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.
When an unelected committee approved pay raises for the state’s legislators, GJC filed a lawsuit alleging the raises were unconstitutional.
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.
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.
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.
In the Rye City School District, officials forked over more than $31,000 to a third-party vendor that conducts “equity audits.” But the school district is refusing to say any more.
The Government Justice Center (GJC) has filed a complaint on behalf of Long Island ratepayers against the Long Island Power Authority and South Fork Wind, formally known as Deepwater Wind South Fork, for violating New York State’s procurement laws.
Like many others in Nassau County, Diane Eckel grieves her real property assessments. The stakes are high. Taxpayers can save tens of thousands of dollars in successful challenges. But knowing how the County determines values is critical to making a challenge.
GJC obtained a court order compelling the Cuomo Department of Health to disclose to Empire Center data on Covid nursing home deaths that had been kept from the public to hide underreported fatalities.
Government Justice Center is representing the Empire Center for Public Policy as amicus in state court proceedings over reapportioning New York’s congressional and senate districts.