Our Work

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.

Challenging Nassau County’s Secret Assessments

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 Sues Long Island Power Authority and South Fork Wind

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.

Looking Under the Hood at the SUNY Board of Trustees

Jim Malatras resigned as chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) in December 2021. The terms of SUNY’s separation agreement with Malatras surfaced just over a month later. SUNY agreed to give Malatras a $450,000 paid year of “study leave” and a tenured faculty position at SUNY Empire College. The year of study leave was remarkable and widely covered by the media, so GJC looked further into it.