Our Cases

  • Government Justice Center Argues Against Unconstitutional Pay Raises at Court of Appeals 

    Government Justice Center Argues Against Unconstitutional Pay Raises at Court of Appeals 

    Government Justice Center Executive Director Cam Macdonald argued last week before the New York State Court of Appeals in the case Delgado v. State of New York. The case challenges the constitutionality of a 2018 law that allows an unelected committee to set executive and legislative compensation by re-writing existing laws.

  • Challenging the constitutionality of pay raises

    Challenging the constitutionality of pay raises

    When an unelected committee approved pay raises for the state’s legislators, GJC filed a lawsuit alleging the raises were unconstitutional.

  • Stopping Unconstitutional Executive Pay Raises

    Stopping Unconstitutional Executive Pay Raises

    In the flurry of budget bill voting during the early hours of the morning of April 1, 2019, the Legislature introduced and passed a compensation resolution increasing the Governor and Lieutenant Governor salaries effective January 1, 2019, the date their new elective terms began.

  • Defending a rape survivor’s right to free speech

    Defending a rape survivor’s right to free speech

    In a blatant misuse of political power, New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), which is tasked with regulating lobbying in New York, went after Kat Sullivan—a rape survivor who was pushing for the passage of the Child Victims Act.

  • Challenging Illegal Fees

    Challenging Illegal Fees

    For several years, Long Island’s Suffolk County has avoided raising general fund taxes by imposing new or increased fees on certain residents. In October 2017, the Government Justice Center, an Albany-based public interest legal center, filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court to put an end to the illegal practice of raising general revenue through such fees.