September 22, 2009 - Decision upholding appointment of Lt. Governor. Groups urged Governor in early July to undertake this constitutional move to break deadlock in State Senate.
September 11, 2009 - See Senate amendment as necessary since it adds needed teeth to enforcement. Original bill a modest but incomplete step forward.
Garodnick, de Blasio and Citizens Union Call for Greater Civilian Handling of Police Misconduct Cases
July 29, 2009 - New Council Bill Would Improve Independence and Public Confidence in Civilian Complaint Oversight System.
July 16, 2009 - Too soon to retire dysfunctional label, groups say, but a strong step forward.
June 29, 2009 - A coalition of long-time reform organizations today released the outline of their plan to end the Senate stalemate. Citizens Union, Common Cause/NY, the League of Women Voters, and NYPIRG issued their plea as the state Senate entered its fourth week of gridlock.
Gotham Gazette, a Publication of Citizens Union Foundation, Wins Second Knight News Challenge Grant To Create Councilpedia, a Local Open Government Wiki
June 18, 2009 - At its core, Councilpedia will be a wiki devoted to local elected officials. It will focus on the relationships between the 51 New York City Council members, borough presidents and citywide office holders, and their campaign donations and donors.
June 12, 2009 - Good Government Group calls for efforts to strengthen accountability, transparency and parental participation in public education. Supports no fixed terms for pep members but proposes 90-day notice for removal.
Citizens Union Proposes Eliminating Board of Elections Urges End to Industrial Age Patronage and Fresh Start with Information Age Accountability
May 18, 2009 - Structural change to election administration aimed at reforming arcane system. Good Government Group releases a series of recommendations to improve voting and reform elections that can be made now without changing the state constitution.
April 4, 2009 - A regrettably closed-door process turned the December Doomsday Executive Budget proposal into a "Happy Days are Here Again" budget in April.
March 25, 2009 - Calls for long overdue state action to prevent their implementation.
February 18, 2009 - Historic Good Government Group urges adoption of balanced package in whole because it shares the burden. Opposes Envisioned New Role for MTA Chair and Advocates Additional Measures on Public Reporting and Accountability.
February 17, 2009 - Business interests dominate campaign donations; real estate and health care industries biggest corporate campaign contributors. Civic groups call for public financing of elections and other campaign reforms.
February 13, 2009 - Historic Good-Government Organization supports Francisco Moya in Queens Council District 21, Geraldine Chapey in Queens Council District 32 and Deborah Rose in Staten Island Council District 49. Competitive contests exist in February 24th Special Election.
December 17, 2008 - Election Day Lines: Examining the Problem and Proposing Solutions
December 15, 2008 - Good Government Group issues recommendations to increase integrity, transparency, and efficiency of state budget process as Governor presents fiscal plan. Reform needed even more if public is to support budget decisions to deal with fiscal crisis.
December 11, 2008 - Annual Public Hearing of the NYC Voter Assistance Commission
Testimony to the City Council Governmental Operations Committee on Election Reform and Modernization
November 25, 2008 - Election Reform and Modernization: Considering Early Voting, Same-Day Registration and Electronic Voter Registration
Citizens Union Foundation Recruited 5,000 Applications From New Yorkers To Serve As Poll Workers For This Fall Election
October 31, 2009 - Good Government Group provided applications to the City Board of Elections; 40% were of college age New Yorkers, 14% were language interpreters.
October 28, 2009 - Historic Good-Government Organization supports Councilmember Addabbo in Queens State Senate Race and Incumbent Queens State Senator Frank Padavan. Announces support for thirteen State Legislative Candidates in November General Election.
October 25, 2009 - It counts twenty Council Members opposing unilateral council action. David Yassky is added to CU's list of opponents.
September 4, 2009 - Supports the re-election of State Senator Martin Connor and election of John Reddy for Manhattan Surrogate.
September 4, 2008 - CU Supports the Re-Election of State Senator Martin Connor andElection of John Reddy for Manhattan Surrogate
Citizens Union Reaffirms Its Support For A New York State Campaign Finance Public Matching Fund Program
May 8, 2008 - Historic Good Government Group far prefers a matching program over full financing; urges Governor and State Legislature to pass meaningful campaign finance reform legislation before session ends. Good Government Group believes matching program is best use of public funds because it still allows for voters to participate in democracy by making contributions throughout the course of a campaign.
April 15, 2008 - Supports CCRB assumption of prosecutorial role, expanded range of penalties, and establishing CCPC's enhanced role and permanence among eleven recommendations. Good Government Group believes reforms will increase accountability, transparency and strengthen public confidence in system of police discipline.
April 2, 2008 - Good Government Group Encouraged by Plan's Recent Modifications