Category Archives: Recent Cases

ESD Determining Fates In Darkness

Dear Friends, The Cuomo Administration took unprecedented steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, including shutting down all “non-essential” businesses. This has taken a tremendous toll on communities across the state. The term non-essential has been ambiguous from the very beginning, causing countless headaches for business owners looking to protect their livelihoods. The governor’s shutdown […]

Upholding Open Meetings Law

The Government Justice Center sent a letter to the Colonie Town Supervisor yesterday advising the Town Board to both livestream and record their town meetings in compliance with state Open Meetings Law after the Board failed to do so earlier this month.

GJC Urges Transparency on Medical Equipment Plans

April 9, 2020 The Government Justice Center sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting clarification about his executive order allowing the state’s Department of Health to take medical equipment from anyone in the state. GJC Executive Director Cam Macdonald urged Governor Cuomo to “provide New Yorkers with the models and projections that justify shifting ventilators […]

GJC Helps Stop Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns

March 12, 2020 A Supreme Court Justice in Niagara County has voided New York’s Public Campaign Financing and Election Commission law, adopting legal arguments raised by the Government Justice Center in a brief filed last October. Ruling in a pair of cases brought by state lawmakers and minor political parties, Justice Ralph Boniello wrote the […]

GJC Supports Challenge to Mandatory Bar Dues

The Government Justice Center and several public policy centers filed a “friend of the court” brief in Jarchow v. State Bar of Wisconsin before the United States Supreme Court arguing that mandatory bar association fees are unconstitutional. Mandatory bar associations impose severe burdens on protected speech and association. It is a bedrock First Amendment principle that […]

Department of Labor Abusing the FOIL Disclosure Exemptions

A FOIL request for records between two public agencies was denied for blanket exemption claims. As more and more agencies deny requests without stating explicit reasons, transparency becomes harder to grasp. GJC hopes to remedy this by setting a precedent in this case against DOL and the Town of Queensbury.