Voting Court Orders Fact Sheet
2010 Ethics Filings
Updated with analysis of outside employment
Campaign Finance Reform Research and Advocacy: NYPIRG monitors New York State and local governments and issues reports on special interest influence in Albany and New York City. In 1998, NYPIRG played a lead role in winning important changes to New York City's campaign finance law, widely considered the most comprehensive local reform program in the nation. In 2005, NYPIRG successfully fought to have candidates for local office throughout the state electronically disclose their fundraising in the same manner as statewide candidates. This year, NYPIRG is fighting to improve disclosure requirements, strengthen enforcement of campaign finance violations, and close several loopholes in New York's election law.
Election Reform Advocacy & the Help America Vote Act: NYPIRG plays a leading role in New York State to strengthen and protect the right to vote. Every year, college campuses with NYPIRG chapters register thousands of students to vote. We recently secured a major victory ensuring that the vast majority of New Yorkers will have access to secure, reliable voting machines for the 2010 elections.
Redistricting Reform: The New York State Legislature is infamous for drawing gerrymandered district lines in such comical shapes as "Abraham Lincoln Riding a Vacuum Cleaner" and "Bug Splattered on a Windshield." NYPIRG is pushing for creation of an independent redistricting commission, ensuring that legislative districts are drawn to best represent New Yorkers, rather than improve a legislator's shot at reelection.
Ethics Reform: Recent scandals in Albany highlight the need for a strengthened ethics commission, improved legislative financial disclosure reports, and a prohibition of "personal use" of campaign funds.
Fiscal Reform: New York State needs a more open and modern system of public finance. NYPIRG is pushing for greater government consolidation of services as well as better accountability of state spending. In 2009, NYPIRG supported legislation that established more independent oversight over state public authorities.