Government Performance Online: A new Governor’s Performance website will display agency missions, goals, leadership and performance.
Government Innovation: online accountability and transparency initiatives like NY Performs and Open NY.
Lock Box for Dedicated Funds: Dedicated taxes for transit, bridges, roads, and the environment should be spent as promised.
Put NY's Digital Information Online: New York government's treasure trove of digital information should be easy for the public to find and use. UPDATE: See the Open NY data portal.
NYC Transparency Working Group: Coalition working for open data, Freedom of Information Law, online spending transparency.
Open FOIL: an online portal centralizing, streamlining, and updating the most fundamental transparency measure in New York.

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Reinvent Albany Commends EPA Ruling Rejecting Clean Water Funds for TZ Bridge Construction

September 16, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: 917-388-9087 , info@reinventalbany.org

September 16, 2014

Reinvent Albany, an advocacy group that works for government transparency and fiscal accountability, applauds EPA Region 2’s decision to reject the use of $481 million in Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans for the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (New NY Bridge.)

As part of a coalition of groups, Reinvent Albany has petitioned the state Thruway Authority and Environmental Facilities Corporation to use the water quality funds for their intended purpose, which is to improve waste water treatment and other projects which directly improve water quality.

EPA Rejects Raid on Clean Water Funds for New TZ Bridge

September 16, 2014

In June, Reinvent Albany joined a coalition of environmental and sustainable transportation advocacy groups who oppose using $511m in state and federal clean water loans for construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. In a series of letters, the coalition asked the boards of the State Thruway Authority and the state Environmental Facilities Corporation not to take funds from the EFC’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which are intended for water quality protection and waste water treatment. Today, the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 office rejected the diversion of $481m of these dedicated clean water funds, while approving $29.1m. The clean water funds are a mixture of federal grants and repaid clean water loans, and state officials have contested EPA’s authority over the funds. Below is EPA’s letter to the state Thruway and EFC.

EPA Decision on Tappan Zee Loans

Money in Politics in NY: Sep. 12 Edition

September 12, 2014

Reposted with permission from The Brennan Center. Money in Politics is a series which regularly compiles the latest news concerning the corrosive nature of money in New York State politics — and the ongoing need for public financing and robust campaign finance reform.

Despite Federal Indictments, State Senators Win Primaries

Three New York Senators – Thomas Libous, John Sampson, and Malcolm Smith – entered the primary election on Tuesday facing federal criminal charges. Despite these legal troubles, both Libous and Sampson managed to win their races by safe margins – 28 points and25 points respectively. Smith, on the other hand, lost by more than 50 percentage points in a landslide. While it remains to be seen whether Libous and Sampson will win in the general election this November, the primary this week showed that the presence of pending criminal charges can be is not necessarily a death knell for New York legislators seeking reelection. Gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr Teachout made Albany corruption a primary campaign issue and garnered 34 percent of the vote, the highest of any primary challenge to a sitting governor since primaries were instituted in 1970. Read more…