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For Immediate Release
Contact: Jake Oliver,, 347 361 9983

New York, N.Y. (January 10, 2022) – Citizens Union releases the following statement from Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum following the passage of a package of legislation to reform the operations of New York’s local boards of elections by expanding voting rights and reforming our election system:

“The bills passed today by the Senate represent an important step in improving New York’s broken election administration system and build on the work the legislature has done in recent years to protect and expand the right to vote in our state.” 

“This package will bring transformational reform to the New York City Board of Elections, making the agency more professional, independent, and efficient. Voters across the state would be served by better-trained election officials.”

“We thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Elections Committee Chair Senator Zellnor Myrie, and all the bills’ sponsors for their work on this legislation. We applaud the Senate for taking steps to improve voting so early in the legislative session and encourage the Assembly to pass these bills quickly and for Governor Hochul to sign them into law.” 

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