Month: November 2017


    The fight for open, transparent government is about empowering you to hold government officials accountable. We can’t expect politicians to police themselves without effective citizen oversight. To do that, New York needs a stronger Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Right now, people must be prepared to back up any records requests they send with a […]

  • Statement on Passage of Suffolk County Budget

    Reclaim New York Initiative offered the following statement on the Suffolk County Legislature’s passage of a new 2018 county budget. At a press conference earlier today, the group called on the Suffolk County Legislature to remove fees that illegally generate massive revenue from the budget (which they failed to do): “Suffolk County legislators refuse to […]

  • Reclaim New York Initiative Press Conference Remarks, Suffolk County Legislature, November 8, 2017

    Reclaim New York Initiative press conference remarks, Suffolk County Legislature, November 8, 2017: Mike Armstrong: Thank you all for coming out today. My name is Mike Armstrong, and I am Director of Field Operations for Reclaim New York Initiative. That’s Reclaim New York Initiative. We are a non-partisan, non-profit, 501-c-4 advocacy organization. We work with […]

  • Cortland County’s Final Budget Takes Turn for the Better

    Despite similar populations, Cortland County is spending $44 million more than Chenango County. This is a sign of a budget that has gotten away from taxpayers. However, with the newly approved 2018 budget, we could be seeing the beginning of the end for Cortland’s tax and spend cycle that has driven the county’s budget to […]