ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE
Last Tuesday’s elections settled contentious races across the city, but for good-government advocates, the fight for campaign finance reform is still ramping up.
Various winners in City Council primaries gathered with members of Common Cause New York on the steps of City Hall today to castigate the influence of independent expenditures, especially Jobs for New York, a group backed by real estate interests.
It’s election days like yesterday that Susan Lerner both lives for and dreads. The executive director of Common Cause left the house at 3:30 a.m. She spent the wee hours of the election morning printing out thousands of fliers alerting people to the voter hotline that the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) were manning along with Lerner and her associates in Common Cause to field calls about voting problems. It has been a joint election protection effort of NYPIRG and Common Cause for more than 20 years, and a solo NYPIRG effort before that time.
By 9 a.m. she had 60 volunteers manning phones that never stopped ringing, not even for a second.
It’s officially Senator Gillibrand’s cause now, too.
At a Friday morning press conference that felt like a torch-passing, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney very publicly cheered the legislative efforts of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who announced that the Senate would be holding its first-ever hearing on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Legislation bill at the end of the Read More
The good-government group Common Cause is now calling for Governor David Paterson to resign.
“Given the fiscal and governmental crisis enveloping our state, we at Common Cause/New York have come to the reluctant conclusion that it would be in the best interest of the people of the State of New York for Governor Paterson to Read More
ALBANY—There might be movement on legislation restructuring the notoriously porous ethics enforcement in Albany.
“My understanding is we’re actually looking at a new bill that has elements from all of the different passages that have actually been presented and as I said before I think that is a positive development,” said Susan Lerner, the executive Read More
A handful of votes this Election Day could determine the presidency, control of the State Senate and a few toss-up congressional races here, making the Get Out the Vote operations more meaningful than in years past.
And with that unprecedented call for voters to go to the polls, a critic of Michael Bloomberg says the 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
Good government groups are taking advantage of the lull in news on Day 2 to outline the proposals they’d like Eliot Spitzer to include in his state of the state address tomorrow.
The ten proposals, presented at a press conference by Blair Horner of NYPIRG and Rachel Leon of Common Cause, include creating an independent Read More
Common Cause sifted through the massive 2,000 page report on the Assembly’s pork projects, bringing to light some note-worthy numbers. CC’s report is here.
Funding for the 2,675 projects ranged from $500 to $4,912,000, with the average being $19,501.
The Southern Teir Senior Center explained why they got funding from the Read More