This month, our leaders in Albany passed a Comptroller-only “pilot program” of public funding of elections that they touted as a “historic” step to reform a culture of pay-to-play politics.
But it was weak and poorly designed. Good government groups called it a step backwards. And Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a longtime advocate for reform, put the debate to bed when he announced he would opt-out and continue to fight with us for a real, statewide system of public funding of elections.
We’d like to extend a special invitation to an exclusive tele-townhall tonight with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, special guest Karen Scharff of Citizen Action, and Working Families’ Dan Cantor to hear the behind-the-scenes story of the fight for public financing this year.
We’ll discuss lessons learned from this fight and strategize with you about how to move forward and build a better New York.