

Crain's New York Business - Another Speaker Faces Probe, 1/25/15 - Read Full Article

Huffington Post - Sheldon Silver's Arrest Means Headaches For Andrew Cuomo, 1/22/15 - Read Full Article

New York Post - Mark-Viverito probed over ‘freebie’ from lobby firm, 1/21/15 - Read Full Article

Capitol Confidential - Seemingly endless Opportunity Agenda React-O-Mat™, 1/21/15 - Read Full Article