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  Bill Samuels: Plan To Create A Dedicated Full-Time Albany Legislature Modeled After Congress To Help Recruit Best And Brightest To Serve And Create Nation’s Best Legislature

“We must realize that a part-time legislature in Albany simply has not worked, will never work and, it in fact, …



  Samuels Challenges Cuomo to Show Leadership on Campaign Finance Reform

New York, NY – In light of yesterday’s arrest of Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith and others, Bill Samuels, founder …



  Bill Samuels: Senator Liz Krueger Joins New Roosevelt: Fund Campaign Reform with Casino Cash

Two days ahead of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and reform …



  Bill Samuels: Statement Against the Cuomo Redistricting Amendment speaking at the Rockefeller Institute Conference on Constitutional Change

In a speech given today at a conference at the Rockefeller Institute which debated the forthcoming constitutional amendments on expanding …



  New Roosevelt Bill Samuels Calls on Governor Cuomo to Set an Example on Campaign Finance and to Immediately Stop Taking Corporate Donations

New York, NY – Bill Samuels, founder of the reform Albany organization New Roosevelt, today called on Cuomo to start …



  Bill Samuels: Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Decision to Forego Further Use of Message of Necessity this Legislative Session Urges Governor to permanently ban its future use unless there is a real emergency

ALBANY, NY – Bill Samuels, one of the founders of, Effective NY, a non-partisan organization dedicated to helping New Yorkers …



  Urges Governor Cuomo to Stop Taking Corporate Donations and Focus on Reforming State Campaign Finance Laws During the Next Legislative Session

Despite first year legislative gains, Governor Cuomo is not setting an example on Campaign Finance Reform, an issue he campaigned …



  Joining the “99 New York Campaign” and Calling Upon Governor Cuomo and Legislature to Preserve Millionaires Tax

“Capitalism is only as good as the respect …



  New York Special Elections: The Old-Boys Network That Keeps Women Out of the Legislature

Bill Samuels, founder of the reform group New Roosevelt, joined State Senator Liz Krueger, Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common …



  Questioning Continued Use of Special Elections by Governor Cuomo

“The six Assembly Special Elections did not have competitive party primaries that continued the worst traditions of Albany dysfunction. …



  Endorsing Jesus Gonzalez as Insurgent Reform Candidate in Brooklyn Special Election

Bill Samuels, founder of the Albany reform organization, New Roosevelt, endorsed progressive candidate Jesus Gonzalez, who is running in the …



  Calling on Governor Cuomo Directly To Appoint His Own Advisory Redistricting Committee

By immediately appointing his own non-partisan Advisory Redistricting Committee, Governor Cuomo would allow time to engage communities statewide in a …



  Wabbit killer Bill Samuels backing De Blasio for mayor

Bill Samuels, whose New Roosevelt Initiative helped defeat dat Wascally Wabbit, west Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada, broke some political …



  A Dozen Local and Statewide Activist Groups Rally to Demand Putnam State Senator Greg Ball Pass Independent Redistricting

New Roosevelt founder Bill Samuels with a coalition of progressive groups and young activists rallied Saturday afternoon at Riverfront Green …



  Bill Samuels and New Roosevelt Initiative Call On Senator Jack Martins and Nassau Republicans to Reject Gerrymandering at All Levels of Government

Senator Jack Martins pledged to pass redistricting reform yet refuses to make good on his word; now his fellow Republicans …



  Republican State Senator Greg Ball is Next Target on Independent Redistricting Reform

Warns State Senators who have made Ed Koch’s “Enemies of Reform” that they will be potential targets of New Roosevelt …



  A Dozen Local And Statewide Activist Groups Rally to Demand Nassau State Senator Jack Martins Pass Independent Redistricting

A coalition of local and statewide reform activists protest at Nassau Republican State Senator Jack Martin’s district office to pressure …



  Senate Republicans Fail to Allow Public Hearing on Cuomo Redistricting

The failure of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his Senate Republicans to consider and publicly support a petition by …



  Gov. Cuomo Must Add Redistricting Reform To His Budget Proposal

Advocates Cuomo use political capital to persuade a few Senate Republicans to vote for the bill while simultaneously adding the …



  STATEMENT ON FORMATION OF INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE

The current Democratic leadership in Albany must face the fact that they had an opportunity to pass a reform agenda …



  New Roosevelt’s Bill Samuels Calls On Espada To Forgo Using His Remaining Campaign Contributions To Establish A Legal Defense Fund

Bill Samuels, founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative, publicly called on disgraced, now-indicted State Senator Pedro Espada to forgo using …



  Statement by Bill Samuels, Founder, New Roosevelt Initiative on soon to be Ex-State Senator Pedro Espada Reform Report

Today disgraced, soon-to-be ex-State Senator Pedro Espada publicly reappeared for one of the first times since losing his primary and …



  New Roosevelt’s Bill Samuels Calls on Albany Lawmakers to Pass an Independent Redistricting Plan and Commit Ahead of Time to Approve Without Changes

Bill Samuels, founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative, testified in Albany before the State Senate Legislative Task Force on Demographic …



