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NYC Mayor Appoints Correction Board Members

October 31, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco

New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed three new members to the Board of Correction: Steven M. Safyer, Jennifer Jones Austin, and Derrick D. Cephas. As members of the Board, they are tasked with establishing and ensuring compliance with minimum standards, regulating conditions of confinement, and correctional health and mental health care in all City correctional facilities.

Lack of Competition in 2014 Election Cycle

Ocober 31, 2014
By Bob Levine

New York, NY – The Citizens Union has released a white paper that shows the deepening effects of partisan gerrymandering in this year’s election cycle and supports Proposal 1 on November 4th.

Durazo to Lead Hotel Workers on Immigration/Civil Rights

October 31, 2014
By Stephanie West

Los Angeles, CA – Maria Elena Durazo, recognized as one of the most influential labor leaders in the nation, will resign her position as the leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO to become a national officer of UNITE HERE, the hotel, casino and food service workers’ union. Durazo will serve as General Vice President on Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity for the union.

Schumer Endorses Todd Kaminsky for Assembly

October 29, 2014
By Stephanie West

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has endorsed former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky to represent New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island. “Todd Kaminsky is exactly the kind of talented, dedicated public servant we need in Albany,” Sen. Schumer said. “As a federal prosecutor, he proved himself to be a relentless defender of New Yorkers—successfully prosecuting scam artists, drug kingpins and corrupt government officials.

Schneiderman and Di Napoli Urge NYC to Vote for Democrats Nov. 4th

October 29, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY As election day nears, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are urging New Yorkers to vote for Democrats on November 4th.

Who Will Be the NYS Senate "Cappo Di Tutti Capi”

October 29, 2014
By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

Bronx, NY - The windows are open and the bookies are taking bets for the political horse race to see which of the three State Senators – Dean Skelos, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, or Jeff Klein – will cross the finish line first and claim the prize as the “Cappo di tutti capi” of the New York State Senate.

Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

October 16, 2014
By Mike Hall Reprinted:

Washington DC - The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin from implementing the nation’s strictest voter photo ID law that could have denied more than 300,000 registered voters the right to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

Redistricted Lines Rigged to Maintain Power

October 9, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – The Citizens Union has released a report examining the election results following the 2012 redistricting process. State legislators once again used a rigged process to maximize their hold on power in each house.  


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