Committee To Save New York Will File As A Lobbyist

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Following calls this morning that they register as a lobbyist, the Committee to Save New York is in the process of doing so.

The group’s spokesman, Bill Cunningham, said the committee is filing the necessary paperwork with the state Commission on Public Integrity.

“We always said we were going to file with all the appropriate authorities what we are required to,” Cunningham said.

The group has hired Allison Lee, a lobbyist at Cunningham’s firm DKC, to be the lobbyist for the group.

“In the anticipation that we will be engaged in those activities construed of as lobbying, we are in the process of registering the committee with the commission,” Cunningham said.

The move comes after NYPIRG and other good-government groups questioned why the business-backed committee hadn’t filed with the Commission on Public Integrity. The committee has an ad up in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cost-cutting agenda and is expected to push lawmakers to support his proposals, such as a property-tax cap and reorganizing state agencies.

“I was mystified why they hadn’t already,” said Blair Horner, legislative director for NYPIRG. “As a result, the barest minimum of information will be disclosed to the public.”

Filing with the Commission on Public Integrity means the committee will need to disclose how much they are paying Lee or any other lobbyists, and also any lobbying expenses, including how much they are spending on the television ads.

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  1. I have a question for your committee but could not find any phone number listed for you in NYC or Albany. Could you kindly provide me with your phone and email address? Thank you.

    Lorna Salzman
    Brooklyn NY