Government Performance Online: A new Governor’s Performance website will display agency missions, goals, leadership and performance.
Linking FOIL and Open Data: Figuring out what records the public most wants published.
Lock Box for Dedicated Funds: Dedicated taxes for transit, bridges, roads, and the environment should be spent as promised.
Promoting Open Data: New York government's treasure trove of digital information should be easy for the public to find and use.
NYC Transparency Working Group: Coalition working for open data, Freedom of Information Law, online spending transparency.
Open FOIL: Putting the Freedom of Information Process Online.

Mission

Reinvent Albany works for open, accountable New York State government.

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Watchdog Groups: 421-a Real Estate Subsidy 
is Epicenter of Political Corruption in Albany

May 29, 2015

Coalition of Groups Applaud NYC Board of Elections for New Level of Data Access

May 27, 2015

Groups Applaud End of Automatic Deletion of Emails

May 22, 2015

Groups Call On Cuomo to Lead By Example on Transparency, Issue Executive Order Saving Emails 7 Years

We welcome the announcement from the Governor’s Office that the Governor is ending the automatic deletion of emails after 90 days. Ending the policy is good, and it shows the power the governor has to lead by example to increase transparency. Unfortunately, ending the bad email deletion policy does not restore the years of records that were lost when the governor put the policy in place.

Going forward, our groups call on Governor Cuomo to lead by example on transparency by issuing an Executive Order that requires agencies to save emails for seven years – consistent with the federal “Capstone” policy. The Governor can make New York the leading state on email transparency without legislation. The White House, via the National Archives, will soon begin requiring all federal agencies to save emails for a minimum of seven years – which was done through executive action without Congress.

John Kaehny
Executive Director
Reinvent Albany

Noel Hidalgo
Organizer
BetaNYC

Blair Horner
Legislative Director
NY Public Interest Research Group

David Moore
Executive Director
Participatory Politics Foundation

Dick Dadey
Executive Director
Citizens Union

Susan Lerner
Executive Director
Common Cause NY

Peter Iwanowicz
Executive Director
Environmental Advocates of New York

Dan Estrin
Supervising Attorney
Pace Environmental Law Clinic

Elizabeth Bird
Project Coordinator
Good Jobs NY

Barbara Petersen
President
National FOI Coalition

Paul Gallay
President
Riverkeeper

Veronica Vanterpool
Executive Director
Tri-State Transportation Campaign