Christine Quinn, who came into the Council speakership as a self-declared reformer, is now coming under fire from one of the oldest good-government organizations in the city, which says it is “disillusioned” with her handling of the term-limits issue.
Citizens Union executive director Dick Dadey released a statement yesterday criticizing Quinn for announcing her Read More
At 2:30 p.m. today, I’ll be chatting with Dick Dadey, executive director of the good-government group Citizens Union.
Among the topics Dadey and his colleagues have had to ponder recently are: continuing, serious talk about changing city term limits and the mayor’s bill about financial disclosure requirements for board members Read More
Here’s Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson delivering his opening remarks to the Citizens Union breakfast at the Puck Building this morning.
“It will take months, if not years, to understand the full impact of the current impact on international and financial markets,” Thompson said.
He goes on, “It’s Wednesday. The question is, Read More
Running out of City Hall this afternoon – where there’s been some chatter by folks lingering in the lobby that there might be a deal on the city budget as early as tomorrow night – I saw Dick Dadey and some good-government activists outlining changes they’d like to city put in place before the elections Read More
Barack Obama’s decision to opt out of the public campaign finance program is "unfortunate but understandable," says Dick Dadey, executive director of the good-government organization Citizens Union.
When asked for comment, Dadey emailed:
It is unfortunate but understandable.
The federal campaign finance system hasn’t kept up with the times and Read More
So, how will today’s revelation affect Christine Quinn’s political future?
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said, “We’re required to give Speaker Quinn the benefit of the doubt, especially since she announced today she was the person who alerted law enforcement to the problem.”
“We don’t know the impact because we don’t know what will occur Read More
Citizens Union, a group that promotes government openness and transparency, is urging state lawmakers to pass congestion pricing.
But they also have some changes they’d like to see in the final bill.
Like Bill Thompson, the group wants to eliminate the discount that drivers who pay a toll prior to entering Read More
According to that Citizens Union study, one of the City Council’s most prolific advertisers with public money is James Gennaro of Queens.
His spokeswoman, Lee Landor, emailed over this reaction to the report:
"We do not believe that our ads are excessive. Additionally, all of our ads provide our constituents Read More
The Citizens Union Foundation will call for more qualified bilingual election day workers, announcing their latest effort to recruit multi-lingual poll site workers on the steps of City Hall.
Assemblywoman Adele Cohen celebrates the groundbreaking of a wheelchair-accessible greenhouse in southern Brooklyn.
Nassau County Police Benevolent Association President Gary DelaRaba will discuss Nassau County Read More