  New Roosevelt’s Bill Samuels Warns Albany Lawmakers Against Inaction on Passing a Constitutional Amendment on Independent Redistricting during the Special Session

Last night, Bill Samuels, founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative, during a talk at the Museum of the City of …



  New Roosevelt’s Bill Samuels Calls on Governor-Elect Cuomo to Lead the Effort to Pass a Constitutional Amendment on Independent Redistricting During the December Special Session

Today Bill Samuels, founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative called on Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo to make passing a Constitutional Amendment …



  Bill Samuels Congratulates Governor-elect Cuomo; Optimistic on Fiscal Reforms but Not Legislative Reforms

Unfortunately, I am not optimistic that this will happen. While New York’s economic situation may force the legislature to …



  New Roosevelt Initiative Founder Bill Samuels Endorses Kathleen Joy, Praising her for Standing Up to Albany Party Bosses

Today, New Roosevelt Initiative Founder Bill Samuels endorsed Senate candidate Kathleen Joy (D-50) praising her courage for the highly unusual …



  Statement by Bill Samuels, Founder, New Roosevelt Initiative on Hiram Monserrate Surrendering to Federal Authorities

Today with the surrender of former Democratic lawmaker Hiram Monserrate to federal authorities on charges of using a charity he …



  New Roosevelt Initiative Founder Bill Samuels and Insurgent Senate Nominee Gustavo Rivera Endorse Susan Savage and Joanne Yepsen, Praise them for Standing Up to Albany Party Bosses

At a press conference on the steps of the Capitol today, New Roosevelt Initiative Founder Bill Samuels and insurgent Democratic …



  New Roosevelt Initiative Founder Bill Samuels and Insurgent Senate Nominee Gustavo Rivera Endorse Mary Wilmot, Praise her for Standing Up to Albany Party Bosses

At a press conference in Rochester, N.Y. today, New Roosevelt Initiative Founder Bill Samuels and insurgent Democratic Senate Nominee Gustavo …



  BILL SAMUELS, FOUNDER, NEW ROOSEVELT INITIATIVE, CHALLENGES GOP GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE CARL PALADINO TO MATCH NY DEMOCRATS BY PURGING HIS OWN PARTY OF ENTRENCHED LAWMAKERS WHO OBSTRUCT ALBANY REFORM

Today Bill Samuels, whose New Roosevelt Initiative led the effort to defeat State Senator Pedro Espada, issued a direct challenge …



  Carl Paladino Challenged on Capital Tonight

“I invite Paladino to visit State Senate districts in Albany, Rochester, Schenectady and Syracuse that are represented by incumbents who …



  STATEMENT BY BILL SAMUELS, FOUNDER, NEW ROOSEVELT INITIATIVE ON RESULTS OF THE STATE SENATE DISTRICT 33 PRIMARY BETWEEN GUSTAVO RIVERA AND DISGRACED INCUMBENT PEDRO ESPADA

Bronx, NY – Today Bronx voters sent a clear message to Albany lawmakers with the defeat of disgraced incumbent …



  Democrat Gustavo Rivera Endorsed By Former NYS Comptroller Carl McCall, Rev. Al Sharpton and Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter at Bronx Rally

Surrounded by more than two dozen cheering Bronx supporters, former New York State Comptroller Carl McCall, Reverend Al Sharpton, two …



  Democrat Francisco Moya, Candidate for NY Assembly, Endorsed By Bill Samuels and New Roosevelt Initiative

Democrat Francisco Moya (D-Corona) in the New York State Assembly race endorsed against disgraced former State Senator Hiram Monserrate.



  Wilt, Wilmot say no to Espada

Senate Democratic candidates Robin Wilt and Mary Wilmot said they are endorsing Sen. Pedro Espada’s opponent, Gustavo Rivera.

Wilt and Wilmot, …



  New Roosevelt Initiative Opens Full-Time Field Office in Espada’s District

Today, Democratic activist Bill Samuels and his reform organization, New Roosevelt Initiative, today opened a full-time field office in the …



  Times Union: Women against Espada

The Democratic-controlled State Senate is famously divided among blocs: There is an Hispanic bloc, an African American, and progressive bloc …



  Democratic Women State Senate Candidates Join Bill Samuels and the New Roosevelt Initiative to Endorse Gustavo Rivera for State Senate

On Albany capitol steps, Samuels, NRI and State Senate Democratic candidates Joanne Yepsen and Susan Savage endorse Rivera; pledge …



  Upstate Democratic Women State Senate Candidates Join Bill Samuels and the New Roosevelt Initiative to Endorse Gustavo Rivera for State Senate

A group of upstate women Democratic candidates for State Senate today endorsed Gustavo Rivera in his primary race against disgraced …



  Bill Samuels and New Roosevelt Initiative Call on Gov. Paterson to Bring Back State Legislature for a “Truly Extraordinary” Special Session Dedicated to Reform Issues

“A majority of lawmakers have pledged support for redistricting reform and voters should not have to wait until after the …



