New Roosevelt Bill Samuels Calls on Governor Cuomo to Set an Example on Campaign Finance and to Immediately Stop Taking Corporate Donations
Review of latest campaign finance report shows Governor Cuomo has taken 509 corporate contributions totaling more than $1.4 million since taking office; Samuels says cessation of corporate donations will demonstrate that Cuomo truly serious about becoming more aggressive on CFR
Bill Samuels, founder of the reform Albany organization New Roosevelt, today called on Cuomo to start setting an example on Campaign Finance Reform immediately by declaring he would no longer take corporate contributions and he should urge other elected officials to do the same.
Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Decision to Forego Further Use of Message of Necessity this Legislative Session
Bill Samuels, one of the founders of, Effective NY, a non-partisan organization dedicated to helping New Yorkers create a more effective State Constitution, applauded reports that Governor Cuomo has told Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos that he will not further invoke the Message of Necessity clause in the State Constitution during the legislature’s closing session.
EffectiveNY Announces the Winner of its First Constitutional Essay Competition Among New York State Law School Students
Albany Law School Graduate Patrick Woods chosen for essay on a constitutional amendment addressing the issue of Lieutenant Governor succession; Winning essay to be presented at a statewide conference on state constitutional issues next Fall
Effective NY, a non-partisan organization dedicated to helping New Yorkers create a more effective State Constitution, announced today the winner of its first ever New York State law school state constitutional essay competition. SUNY Professor and leading state constitutional law scholar Gerald Benjamin announced that recent Albany Law School graduate Patrick Woods was chosen for his essay about a constitutional amendment to address lieutenant gubernatorial succession in Albany.