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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


PORT AUTHORITY FIX ON DECK IN NYS SENATE

There is an historic opportunity to reform the Port Authority before the end of the legislative session this week. The Bill, S.7721/A.3944-C (Lanza/Brennan), which has passed both the NYS Assembly and has identical legislation in New Jersey, would ensure that  the Port Authority has sound governance policies. In a statement, Citizens Union, along with AAA New York State urged the Senate to take action and pass this much needed reform. 6/17/14


TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNMENT IMPROVES ACCESSIBILITY

The City Council Government Operations Committee is considering three bills that would continue to build open and transparent government while improving accessibility for the public. The three bills include the online publication of City laws, Open FOIL and publication of an online city record in a more searchable format. Citizens Union testified in support of the bills with recommendations on further improving accessibility. 6/9/14


NEW RULES AND NEW SPIRIT AT CITY COUNCIL
 
The New York City Council ushers in new rules today which will bring a new spirit to the Council. These new rules will provide a more meaningful role for rank-and-file members and make discretionary funding more equitable among other changes. Citizens Union issued a statement commending the Council  for the steps taken to improve the rules. 5/14/2014
 







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CU In the News

NY Daily News-Bloomberg closes wallet to NY legislature; Cuomo vs. Teachout, 8/25/14 - Read Full Article

Times Union- Ballot measure on redistricting firmed up; independence questioned, 8/2/14 - Read Full Article

Times Union- Split over ballot on voting lines, 8/19/14 - Read Full Article

Capitol Confidential-Lawsuit opposes language of redistricting amendment, 8/19/14 - Read Full Article

LoHud- Not all good-government groups oppose redistricting amendment, 8/19/14 - Read Full Article

WAMC- Supporters Launch Campaign For Yes Vote On Redistricting Ballot Amendment, 8/20/14 - Read Full Article

Capital NY- Reform-group civil war over Cuomo-style redistricting, 8/19/14 - Read Full Article

Reform Groups Split On Ballot Amendment | WAMC - Read Full Article

De Blasio signs bills to make NYC information open, searchable online | Brooklyn Daily Eagle - Read Full Article

Reformers to clash over redistricting amendment - The Insider Blog | Crain's New York Business - Read Full Article