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New York's Open Meetings Law must be fixed


There is no question that, along with every other aspect of civic life during COVID, tweaks needed to be made to the Open Meetings Law to ensure the safety and health of New Yorkers. However, it is our view that aspects of the Open Meetings Law (OML) are fundamentally broken. The OML must be revised to truly function to serve the public good and provide real transparency and accountability for everyday New Yorkers.

Common Cause New York opposes reduction in mass mailing blackout period


Common Cause New York strongly opposes Int 34-2018 as it will only serve to favor incumbents during an election cycle. There is simply no need for an elected official to send an official mass mailing 30 days before an election instead of the 90 as prescribed by current law.

Common Cause New York Testimony submitted for Senate Ethics Hearing on August 25th, 2021


The events of the last few weeks have not only produced a new Governor but forcefully shown the wholesale failure of ethics oversight in the Executive branch.

Ban & Cap: The Future of Outside Income in the New York State Legislature


Common Cause/NY has long supported a ban or severely curtailing outside income for the New York State Legislature.

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