Press Releases

Monday, April 22, 2013


“We must realize that a part-time legislature in Albany simply has not worked, will never work and, it in fact, enabled corruption,” Samuels says. “To compliment Campaign Finance Reform and begin to restore trust and bring professionalism to Albany, we must take the equally important step to fulfill the century-old FDR ideal and make the legislature a full-time endeavor with outside income restrictions.” 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

In light of yesterday’s arrest of Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith and others, Bill Samuels, founder of the reform Albany organization New Roosevelt and co-founder of Effective NY, today again pressured Governor Cuomo to announce a specific plan for Campaign Finance Reform and publicly lead a statewide tour to build support for its passage among voters and lawmakers during the current Albany legislative session.

Monday, January 14, 2013


Assembly GOP Minority Leader Brian Kolb is on the House floor and he’s railing against the Message of Necessity that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would need to sign in order to get a gun control package through tonight, which is looking increasingly likely.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Two days ahead of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and reform advocate Bill Samuels announced a new campaign finance reform proposal: a grand bargain that can accomplish Governor Cuomo’s previously-stated goal of a true “fair elections” matching-funds system, without running afoul of some legislators’ objections to taxpayer funding of elections.  Read the Whitepaper.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


In a speech given today at a conference at the Rockefeller Institute which debated the forthcoming constitutional amendments on expanding Casino Gambling and Redistricting Reform, Bill Samuels, Founder, New Roosevelt and Co-Founder, EffectiveNY, advocated that the legislature should not pass for a second time the current redistricting reform amendment.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Ahead of the New York State legislature’s 2013 session, where legislators will consider second passage of two major constitutional amendments — casino gambling and redistricting — some of the state’s leading academic, think tank and government institutions announced today a public policy conference to discuss and debate the potential impact of these amendments, other recently advanced ideas for constitutional change and how to best reform the New York State constitution.

The conference, which will be held at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany on November 29th is sponsored by Effective, Center for Research, Regional Education & Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY- New Paltz, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Government Law Center at the Albany Law School.

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Monday, November 12, 2012


New Paltz, NY – Joining Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials in calls to fix the continuing chaos at poll sites in New York City and across the state, expert on New York State government Professor Gerald Benjamin of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz, suggests a Constitutional Amendment as the only way to end the historical bi-partisan political party patronage at the heart of long standing problems with the Board of Elections.

“The New York State Constitution is exceptional in that it establishes a bi-partisan board to administer elections,” said Professor Benjamin. “The potential for abuse of the system comes into view with every election, and the process of elections administration can affect the outcomes of individual races or initiatives.”

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New York, NY – Bill Samuels, founder of the reform Albany organization New Roosevelt, today called on Governor Cuomo to pass the latest Albany assembly bill designed to bring an immediate solution for the more nearly 1,000 New York City Off Track Betting retirees who lost their health benefits last year when the system was shutdown. Some OTB retirees are currently paying more than $2200 monthto receive medical coverage on their own, an amount that exceeds many of their individual monthly pensions.




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