Cuomo Strengthens FOIL, But Legislature Still Operates in the Shadows

Reclaim New York executive director Brandon Muir offered the following reaction to Governor Cuomo’s signing of legislation (S6865A) to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) by limiting the appeal window following a judgment: “By signing legislation to strengthen the state’s transparency law, Governor Cuomo has taken a step in the right direction, improving transparency for all New Yorkers. … Read More

Indictment of Governor’s Pals: They Lied, They Cheated, They Stole… Allegedly.

Sign up to make fight corruption in New York. Reclaim New York offered the following statement in reaction to the federal indictment of Joe Percoco, Alain Kaloyeros, and others:  “With today’s indictment, New Yorkers got a chance to see how deep the alleged corruption surrounding Governor Cuomo goes. It’s no wonder confidence in government is at an all-time low. “New Yorkers … Read More

Even for Oyster Bay, Massive Tax Hike Budget is Low Point

Are you ready to fight the Empire State’s affordability crisis? Join Reclaim New York today. Reclaim New York offered the following statement in response to the Town of Oyster Bay’s passage of a budget that increases the tax levy by a cap-busting 11.5 percent: “It’s sadly no surprise that Oyster Bay’s last minute budgeting, under a cloud of corruption, means taxpayers … Read More

Working Harder to Get Pay Hike Than Stopping Corruption Is Exactly Why Legislators Don’t Deserve It

Don’t let greedy politicians earn more than they deserve. Join Reclaim New York today. Reclaim New York offered the following statement in response to the State Commission on Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Compensation not offering a recommendation for a salary increase: “Albany politicians thought they had it made. They concocted a scheme to have an unelected, unaccountable, and unconstitutional pay raise … Read More

Reclaim New York Files Suit Against Local Governments in Hudson Valley to Force Compliance with Transparency Law

Peekskill City School District, Beacon City School District, Chester School District, Village of Spring Valley, Town of Deerpark Sued for Violating FOIL, Refusing to Show Spending (White Plains, NY) – In front of the Westchester County Courthouse today, Reclaim New York (Reclaim) announced the filing of Article 78 litigation against five major government entities from across the lower Hudson Valley … Read More

American Packaging Deal: Governor’s Latest Payout Helps Donor, Hurts NY’s Bad Biz Climate

  Reclaim New York offered the following statement on the Governor’s announcement of $14.7 million in tax breaks and Upstate Revitalization Initiative grants for American Packaging Corporation today: “More than 280 businesses in New York have warned the state they’re downsizing, moving, or leaving all together this year. Using millions in economic development funny money to help only one company, … Read More

Nassau Legislature Pours Gas on Budget Fire

Reclaim New York offered the following statement in response to the Nassau County Legislature’s vote to approve the county’s 2017 budget proposal: “Nassau County’s finances are a dumpster fire. Rather than doing anything to put it out, the County Legislature poured on more gasoline with the irresponsible budget they just passed. “This is what happens when politics and patronage come … Read More

Albany’s Desperate Attempt to Break Home-sharing Breaks Federal Law

  Reclaim New York executive director Brandon Muir offered the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s late Friday signing of a bill to levy heavy fines on Airbnb and its users. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act specifically prohibits states from holding a tech platform legally liable for a user’s actions, which this bill does: “In a desperate … Read More

Albany’s Desperate Attempt to Break Home-sharing Breaks Federal Law

Reclaim New York executive director Brandon Muir offered the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s late Friday signing of a bill to levy heavy fines on Airbnb and its users. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act specifically prohibits states from holding a tech platform legally liable for a user’s actions, which this bill does: “In a desperate attempt … Read More