For Immediate Release
July 19, 2007
Media Contact:
Sara Stuart
212.227.0342 ext. 16

Executive Director of Citizens Union

Today, the public interest earns a win against the special interests that have sometimes stymied progress on important state issues. The announcement by Governor Spitzer that an agreement in principle has been reached to strengthen the campaign finance laws of New York State for the first time in decades is good news for the citizens of New York. These improvements hopefully will begin to weaken the strong influence that campaign dollars have had on how important issues get decided in Albany and give New Yorkers better information on how money is raised and spent in campaigns. The Governor, Speaker Silver and Majority Leader Bruno are to be commended for finally making some headway on a long neglected issue.

The progress made today to tighten the state’s campaign finance program is but one step with many more steps still needed to further reform our campaign finance laws. We also hope that the achievement today signals that future possibilities exist to enact broader reform in the areas of redistricting, judicial selection, and elections.

Citizens Union of the City of New York, a non-partisan force for good government for more than 100 years, works to inform and engage New Yorkers, to ensure local and state government values its citizens, addresses critical issues, and operates in a fair, open, and fiscally sound manner.

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