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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



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 ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF REPORT: RIGGED TO MAINTAIN POWER

Citizens Union's report, Rigged to Maintain Power, examines the election results following the 2012 redistricting process revealing how state legislators once again used a rigged process to maximize their hold on power in each house. Read the News Release here. 10/8/2014


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


TRANSPARENCY MEASURES SIGNED INTO LAW BY MAYOR DE BLASIO

Mayor De Blasio signed into law two transparency measures which will improve public access to government by putting online the city's laws and the City Record in a more user-friendly format. In a statement, CU hailed the Mayor for signing these laws and bringing more sunlight to New York.  8/7/14


CUOMO NEEDS TO EXPLAIN

After the New York Time's bombshell article on the Moreland Commission, Governor Cuomo has some explaining to do. Citizens Union in a statement urged the governor, who came into office promising to “restore the public trust and clean up Albany”, to hold a press conference and describe his administration’s interactions with the Moreland Commission. CU further commented how unfortunate it is that the reform measures enacted by the governor have been stepped on by these revelations and his own administration’s actions. 7/23/14


FRAUD CHARGES ABOUND

Given Assemblywoman Rosa's recent charges on fraud, the tally of NYS legislators that have left office due to ethical or criminal issues is now up to 26 since 1999. After the recent charges against Senator Libous, Citizens Union highlighted in a statement, this could soon climb to 30! 6 legislators from 2013 to 2014 have left office due to criminal charges and ethical issues, with 3 pending, the highest in a two year period since 1999. Citizens Union's groundbreaking reports on turnover illustrates that legislators are more likely to leave office due to ethical or criminal issues than to die in office or be redistricted out of their seats. 7/01/14


PROMISE UPHELD; COUNCIL MEMBER ITEMS MORE EQUAL

Nearly three quarters of council districts are receiving more expense funding this year, fulfilling the promise the Council made to distribute funds on a more equal basis. Citizens Union commends the City Council for this equalization and Citizens Union's analysis of the data can be downloaded in excel format. 6/25/14


LOW TURNOUT SHOWS THAT STATE AND FEDERAL PRIMARIES SHOULD BE ON SAME DATE

When state and federal primary elections are not held on the same date, voter turnout drops 31 percent when compared to years where both primaries were held on the same day, Citizens Union found. Additionally, consolidating the primaries to both be in June will save the state $50 million every two years, supported by Citizens Union in a press release. 6/24/14


PORT AUTHORITY REFORM WIN!

The New York State Legislature passed S.7721/A.3944-C (Lanza/Brennan), and S.6718-C/A.8785-C (Ranzenhofer/Paulin), both of which bring a new level of accountability and transparency to the Port Authority. CU worked closely with these legislators to shepherd passage of the bills and with their leadership, both are now before Governor Cuomo. CU urges Governor Cuomo to sign both bill into law. 6/18/14






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