Nassau Indictments: Taste of Corruption Sickening for Long Island, All NYers

Reclaim New York offered the following statement in response to today’s federal indictment of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto: “Long Islanders, and all New Yorkers, have had more than a taste of corruption, they’ve had their fill. Enough with ‘sad days’ watching federal officers take away so-called “public servants” in handcuffs. It’s predictable … Read More

Town of Islip’s Property Tax Hike Would Break Cap & Backs of Residents

Reclaim New York offered the following statement on the Town of Islip’s push to break the state’s tax cap to raise property taxes by 10 percent to fund $224 million budget proposal: “There’s nothing modest about the affordability burdens Islip residents are shouldering, and a 10 percent tax increase risks breaking the backs of many families that are already struggling to … Read More

Reclaim New York, Joined by Nassau Comptroller & Ohio Treasurer, Launches First Statewide Database of Local Government Spending,New Transparency Standards

(Mineola, NY) – With the latest public corruption scandals dominating headlines, and State government’s repeated failure to implement serious ethics reform, today, Reclaim New York was joined by transparency leaders, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, to launch new tools to empower New Yorkers to hold government accountable. Reclaim’s statewide database of local government spending is … Read More

Town of Oyster Bay, Manhasset School District Get Slapped for Transparency Violations

Sign up here to learn how you can make New York more transparent! Reclaim New York executive director Brandon Muir offered the following statement today after State Supreme Court Justice Robert A. Bruno’s order awarding attorney fees to the organization in their Article 78 petition against the Town of Oyster Bay, and Manhasset School District. The Court determined that both entities … Read More

START-UP NY TRIES TO HIDE $55 MILLION FAILURE FROM NYERS

(New York, NY) – Reclaim New York offered the following statement on the Start-Up NY jobs report: “The Governor has forced New Yorkers to carry the full weight of our state’s out-of-control tax burden, so Start-Up NY can handpick businesses and individuals for a 10 year tax holiday. But his administration won’t look New Yorkers in the eye and admit … Read More

REPORT SHOWS MAYOR’S OFFICE HAD MOTIVE & OPPORTUNITY ON SHADY LAND DEAL

Reclaim New York offered the following statement on the New York City Department of Investigation report on questions over the role of Mayor de Blasio’s office in the controversial Rivington House deed swap that yielded a windfall for a politically-connected developer: “This is proof positive that lobbyists and campaign bundlers have bought their way into the Mayor’s administration, and policy … Read More

START-UP NY TESTIMONY: AT LEAST THE EXCUSES COST LESS THAN THE ADS

Reclaim New York offered the following statement in response to state economic development guru Howard Zemsky’s remarks yesterday before the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry: “New Yorkers deserved straight answers on the Start-Up NY program’s terrible job figures, and attempts to dodge accountability. Instead, they got insulting double-talk, contradictions, and weak data. “This should make … Read More

ALBANY THINKS RULES DON’T APPLY TO THEM & DOESN’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT

Reclaim New York executive director Brandon Muir offered the following reaction to the recent “ethics reform” legislation (S8160) finally making it to Governor Cuomo’s desk nearly 57 days since it was rushed through with a message of necessity: “Legislative leaders and the Governor have shown they don’t think the rules apply to them. They blatantly abused the Message of Necessity … Read More

SPOILER ALERT: FILM TAX CREDIT WON’T SAVE ECONOMY IN DISTRESS

Reclaim New York executive director Brandon Muir offered the following response to Governor Cuomo’s comments on the state’s film tax credit program today at the opening of Silvercup Studios North: ““We’ve seen this movie before and – spoiler alert – the ship still sinks. “Special tax breaks for favorite industries are never going to build an economic future for all … Read More