Citizens Union

Rachel Noerdling (Credit: CBS 2)

Citizens Union Director: De Blasio Aide Under Criticism, Rachel Noerdlinger, Is Obligated To Disclose Background

Citizens Union Executive Director Dick Dadey says public officials such as Rachel Noerdlinger, served at the appointment of the mayor, but also served the public and as such, are obligated to disclose their background and history under the law.

10/03/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images)

New York City Council Reforms Rules For Discretionary Spending

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has voluntarily given up her authority to decide how a large chunk of the council’s discretionary funding is distributed.

04/29/2014

New York City Hall (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Govt Watchdog: City Council ‘Broke A Promise’ By Voting To Dole Out Stipends

In its first meeting, the new council approved a long list of extra pay to be doled out to members. The speaker gets $25,000 and the majority leader $20,000, while ten members get $15,000 apiece. Thirty four other members get $8,000 each.

01/23/2014

Ballots go through voting machine (file/credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Local Officials Rally For ‘Better, Smarter, Fairer’ Instant Runoff Voting

Elected officials pointed to the $13 million price tag to hold Tuesday’s public advocate runoff election that saw very low voter turnout as a reason to change the current procedure.

10/02/2013

New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Critics: N.Y. State Lawmakers Have Quietly Revived Unpopular Taxes To Build Budget

Good-government groups slammed the New York State Legislature on Wednesday for what one senator called “vampire voting” — dead-of-night votes to revive taxes that were supposed to die — to build much of the new $135 billion budget.

03/27/2013