ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE
A line hundreds deep and hours long snaked through the City Hall rotunda this afternoon, crammed with New Yorkers waiting to take a picture with the new mayor of New York City after his inauguration.
To the many admirers of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the first Democratic mayor in two decades, a bitter cold day in January and a massive wait could do little to diminish their glow.
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.
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—One of the more colorful figures to grace the Capitol–and rise to its inner circle of control–has been convicted on two counts in a federal fraud trial. For those who decried the nebulous oversight that has characterized the political culture here for so many years, there is hope for a substantive reform, finally. 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—Two good-government advocacy groups and Assemblyman Michael Gianaris have an idea to solve the leadership struggle in the State Senate: have David Paterson appoint a lieutenant governor.
Standing before a blown-up chart showing an excerpt from the Public Officers law, which contains a "catch-all" provision for filling vacancies, Gianaris, a former Read More
Betsy Gotbaum and the candidates running to replace her were joined outside City Hall this morning by four good-government groups to protest the 40 percent cut that’s slated to hit the public advocate’s office next year.
Joining the protest were representatives from Common Cause, NYPIRG, Women’s City Club of New York City, and Citizens Read More
ALBANY—What do a Democratic assemblyman from the Bronx, a Republican state senator from Rome, a good-government advocate and the Niagara County Republican chairman have in common?
They all oppose New York's current system for selecting a vacancy for the U.S. Senate.
"New York has a system of special elections for vacancies in the state legislature–why 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
I just spoke with Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York, about Tom Golisano’s decision to seed a PAC with $5 million of his own money – and his lawyer’s assertion that Golisano can spend whatever he wants in state legislative races this fall Read More