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Syracuse Council Explores Independent Redistricting After County Legislature Rejects It

Councilors Wednesday received a presentation from Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, a statewide advocacy group that lobbies for better government processes. Lerner said the council’s current policy of letting its members draw the districts is a blatant conflict of interest.

7 Takeaways From New York’s $175 Billion Budget

"It’s a mixed bag,” said Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York, a government reform group. “A more open, lengthier process probably would have given us a stronger result. “But I don’t want to undercut the fact that we’re at least talking about these things and at least moving some reforms.”

Voting & Elections 03.29.2019

The Boss of the NYC Board of Elections is Pushing for New Voting Machines Made by a Company He Benefited From

"They are picking a piece of voting technology that has been roundly criticized across the country and that is insecure," said Susan Lerner of Common Cause.

Voting & Elections 03.27.2019

Legislature Seeks Funds to Ease Counties' Cost of Early Voting Law

Advocates for early voting, including Common Cause-NY, said Wednesday the state needs to provide $25 million to $30 million in the $175 billion budget to implement early voting and avoid having the full cost paid by local property taxpayers. The New York State Association of Counties estimates that cost for implementing the system at $7 million to $10 million, and electronic poll books will cost another $27 million to $30 million.

Money & Influence 03.14.2019

Cuomo Holds Secret Fundraiser at St. Regis Amid Budget Talks

“Ideally there shouldn’t be fundraisers during budget negotiations or during the time the Legislature is in session,” said Susan Lerner, director of NY Common Cause.

Voting & Elections 03.7.2019

Rally Blasts Cuomo’s ‘activist tax’ Proposal

Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner said the lobbying threshold proposal “makes no sense” and that New York needs “a governor who is willing to be a leader in encouraging civic engagement instead of discouraging” it.

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