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  • Albany Times Union: Cuomo pulls false alarm on federal tax reform

    Reclaim New York Initiative executive director Brandon Muir wrote a recent article in the Albany Times Union that sheds light on the Governor’s executive budget and the federal tax reform plan. “The governor’s plan can’t claim to protect taxpayers when it pushed a billion-dollar tax and fee hike instead of focusing on spending that has […]

  • ALBANY’S FANTASY AGENDA DRIVES NEW YORKERS’ REAL AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

    The Governor and state lawmakers are about to return to Albany to kick off another legislative session. It will be yet another exercise in backroom negotiations, and costly deals that make our state more expensive, and do little to clean up corruption. That is, unless New Yorkers step up and do something about it. It’s […]

  • 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 […]

  • Reclaim New York Initiative Calls on Nassau Legislature to Stop Increasing Illegal Fees & Remove Them from County Budget

    New “Fight the Fees” Campaign Will Engage Citizens to End Illegal Fees   (Mineola, NY) — On the steps of the county legislature today, Reclaim New York Initiative called on Nassau County legislators to reject all $59 million in illegal fee increases from the County Executive’s proposed budget, and urged the elimination of illegal fees already […]

  • Mayor Wants to Raise Taxes, Loot Reserve Fund, & Make Off with Personal Pay Raise

    There are good budgets, there are bad budgets, then there are shameless budgets. The new Mount Vernon budget proposal is the definition of shameless. Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas’ budget for 2018 includes a double-digit-percent raise for himself. The $118.3 million budget proposed is nearly an 11 percent increase in spending, up $11.6 million from […]

  • Empire State Development Takes Home Emmy Award for Best Corporate Welfare

    Reclaim New York Initiative offered the following statement in response to Empire State Development’s shameless bragging about taxpayer-financed productions winning Emmy awards:  “The state’s film tax credit job claims are a fiction straight out of the Hollywood productions they’re forcing New York taxpayers to finance. “New Yorkers did not win anything at the Emmy’s. Again, […]

  • HEMPSTEAD, RALLY FOR ETHICS REFORM ON 9/5!

      Join Reclaim New York Initiative on September 5th and tell the Hempstead Town Board that you deserve real ethics reform. Tuesday, September 5th 9:00 AM – Let your voice be heard in a rally at the entrance of Hempstead Town Hall. 10:30 AM – Speak in support of real ethics reform at the Hempstead […]

  • ACTION ALERT: MTA Summer Of Hell!

    It is no secret that New York’s transit system is a disaster. Heck, it’s gotten so bad, the MTA was just served a class action lawsuit for damages over poor LIRR service. The MTA finally announced plans to deal with the summer of hell commuters are facing. The big idea? Warn commuters that the trains […]