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Betsy Combier

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Email: betsy.combier@gmail.com

 
The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Joan Klingsberg
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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The Brennan Center For Justice: Reform of the New York State Legislature
New York, the state with the most dusfunctional legislature in the country, has no alternative but to change the way the legislature works.
          
On July 21, 2004, the Brennan Center released The New York State Legislative Process: An Evaluation and Blueprint for Reform. The report concludes that New York's legislative bodies discourage rank-and-file lawmakers from participating fully in the legislative process and, in turn, deprive citizens of full representation in Albany. In New York State, representative democracy is alive in name more than reality.

Since the report's release, all of New York's major daily newspapers, from upstate and downstate, have used their editorial pages to call the public's attention to the report's findings. More than 30 organizations from across the political spectrum have endorsed our package of reforms. A statewide campaign to reform the legislative process in Albany has begun. On this Web page, you can access our full report, review our recommendations, read the editorials, and join the campaign.

The report's findings are based on quantitative, historical and comparative data developed through analysis of all "major" laws enacted in New York from 1997 through 2001, interviews with sitting members of New York's Assembly and Senate and their staff, and a national telephone survey of other states.

The New York State Legislative Process: An Evaluation and Blueprint for Reform

Recommendations

Key Documents:

Report
Executive Summary
Recommendations
Stringer Rules Reform Resolution
Stringer Rules Reform Sponsors Updated as of November 24, 2004
Stringer Rules Reform FAQs



Press Releases:

Business, Advocacy & Citizen Groups Across the State Demand Rules Reform in Albany (11/22/04) NEW!


Assemblymembers Scott Stringer, Sam Hoyt And Fifteen Other Majority Members Introduce Landmark Assembly Rules Change (9/28/04)


New Report: New York's Legislative Process Most Dysfunctional in Nation (7/21/04)



Press Coverage:

Editorials & Op-Eds
News Stories



Supporting Organizations:

List of Supporters Updated as of November 24, 2004
Statements of Support

 
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