April 27, 2022 - Citizens Union releases the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum in response to the NYS Court of Appeals ruling on the state's redistricting maps
Following the decennial nationwide census, the New York City Charter mandates that the City Council and the Mayor appoint a…
Citizens Union Issues Report Outlining Recommendations For A Fair City Council Redistricting Process
February 22, 2022 — Citizens Union today issued a report outlining measures to ensure a fair City Council redistricting process. Fair and Open City Council Redistricting recommends the city appoint City Council redistricting commissioners who will adopt expansive anti-gerrymandering criteria, ensure transparency and have not served in an elected office for the past five years.
January 3, 2022 - 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.
November 5, 2014 - We are pleased that voters seized this once in a fifty-year opportunity to fix our state’s rigged redistricting process and end the practice of drawing districts to favor incumbents, protect majority party control, and discourage competition.
October 29, 2014 - New analysis shows lack of competition in 2014 election cycle: many legislators already elected without a single vote being cast.
Statement On Attorney General Schneiderman’s Announcement On Prison-Based Gerrymandering’s Continued Ban With Prop 1
October 23, 2014 - Citizens Union is pleased to hear that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman believes that Prop 1 – the proposed constitutional amendment that bans legislative maps drawn for political advantage – does not change the state’s law banning prison-based gerrymandering.
May 24, 2014 - Voters will find three ballot proposals on the 2014 general election ballot.
2013 - Why Does Redistricting Matter?
Citizens Union Praises City Districting Commission’s Release Of Written Rationales For Drawing Of Council Districts
February 13, 2013 - Unprecedented transparency of decision-making can dispel cynicism and increase public confidence. Staff Memorandum’s robust disclosure can serve as a model for other jurisdictions.
Citizens Union Report Shows Gerrymandering Effects on 2013 and Historic Party Control of Legislature
January 23, 2013 - Number of seats held far apart from voters party registration or total number of votes cast. Twelve senate Democrats told their voters in Summer 2012 they will support constitutional amendment on redistricting.
Citizens Union Releases Recommendations to Improve NYC Districting Commission’s Updated Maps and Increase Transparency
January 7, 2013 - Recommends publicly releasing written rationales for each district to make commission's decision-making more transparent. Concerns include protection of incumbents, underrepresentation of Asian Americans, and division of East Harlem.
December 3, 2012 - Good Government Group concerned over flawed process, tainted decision on District 34, and need for more public input.
Recent Redistricting Rulings Show How Our Laws Allow Partisan Gerrymandering and Why Permanent Reform Was Needed
May 4, 2012 - These decisions demonstrate more clearly than ever before that we could not have relied on the courts or the Justice Department to correct our fatally flawed redistricting process.
Citizens Union And League Of Women Voters New York State Support Just Released Constitutional Amendment To Permanently Reform Redistricting Process
March 12, 2012 - Proposal creates independent commission to draw state legislative and congressional district lines. Creates a more inclusive and independent commission while discouraging gerrymandering in future map drawing.
March 8, 2012 - Governor-negotiated constitutional amendment, mirroring statute, and improved 2012 district lines represent best reform option.
March 6, 2012 - Citizens Union urges Governor and Legislature to act now to improve maps for 2012 and enact permanent constitutional and statutory changes.
Redistricting Experts Call For Governor To Use Veto Threat To Achieve Permanent Redistricting Reform During Briefing Held By Citizens Union
February 28, 2012 - "A Veto is Essentially A Spanking - It Stings, But It is Temporary."
Former NY Attorney General Robert Abrams: Strongest Legal Path To Redistricting Reform Achieved Through A Constitutional Amendment And Statute To Ensure Amendment’s Passage
February 24, 2012 - Former AG details legal framework for a constitutional amendment and statute.
Citizens Union Issues Letter Calling On Governor Cuomo To Use Veto Power To Achieve Two Important Redistricting Reform Goals: Lasting Redistricting Reform And Better 2012 Maps
February 23, 2012 - Good Government Groups wants Governor to seize the moment and seek permanent constitutional reform. LATFOR drawn maps demonstrate why fundamental and lasting redistricting reform is needed.
February 2, 2012 - Draft maps manipulate population deviation to maximize majority power. Opportunity to elect districts falls short of creating a legislature reflecting the state's diversity. Good Government Group's testimony before LATFOR follows appearance in Albany criticizing LATFOR for unnecessarily dividing cities and counties and violating the state constitution's requirement for compact districts.
January 11, 2012 - Redistricting reform must be top reform priority as legislature returns to Albany. Legislators must finally honor commitments to voters to regain public trust.
September 21, 2011 - Urges state legislature to return to Albany for a special session to pass redistricting reform. New two-step proposal would involve acceptable reform in 2012 and constitutional amendment passage bringing about permanent reform.
Citizens Union Analysis: Gerrymandering In Queens Has Resulted In Representation That Does Not Reflect Borough’s Diversity
September 7, 2011 - Calls on legislators to return to Albany to pass redistricting reform at hearing in Queens. Party-controlled and partisan body continues with the status quo redistricting process.
July 6, 2011 - Grade Of "I" For "Incomplete" Needs To Be Removed If Not, LATFOR-drawn Lines Will Be Vetoed By Governor.