Category: End NY Corruption


    RECLAIM INITIATIVE APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S ATTEMPT TO TRIM THE FAT Statement from Reclaim Initiative in response to Governor Cuomo vetoing appropriations for the New York State Capital Assistance Program. “Last Friday, Governor Cuomo finally realized that it’s hogwash to give lawmakers an additional $44 million in capital spending to waste on earmarks. The Governor touted this […]

  • 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 […]

  • Citizens Say Enough. Time to End Suffolk County’s Illegal Fees

    SMITHTOWN – On October 2, Reclaim New York Initiative hosted a press conference with Suffolk County residents, and Legislator Rob Trotta. The press conference addressed Suffolk Bill 1850: A Charter Law to Ensure the Legality of Suffolk County Fees. Under state law, fees cannot be more than the cost of specific services. Any surplus money […]

  • 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 […]

  • Action Alert: Tell Suffolk County Legislators to Sign the Discharge Petition

    Suffolk County is gouging residents with illegal fees. Lawmakers are overcharging citizens for the cost of services in a desperate attempt to patch the county’s busted budget. In fact, Suffolk County is collecting over $70 million from these fees. The worst example is the tax map verification fee. The county is charging $500 for verifying […]

  • Shame on Ulster County Legislators

        Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator Domenick Cocchiara in response to Ulster County’s decision to postpone a vote on term limits: “Reclaim New York Initiative condemns Ulster County lawmakers for putting politics before policy during tonight’s public hearing and failing to pass a commonsense reform. “Too many career politicians […]

  • Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes sponsored a bill to fight corruption. Now she doesn’t support it.

    Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Executive Director Brandon Muir on the Assembly’s failure to move on the Procurement Integrity Act: “Lawmakers claim they want to tackle Albany corruption. There’s overwhelming support in the State Assembly for a bill to fight the Empire State’s pay-to-play culture. Everything should be in place for New Yorkers to get […]


    Taxpayers express concern about tax, spending increases proposed by city manager WATERTOWN, NY – In advance of tonight’s 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, which calls for a 9.5-percent tax increase and a […]

  • Reclaim New York Initiative, Assembly Minority Leader Kolb, Senator Akshar, Assemblyman Byrne, Citizens, Call on Albany to Remove Tax & Fee Hikes during Budget Negotiations

    (Albany, NY) — In the heart of the State Capitol today, Reclaim New York Initiative hosted a press conference along with New Yorkers from across the state to urge lawmakers to reject proposed tax and fee increases totaling an estimated $1 billion. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Senator Fred Akshar, and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne participated. […]

  • Reclaim New York Initiative Cheers Senate Plan to Diffuse Cuomo’s $1 Billion “Tax Bomb”

    Reclaim New York Initiative continues to run the “Stop the Tax Bomb” grassroots campaign urging citizens to contact their legislators and demand $1 billion in taxes and fees be removed from the budget. The group’s Executive Director Brandon Muir offered the following statement on the Senate majority’s one house budget: “We applaud the Senate budget […]