For Immediate Release DOZENS OF DIVERSE GROUPS PRESENT CITY POLICYMAKERS

Posted on February 26, 2009


DOZENS OF DIVERSE GROUPS PRESENT CITY POLICYMAKERS

For Immediate Release

Contact: Chris Keeley

February 25, 2009

Common Cause/New York

(212) 691-6421 or (917) 847-3625

MEDIA ADVISORY

DOZENS OF DIVERSE GROUPS PRESENT CITY POLICYMAKERS A PLAN THAT WOULD BOLSTER TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS

NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group Demand Local Officials Prevent Transparency and Accountability "Blackholes" Currently in Federal Guidelines

WHO: Members of the NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group to be joined by Councilmembers Bill de Blasio, Gale Brewer, Jessica Lappin, and John Liu will hold a news conference to call on New York City policymakers to enhance the transparency and accountability standards regarding the allocation and use of federal stimulus funds.

WHAT: NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group will release its Common Principles for Transparency and Accountability and 'Taxpayer's Right to Know,' urging New York's policymakers to adopt principles of fairness and effectiveness and incorporate them into the city-level investment plans expected by the federal stimulus package. Setting up a transparent process before the money is allocated will avoid future recriminations and investigations.

WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Steps of New York City Hall

Members of the NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group, as of Feb. 25, 2009

Alliance for Quality Education || Campaign For Fiscal Equity || Citizens Budget Commission || Citizens Union || Common Cause/New York || Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts. || Consumers Union || Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn || Drum Major Institute || Empire State Consumer Project || Environmental Advocates of New York || Fiscal Policy Institute || Good Jobs New York || NEDAP || NYC AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN) || New York Jobs With Justice || New York Public Interest Research Group || People's Production House || Queens Civic Congress || Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter || Tri-State Transportation Campaign || Urban Justice Center, Community Development Project

(list in formation)

Office: Common Cause New York

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