EffectiveNY is a nonpartisan government watchdog group and public policy think thank dedicated to finding and implementing innovative solutions to make New York better.

Founded by Bill Samuels, a longtime leader on reform issues, EffectiveNY aims to make government more transparent and accountable; engage civic participation; expose corruption; encourage bold, new ideas and thinkers; and fight for communities that are inadequately represented in the political process.

We use two entities to achieve these objectives:

  • EffectiveNY, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for legislation to improve the lives of New Yorkers and the quality of our government.  Effective Radio every Sunday at 11 AM on AM 970 discusses many of these social ideas.
  • EffectiveNY Howard Samuels Policy Center Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that educates the public, provokes substantive discussion about issues of local and statewide importance, and conducts cutting-edge research into key policy areas affecting New Yorkers.


Effective Radio will often discuss ideas developed or advocated by EffectiveNY.  EffectiveNY believes that the people of New York deserve the best state and municipal governments in the nation, and we will not rest  until this mission is accomplished.