Releases and Blog

It’s Time for Initiative and Referendum in New York

Unite NY launched with a simple, yet powerful premise: people over party. Our reasoning for this was simple. When we empower voters and not party bosses, we can create a more representative and functional government. Unfortunately, New York’s government is an example of everything that’s wrong with politics. Party bosses, special interests, and lobbyists are […]

Running for Office Shouldn’t Be This Hard

New Yorkers Once Again Stay Home on Election Day, Unite NY Renews Call for Reform

To Fix Longstanding Problems, the State Needs to Give Power Back to Voters Through Increased Ballot Access, Initiative and Referendum, and More Inclusive Primaries Albany, NY – The results of New York’s second primary election of the summer are in, and they are the same as the first, with voters staying away from the polls […]

In The News

UNY in the News: KB Byrd Talking Unite and Reform in the Fulcrum

Kahlil (KB) Byrd, CEO of Invest America, recently talked up Unite NY’s efforts on democracy reform in a great post in the Fulcrum. He compares the challenges to landing on the moon and outlines the challenges we face in fixing a broken system. It’s a great synopsis of our efforts and just how urgent our […]

UNY in the News: Pay but Can’t Play – Daily News Op Ed

In New York’s broken system, only voters enrolled in a Party can vote in today’s primaries. But we all pick up the tab. How is that fair? In this Op Ed carried in today’s Primary Day edition of the NY Daily News, Unite NY founder Martin Babinec shares his frustration with a closed primary process […]

UNY in the News: Seven Independent Bodies Seek Ballot Status

The Yonkers Times recently outlined the effort Unite NY and others have undertaken seeking ballot status in New York. New York State has one of the more restrictive and exclusionary ballot access thresholds in the nation, requiring more than 45,000 signatures – roughly the population of the city of Binghamton – to get a candidate […]