We love New York and believe that informed and engaged citizens are the only solution to the continuing decline of the Empire State. Reclaim New York’s dedicated staff has been a powerful voice in defense of taxpayers, fighting for fiscal transparency, a more accountable government and a more affordable state. Together we have exposed corruption, waste, and failed policies that make New York the highest taxed state and one of the most inhospitable to business. Additionally, Reclaim staff has trained members of the public to better understand their government and to be citizen advocates for open, fair, and responsive government.
Reclaim New York believes strongly that our state is facing a multitude of significant challenges that makes our central mission all the more crucial, at the same time that state and local government are being profligate in supporting unsustainable programs. Given the scale of the challenges, and our own commitment to fiscal responsibility, we are reevaluating Reclaim’s role in the engagement of citizens and our staff in holding government accountable. To that end, we have determined to pause daily programming and to reduce our workforce. We intend to migrate to more of a web based operation rather than a fully staffed field operation.
Reclaim New York’s supporters, staff and the Board have a great deal to be proud of – from spotlighting government corruption, to pushing for county-level legislation reining in spending, to mobilizing against congestion pricing, and exposing local town and school budgets for informed citizen review. Together we have worked hard to make the Empire State a better place to live and to grow our families. Indeed, a place where our children can stay and raise their families, buy a home, and sustain a decent standard of living.
As we go through this period of re-evaluation we thank our dedicated employees who fought for each and every one of you, bringing light where there was none, and empowering New Yorker’s to carry the torch forward. We wish them the best as they pursue a future in New York made brighter by their hard work, as we chart our new path to holding government accountable to the people who placed their trust in their elected leaders.