  New Poll Shows Low Approval Rating for Espada

The results of the New Roosevelt Initiative’s August Viability survey in Senate District 33 Democratic primary demonstrate that Senator Pedro …



  Ben Franklin Reform Democratic Club Endorses Espada Challenger Gustavo Rivera

New Roosevelt Initiative praises Bronx local Democratic Club for overwhelming endorsing Democratic challenger Rivera for State Senate; Disgraced incumbent Espada …



  Samuels and New Roosevelt Initiative Call on Senate to Keep Votes on the Record

New Roosevelt Initiative Chairman Bill Samuels today called for an end to the practice of laying bills aside before a …



  New Roosevelt Initiative Continues Field Operations Against Espada Thursday at Crotona Park

On day of the petition and campaign fundraising filings, NRI steps up leafleting operations against Espada

NEW YORK – …



  New Roosevelt Initiative Begins Field Operations Against Espada

After endorsing Democratic Primary challenger Gustavo Rivera, NRI launches field operation with leafleting campaign in Espada’s district

NEW YORK – …



  Democrat Gustavo Rivera Endorsed By Bill Samuels and New Roosevelt Initiative

Bill Samuels and the New Roosevelt Initiative (NRI) today threw their full support behind the Democrat Gustavo Rivera in the …



  Wake Up Call

Good morning!

State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. says Andrew Cuomo is the driving force behind a push to get him ejected …



  Invitation for the fundraiser later this month hosted by Rochester mayor and lieutenant governor candidate Robert Duffy for the New Roosevelt Initiative, which is looking to oust Sen. Pedro Espada from the Senate

The invitation for the fundraiser later this month hosted by Rochester mayor and lieutenant governor candidate Robert Duffy for …



  Duffy To Headline Fundraiser For Former LG Opponent’s Anti-Incumbent State Senate Group

After being approached to challenge Cuomo on WFP line, Samuels embraces help for New Roosevelt Initiative

By Edward-Isaac Dovere

July 21st will …



  Samuels and New Roosevelt Initiative Call on Senate to Keep Votes on the Record

Demands End of Practice of Pulling Bills Off the Senate Floor Before Roll Call Is Complete

Albany, NY– New Roosevelt …



  Bill Samuels has teamed with artist Robert Greenberg to create a series of satirical illustrations on the corruption and dysfunction in Albany

Drawn in the style of Thomas Nast, the illustrations bring the historical New York Democratic Tiger back to life …



  Samuels to Release Position on Redistricting at Encore Presentation of Tribeca Film Festival

Samuels to Release Position on Redistricting at Encore Presentation of Tribeca Film Festival’s “Gerrymandering”

Redistricting Expert Richard Emery …



  Bill Samuels, Chairman of the New Roosevelt Initiative, Releases First Pillar of Reform: Independent Redistricting

Challenges Senate to Release Redistricting Reform Bill from Committee for Floor Vote; Calls for Immediate Constitutional Amendment for Permanent Redistricting …



  Samuels Announces Disgraced Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. as First Target of Independent Expenditure Campaign

Bill Samuels, Democratic Candidate for State Senate President and Lieutenant Governor, today announced that disgraced State Senator Pedro Espada …



ARTICLES
  Urges Governor Cuomo to Stop Taking Corporate Donations and Focus on Reforming State Campaign Finance Laws During the Next Legislative Session

Despite first year legislative gains, Governor Cuomo is not setting an example on Campaign Finance Reform, an issue he campaigned …



  Joining the “99 New York Campaign” and Calling Upon Governor Cuomo and Legislature to Preserve Millionaires Tax

“Capitalism is only as good as the respect …



  Wabbit killer Bill Samuels backing De Blasio for mayor

Bill Samuels, whose New Roosevelt Initiative helped defeat dat Wascally Wabbit, west Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada, broke some political …



  Carl Paladino Challenged on Capital Tonight

“I invite Paladino to visit State Senate districts in Albany, Rochester, Schenectady and Syracuse that are represented by incumbents who …



  Wilt, Wilmot say no to Espada

Senate Democratic candidates Robin Wilt and Mary Wilmot said they are endorsing Sen. Pedro Espada’s opponent, Gustavo Rivera.

Wilt and Wilmot, …



  Times Union: Women against Espada

The Democratic-controlled State Senate is famously divided among blocs: There is an Hispanic bloc, an African American, and progressive bloc …



  Wake Up Call

Good morning!

State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. says Andrew Cuomo is the driving force behind a push to get him ejected …



  Invitation for the fundraiser later this month hosted by Rochester mayor and lieutenant governor candidate Robert Duffy for the New Roosevelt Initiative, which is looking to oust Sen. Pedro Espada from the Senate

The invitation for the fundraiser later this month hosted by Rochester mayor and lieutenant governor candidate Robert Duffy for …



  Duffy To Headline Fundraiser For Former LG Opponent’s Anti-Incumbent State Senate Group

After being approached to challenge Cuomo on WFP line, Samuels embraces help for New Roosevelt Initiative

By Edward-Isaac Dovere

July 21st will …