ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE
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.
Earlier, we posted about a release that the Rice campaign sent out touting how they had raised more money from small donors than any other campaign.
The campaign-finance gurus over at NYPIRG however have run their numbers and they say that Rice’s methodology is flawed. Campaigns do not have to itemize how much they 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
ALBANY—The other day I wrote about the late State Senator Ron Stafford's campaign account, and how nearly $60,000 of it has been spent since his death in 2005.
It turns out there are lots of pots of campaign money out there, just sitting, some being spent, controlled by elected officials who have left office Read More
ALBANY—Candidates for political office in New York raised a record $94 million during the last election cycle, according to an analysis released today by a coalition of good-government groups.
The largest chunk of that money came from business interests and unions, but the following list—compiled by NYPIRG's campaign data guru Bill Mahoney—shows the 115 Read More
ALBANY—Here's another Obama first: first NYPIRG alum to become president.
According to Legislative Director Blair Horner, Obama worked for a semester at the organization's City College branch in 1985, after he graduated from Columbia College. (He's the first Columbia College alum to be President, too.)
"You hope he does a good job," Horner Read More
Blair Horner of the good-government group NYPIRG was just on Fred Dicker’s Talk 1300 radio show, saying that Tom Golisano may "undermine his own efforts" if "he gets caught up in the courts."
Golisano, who pledged yesterday to put $5 million towards State Senate races, mainly in western New York, says he’s Read More
Last night at the New York Blood Center auditorium on the Upper West Side, Assemblyman Micah Kellner moderated a panel on post-congestion-pricing solutions for city transportation that reached a general consensus but no real solution: Congestion pricing is not a bad idea, the proposal was just executed poorly, and right now the M.T.A. is, as Read More
Blair Horner is leaving Andrew Cuomo’s staff and returning to his work with N.Y.P.I.R.G.
Here’s the statement:
*WELCOME BACK! BLAIR HORNER TO RETURN TO NYPIRG*
The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is elated to announce that former longtime Legislative Director Blair Horner will return to work at the organization’s Read More
That was quick.
Supporters of congestion pricing are taking issue with the methodology of a new Quinnipiac poll which showed New Yorkers split on the issue.
“Asking people if they want to pay more to drive without explaining what they are paying for doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know,” said Read More