News Releases and Statements

May 2018

Watchdog Groups Applaud Senate for Passing Bills to Increase the Transparency and Accountability of State Economic Development Programs

Good government and fiscal watchdog groups commend the Senate for passing a package of bills intended to improve the transparency and accountability of the state’s multitude of economic development programs. The groups call on the Assembly to join the Senate in passing the Database of Deals A.8175-A (Schimminger) & S.6613-B (Croci) and Comptroller DiNapoli’s Procurement Integrity Act S.3984-A (DeFrancisco) A.6355-A (Peoples-Stokes)Read More

May 2018

Citizens Union Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 181 Restoring Voting Rights to People on Parole

With this Executive Order, New York joins the 16 other states and District of Columbia that automatically allow people to vote upon release from incarceration. Finally, New Yorkers on parole will no longer be silenced at the polls, a practice that has had a far greater impact on black and Latino communities throughout the state. Automatic restoration not only expands and diversifies the pool of eligible voters, but also is a significant step away from the historic dispossession of New Yorkers of color. Read More

January 2018

Year of "Albany on Trial" Starts With Former Top Aide To Governor Cuomo and Big Political Donors Facing Bribery and Extortion Charges

This is the first of six trials that will play out during this year’s legislative session. In response to the corruption risks revealed by the trials, government watchdog groups have called on the Governor and Legislature to finally act on major reforms that would increase the transparency and oversight of state contracting, business subsidies and reduce the risk of corruption by restricting campaign contributions from people doing business with the state and strengthening government oversight agencies.

The groups have also called for closing the “LLC Loophole” which allows for essentially unlimited contributions through Limited Liability Companies and full transparency for discretionary “lump sum” spending, which the groups say are much bigger, more secretive and a greater corruption risk than member items. Read More