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Brennan Center Comments on Bruno Reform Task Force

September 30, 2004

For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 30, 2004

Contact Information:
Natalia Kennedy, 212 998–6736

Brennan Center Comments on Bruno Refrom Task Force

New York, NY – Scott Schell, spokesman for the Brennan Center for Justice, commented today on Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s announcement of a task force on government reform:

“We welcome the Majority Leader’s announcement. This is yet another powerful sign that the leaders in Albany have heard the calls from the people of New York for a more open, more responsive, and more effective Legislature. We look forward to examining the work of the task force.

Make no mistake. We are long past the time when New Yorkers will be fooled by finger pointing at the other chamber—or at the Governor—as an excuse for inaction. The Brennan Center’s reform proposals advanced by Assemblymember Scott Stringer come in the form of rules changes. These rules changes can be adopted by the independent authority of the Assembly or the Senate. If there is no progress, the members of each body can and should be held accountable.”

For additional information about efforts to reform Albany, please visit Reforming the NYS Legislature.

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, founded in 1995, unites thinkers and advocates in pursuit of a vision of inclusive and effective democracy. Its mission is to develop and implement an innovative, nonpartisan agenda of scholarship, public education, and legal action that promotes equality and human dignity, while safeguarding fundamental freedoms.
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