Category: Blog

  • Lindenhurst Residents Will Pay Illegal Fees To Buy Their Own Backyard

    The Village of Lindenhurst will force nearly 50 homeowners to buy a portion of their own backyard. That’s right. Residents will spend thousands of dollars to purchase land they thought they already owned. A village-owned “paper road” known as Richards Lane runs through the backyards of homes on north side of Orchard Street and the […]

  • END ILLEGAL FEES IN SUFFOLK COUNTY: CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY

    Accompanied by citizens and county legislators, Reclaim New York Initiative held a press conference on October 2 to fight against illegal fees in Suffolk County. Displayed front and center was a $70 million giant check paid to the order of the Suffolk County government, emblematic of the $70 million in illegal revenue Suffolk County has […]

  • Time To Take Charge: Stop Illegal Fees In Suffolk County

    Suffolk County is exploiting taxpayers by stealing from them through illegal fees, and hoping that no one will notice. It’s up to you to fight back against money-grubbing legislators. You need to let them know that you are watching, you are furious, and you are going to fight against it! Already, the county government has collected […]

  • Suffolk County Legislature Shows No Remorse for Robbing Residents Blind

    Suffolk County legislators are knowingly robbing citizens of their hard-earned money by imposing illegal fees. Instead of addressing budgetary issues with real reform, legislators have turned to highway robbery and illegally passed the bill to taxpayers. State law says all service-related fees must be designated towards covering the cost of that service alone. Instead, Suffolk […]

  • 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 […]