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  • RECLAIM NEW YORK INITIATIVE SUPPORTS THE MINIMUM WAGE TIP CREDIT

    Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Executive Director Brandon Muir: “It’s not easy getting employees and employers to agree on labor issues. But the wage tip credit is one where they find common ground, and for good reasons. Governor Cuomo has proposed ending this credit – a decision that would force businesses to shoulder more […]

  • Nassau County Fee Grab Adds to NY’s Affordability Crisis

    Nassau County generated a 44 percent increase in revenue from red-light camera violations in 2016, according to new report from Newsday. That’s thanks in part to the county raising the cost of its “Driver Responsibility” fee from $30 to $45. This fee is one of several that have raised the total cost of red-light camera […]

  • RECLAIM NEW YORK INITIATIVE RESPONDS TO BASELESS ATTACKS FROM ULSTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE HEIN

    Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Executive Director Brandon Muir: “Ulster County lawmakers have the opportunity to pass legislation that would level the playing field between citizens and entrenched politicians. Establishing term limits is an important reform supported by Reclaim New York Initiative and 80 percent of New Yorkers. But County Executive Mike Hein has distracted citizens from […]

  • RECLAIM NEW YORK INITIATIVE CALLS ON ULSTER COUNTY LEGISLATURE TO PASS TERM LIMITS

    Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator Domenick Cocchiara on Ulster County’s push to impose term limits: “Too many career politicians are a recipe for corruption. Thankfully, local governments in the Hudson Valley are taking action with commonsense reforms. “Ulster County legislators are leading the way with a bill to impose term […]

  • RECLAIM NEW YORK INITIATIVE JOINS ASSEMBLYMEMBERS TO VOICE SUPPORT FOR THE PROCUREMENT INTEGRITY ACT

    Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Executive Director Brandon Muir on the organization’s joint press conference with the Assembly Minority Conference: “Today Reclaim New York Initiative joined Assemblymembers to call for an immediate vote on a bill that would restore transparency across our state. “For too long, bad actors have bypassed oversight measures and abused […]

  • New York City’s Spending Spree: $89 Billion Budget Too Big Not To Fail

    The proposed $89 billion New York City budget is colossal, in that it risks collapsing under its own weight. Just how large is the New York City Budget? It’s larger than the budgets of 46 states, including Florida with twice the population It’s 9 times the size of Los Angeles’s budget It’s greater than the […]

  • WIN FOR WATERTOWN RESIDENTS AS CITY PASSES BUDGET UNDER THE TAX CAP

    Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Central and Northern Regional Director on the passage of the City of Watertown budget for 2018-2019: “Watertown residents should be giving themselves a pat on the back after the city council voted unanimously to pass a responsible budget under the tax cap without relying on smoke and mirrors to […]

  • CITY OF LONG BEACH BUDGET PUNISHES FAMILIES, BUSINESSES, AND SENIORS WITH AN 8.35 PERCENT TAX HIKE

    Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Long Island Regional Director Michael Watt on the passage of the City of Long Beach’s budget for 2018-2019: “Long Beach residents will feel the sting of an 8.35 percent tax hike thanks to a bloated budget passed unanimously by the city council Wednesday night. This budget smashes through the […]

  • Following Outreach by Reclaim, Taxpayers, Watertown Council Votes to Stay Under The Tax Cap

    In advance of the City of Watertown budget hearing, local taxpayers and elected officials joined Reclaim New York Initiative for a discussion on how best to address concerns about the city manager’s budget proposal. As proposed by the City Manager, the budget would wallop taxpayers with a 9.5% tax hike, and, despite facing a budget […]

  • Vestal: Tell Your School Board to Stop Hoarding Taxpayer Money

    At a public hearing on May 8 at 6 p.m., taxpayers in the Vestal Central School District (Broome County) have the opportunity to demand a 0-percent tax increase in the 2018–2019 budget. They can do this without jeopardizing school quality because Vestal has been hoarding millions of dollars in taxpayer money for years—enough to cut […]