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Jan
12
2017
New Non-Profit Donor Disclosure Rules Will Not be Enforced While NYCLU and ACLU Lawsuit Proceeds

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has agreed to hold off on enforcing certain provisions of a recently enacted state ethics law that the New York Civil Liberties Union and American Civil Liberties Union argue violates the First Amendment. Following a lawsuit filed in federal court by the NYCLU and ACLU, the Attorney General agreed last week not to enforce parts of the law until the court considers the statute’s enactment and reaches a preliminary judgement on whether it violates the Constitution.

Jan
9
2017
In State Addresses, Cuomo Must Announce Plans to Make New York a Progressive Leader

Governor Andrew Cuomo will lay out his vision for New York this week during a series of State of the State addresses beginning today. With just days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the New York Civil Liberties Union urges Gov. Cuomo to put forth a plan that will safeguard New Yorkers from the threats to freedom posed by the incoming administration.

Dec
22
2016
NYCLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Overbroad Campaign Finance Law that Threatens Free Speech

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging provisions of a New York State law that will curtail free speech and discourage people from donating to non-profit organizations that advocate for issues they care about.

Oct
7
2016
Holding Presidential Debate on Private Property Undermined Free Expression: NYCLU

Holding a major public event, like a presidential debate, on private property far removed from the public can raise free speech problems, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Nassau County Chapter reports after it dispatched legal observers to Hofstra University for the first debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Given the intense public interest in this election and in the debates themselves, the NYCLU is disappointed that the Commission on Presidential Debates didn’t make more of an effort to accommodate protest activity within a reasonable distance from the site of the debate.

Aug
19
2016
Overbroad Campaign Finance Bill Threatens Free Speech

The New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter this week to Governor Cuomo raising serious concerns about a bill that could chill constitutionally protected speech and discourage people from contributing to nonprofit organizations that fight for causes they care about. The governor could sign this bill into law within a matter of days.

Jun
9
2016
NYCLU Applauds Campaign Finance Reform Opinion Issued by Governor’s Office

Governor Cuomo’s counsel, Alphonso David, issued an opinion letter yesterday outlining important steps that would lead to critical campaign finance reforms. The following statement can be attributed to Arthur Eisenberg, legal director at the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Apr
29
2016
NYCLU Posts Notice of Raza and Handschu Settlements

UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Charles S. Haight, Jr. has extended the comment period on the proposed Settlement Agreement amending the Modified Handschu Guidelines to 11:59 P.M. on May 26, 2016. He has also added a final in-court hearing date on June 1, 2016. All class members who wish to comment in support or opposition to the proposed Settlement may register to present comments in person on June 1, or may submit written comments without appearing, but must do so by 11:59 P.M. on May 26, 2016.

Mar
2
2016
No Tax Credits for Donors to Private and Religious Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union is joining a coalition of government watchdog groups, religious associations and education advocates today in Albany to present a legislative briefing on the proposed Parental Choice in Education Act, an education tax credit that would effectively transfer public tax dollars to private and religious schools. The act, which was rejected last year, is geared toward wealthy donors, and allows as much as $1 million in tax credits for donations made to a private or public school.

Jan
7
2016
Landmark Settlement Protects American Muslims From Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

In a landmark settlement announced today, the New York City Police Department has agreed to reforms designed to protect New York Muslims and others from discriminatory and unjustified surveillance. As a further safeguard, the settlement installs a civilian representative within the NYPD to act as a check on investigations involving political or religious activity. The settlement was reached in two lawsuits, Raza v. City of New York and Handschu v. Special Services Division.

Oct
16
2015
NYCLU Posts Notice of Hart Island Settlement to Families

The New York Civil Liberties Union has posted notice of a proposed settlement in its class action lawsuit seeking to provide gravesite visits to family members of those buried on Hart Island, New York City's potter's field. For more information on the settlement, please see the notice.

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