Policy Reports

Spending in the Shadows: Nonspecific Funding in the FY 2018 New York State Executive Budget (March 2017)
Spending in the Shadows: Nonspecific Funding in the FY 2017 New York State Enacted Budget (September 2016)
Spending in the Shadows: Discretionary Funding in the NYS Budget – FY 2017 Executive Budget Update (February 2016)
Spending in the Shadows: Discretionary Funding in the NYS Budget - FY 2014-2016 Update (March 2015)  - Accompanying data - April 2015 Addendum - Final Budget | Accompanying data - Addendum Lump Sum Funds - Community Projects Fund


2014 Election Outcomes Are In: Rigged Redistricting System Will Re-Elect Dozens of Incumbents Before a Single Vote is Cast (October 2014)
A Broken Promise: Agency-Based Voter Registration in New York City (October 2014)
Rigged to Maintain Power: How NYS' 2012 Redistricting Protected Incumbents and Continued Majority Party Control (October 2014)
Fair Elections for New York State - 2014 Update: How Public Matching Creates Greater Voter Choice and Competition (March 2014)


Transparency Working Group Report: Progress and Challenges with NYC Open Data Law (November 2013)
Spending in the Shadows: Discretionary Funding in the NYS Budget (September 2013)
Hidden from View: The Undisclosed Campaign Activities of Political Clubs in New York (May 2013)
2012 Election Analysis: How Gerrymandering Skews Party Representation and Creates Uncontested Elections (January 2013)


Fair Elections for New York State: How Public Matching Creates Greater Voter Choice and Competition (November 2012)
Creating a More Objective and Equitable Discretionary Funding Process in New York City (May 2012)
NYU Capstone Report - Tensions, Trends and Trade-offs: Recommendations Toward an Equitable, Efficient and Effective New York City Civil Service System (April 2012)
Diminished Accountability: How Discipline for Misconduct is Downgraded by the NYPD (March 2012)
 A New Transparency for New York State: Using the Explosion of Information Technology to Open NY Government (Citizens Union, Common Cause, LWVNY, NYPIRG                            and Reinvent Albany) (March 2012)


ReShaping New York: Ending the Rigged Practice of Partisan Gerrymandering with and Impartial and Independent Redistricting Process (report body) | ReShaping New York: Executive Summary  | ReShaping New York: Appendices (November 2011)
Circumventing Democracy: The Flawed Process for Filling Vacancies in State Government, 2011 Update (June 2011)
Citizens Union Report and Recommendations to the 2011 City Lobbying Commission (May 2011)
Examining Turnover in the New York State Legislature: 2009-2010 Update (February 2011)


CU Analysis of Online Sample Ballot Practices in New York State County Boards of Election (November 2010)
Voter Turnout Analysis: Nonpartisan City Council Special Elections Have a Higher Turnout than Partisan State Legislative Special Elections (August 2010)
 2010 City Charter Revision Recommendations: Increasing Avenues for Governing and Elections in New York City | Executive Summary and List of Recommendations (June 2010)


EXAMINING TURNOVER IN THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE: Ethical Misconduct Increasingly the Cause for Legislators Leaving (November 2009)
IMPROVING MAYORAL CONTROL: Strengthening Accountability, Transparency and Parental Participation in Public Education (June 2009)
NEW YORK NEEDS ELECTION REFORM NOW: From Industrial Age Patronage to Information Age Accountability | Executive Summary and Recommendations | Detailed Recommendations (May 2009)


Your Tax Dollars at Work: City Council Spending on Advertisements | Addendum 1 | Addendum 2 | Addendum 3 (October 2007)
Circumventing Democracy: The Flawed System for Filling Vacancies for Elected Office in New York (April 2007)


Project Report: 2006 Poll Worker Recruitment Program (2006)
Principles of Council Reform: Ideas for a More Democratic and Effective City Council (2006)