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2022 State Budget Testimony

Testimony before New York’s Redistricting Commission

In this written supplement, we present detailed analysis and recommendations regarding district lines to be drawn in four of the five New York City boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. Cognizant of the state constitutional requirement to respect the cores of existing districts where practical, we begin our discussion with relevant demographic changes, both borough wide and as impacts current district maps.

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.

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