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Citizens Union and Citizens Union Foundation are committed to reforming New York City and State government by fostering accountability, accessibility, transparency, honesty and the highest ethical standards. Always nonpartisan, since 1897, we have devoted ourselves to holding our government accountable and the enfranchisement of all New Yorkers.

Our Most Recent Press Releases

Citizens Union Issues Statement on One Year Anniversary of January 6th Insurrection

 

Citizens Union releases the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum on the one year anniversary of the insurrection at the US Capitol Building:

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Citizens Union Congratulates Adrienne Adams on Being Elected New York City Council Speaker

 

Citizens Union releases the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum congratulating Adrienne Adams on her election as Speaker of the New York City Council:

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Citizens Union Responds to Governor Hochul’s State of the State Address

 

Citizens Union releases the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum in response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State address:

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Groups Criticize the Independent Redistricting Commission’s Failure to Approve a Single Set of Maps

 

The League of Women Voters, Citizens Union, and Reinvent Albany have submitted the following letter to the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission following the Commission’s failure to approve a single set of redistricting maps for submission to the Legislature.

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Citizens Union Issues Report Outlining Public Safety and Policing Recommendations for New Mayoral Administration

 

Citizens Union, New York’s preeminent good government group, today released Public Safety and Policing in New York City: Recommendations to the New Mayor, a report outlining recommendations for the incoming Mayoral administration designed to promote public safety and make the NYPD more accountable and responsive. The report builds on Citizens Union’s comprehensive Agenda for Police Reform to make the NYPD more transparent and accountable, which the group released in March. You can read that report here.

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Statement from Citizens Union on New York City Council Bill Allowing Non-citizen Legal Residents to Vote in Municipal Elections

 

Citizens Union releases the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum in response to the New York City Council passing legislation that will allow non-citizen legal residents to vote in municipal elections:

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Statement from Citizens Union Regarding the Rejection of the 2021 Statewide Ballot Proposals

 

Citizens Union released the following statement in reaction to the rejection of ballot proposals 1 (Amending the Redistricting Process), 3 (Eliminating Ten-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement), and 4 (Authorizing No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting) by voters in the November general election

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Citizens Union Applauds Governor Hochul for Enacting Transparency Reforms

 

Citizens Union releases the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum in response to reforms announced today by Governor Kathy Hochul that will increase transparency and accountability in state government:

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Citizens Union Announces Endorsement of Eric Adams for Mayor in 2021 General Election

 

Citizens Union, New York’s pre-eminent, non-partisan good government group, today announced its endorsement of Eric Adams for Mayor in the 2021 general election in New York City. Citizens Union also today announced its endorsements of Tony Avella (City Council District 19, Northeast Queens) and Sal Albanese (City Council District 50, Mid-Island Staten Island) in contested City Council races in the 2021 general election.

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