August 2016 - Citizens Union (CU) urges the enactment of laws and adoption of new rules and regulations that will strengthen the accountability of the New York Police Department to the public and consequently improve the relationship between the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the public.
Citizens Union’s “State Spending in the Shadows” Report Finds $2.4 Billion In Opaque Funds In Nearly 80 Lump Sum Pots In State Budget
February 29, 2016 - Legislature expected to add its own discretionary pots as it did last year when it added 30 pots totalling $300 million.
October 9, 2015 - Increased Regulation of Independent Spending Needed at State Level.
September 18, 2015 - Johnson empowers the Bronx democratic party to anoint next DA and ignore voters.
July 27, 2015 - We urge Governor Cuomo to sign two commonsense bills that strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Law. The State Department of State’s Committee on Open Government recommended both bills.
July 24, 2015 - With state senators Thomas Libous and John Sampson convicted of corruption, the number forced from office crosses 31 since 1999.
June 26, 2015 - Urge governor, legislative leaders, to convene special session.
June 18, 2015 - Substance represents an appealing and significant reform step.
June 17, 2015 - Instant runoff system will increase participation and save NYC at least $13 million.
June 15, 2015 - Urge Governor Cuomo to sign S.1531 (Ranzenhofer) & A. 114 (Buchwald)
June 3, 2015 - Argues Lasting Mayoral Authority Needed to End Permanently the Cyclical Political Fight Over NYC Control of Its Own Schools.
May 27, 2015 - Special Election Results Released Online in Machine-Readable Form for First Time.
Reformers Urge Governor Cuomo, Legislative Leaders, Don’t Let Session End without Moving Meaningful Ethics Forward
May 20, 2015 - New York's leading reform organizations today urged Governor Cuomo and the legislative leaders to make ethics reform a top end-of-session priority.
May 18, 2015 - Also Advocates for Changes to Make System More Accountable, Transparent, and Participatory.
Student Voter Registration Day Coalition Encourages NYC Department of Education to Establish Student Voter Registration Day as a Permanent Citywide Program
May 14, 2015 - As the City Council acknowledges the success of the first Student Voter Registration Day (SVRD) pilot program today, the SVRD Coalition calls on the New York City Department of Education to make the initiative a permanent citywide program in New York.
May 14, 2015 - Our groups commend the New York State Assembly for its strong two-party action with its bipartisan vote today of 120 to 8 to pass legislation that closes the limited liability company (LLC) loophole.
Citizens Union Congratulates John Flanagan for Election as New York State Senate Temporary President of the Senate and Majority Leader
May 11, 2015 - Urges New Leader to Push Critical Reforms in the Wake of Corruption Charges.
May 7, 2015 - Nearly a Quarter of State Legislative Seats Filled Via Special Election.
May 5, 2015 - Good Government Group believes Senate Leader Skelos has violated trust of the public.
April 17, 2015 - $2.9 Billion in Spending is Still Unaccounted for in Spite of Broader Ethics Push.
Deadlock Results In No Action: NYS Board Of Elections Fails To Close LLC Loophole – Bad Public Policy And Bad For Democracy
April 16, 2015 - The LLC loophole keeps voters in the dark about contributors who pour millions of dollars into New York campaigns.
April 13, 2015 - Ask Governor Cuomo to Publicly Voice His Support for Immediate Action.
March 31, 2015 - A NY state ethics deal may have been reached, but no one has yet seen a bill. Only 15 hours remain before the deadline of the state budget’s required passage is reached.
March 31, 2015 - New York needs a much stronger response than the ethics bill finally presented mid-afternoon today by the governor and the legislature to solve Albany’s crime wave of political corruption.
March 19, 2015 - Proposed $2.6 Billion in spending needs greater accountability and transparency.