|New York Uprising|
The mission of NY Uprising is to end corruption in state government and reinstate the public's faith in the process. They focus on promoting independent redistricting, responsible budgeting, and ethics reform.
Trustees of NY Uprising:
- Ed Koch (Founder) - Mayor of New York City, 1978-1989
- Herman Badillo - U.S. Congressman from New York's 21st District, 1973-1977
- Mario Cuomo - New York State Governor, 1983-1994
- Rudy Giuliani -Mayor of New York City, 1994-2001
- Ned Regan - Former Comptroller of New York State
- Felix Rohatyn - U.S. Ambassador to France, 1997-2000
- Peter J. Solomon - Former Deputy Mayor
- Alair Townsend - Former Deputy Mayor
- Rudy Washington - Former Deputy Mayor
- John Zuccotti - Former Deputy Mayor
During the 2010 elections, NY Uprising sought pledges from candidates supporting independent redistricting, responsible budgeting, and ethics reforms. Of the 350 candidates who signed the pledge, 138 were ultimately elected to the state legislature, a majority in each chamber. Those who signed the pledge were referred to by NY Uprising as "Heroes of Reform," while those that did not were called "Enemies of Reform." Read the full pledge.
New York has historically had some of the worst gerrymandered districts in the nation. With redistricting on the table during the 2011 legislative session, this has become NY Uprising's most visual campaign. They are supporting an independent and transparent process, districts drawn through a nonpartisan process, and a guarantee of minority voting rights.
NY Uprising is pushing for an Independent Budget Office that would convey the state's financial health and act as a watchdog on budgetary matters, as well as adoption of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in relation to the budget, and the use of a five-year financial plan.
NY Uprising calls for raising the bar for ethics through the enactment of comprehensive legislation. This includes annual financial disclosure, creation of a State Ethics Commission, along with a "Blue Ribbon" Commission to evaluate how to limit "Pay to Play" politics.