Unite NY has been active in supporting candidates and issues that will offer common sense solutions to problems faced across the Empire State.
Fixing a Broken Sense of Public Trust
Reform the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) to empower independent leadership, rather than allow the Governor to appoint his own investigator.
Expand public integrity responsibilities to include violations of FOIL law and open government rules.
Overhaul campaign finance rules to limit total contributions to Statewide candidates to prevent massive war chests from dissuading opposing candidates.
Fixing a Broken Democracy
Reduce ballot access requirements to ensure a variety of voices can be heard at the polling place, not just the two-party duopoly.
Implement good government reforms like initiative and referendum, as well as recall provision, injecting more democracy into our government and putting power in the hands of the people.
Consider creative approaches to election reform, including independent redistricting, non-partisan primaries, ranked choice voting, vote by mail, virtual petitioning, and other ways to encourage more voter participation and engagement.
Fixing a Broken Economy
Address a failing approach to rural and upstate broadband access to allow our businesses, families and students to succeed in a digital world — no matter where they’re based.
Reform economic development practices to get government out of the business of picking private sector winners and losers.
Address real problems of tax and regulations crippling investment across the State.
Invest in education and workforce programs to enable job growth in industries of today and tomorrow, not just a college-or-bust approach to education.
Support entrepreneurial and innovation economy investment — not with government dollars being the first ones in, but rather supporting private sector risk-taking.