Monthly Archives: May 2012

AG Schneiderman Launches NY Open Government Website

Reinvent Albany and other open government advocates welcomed today’s launch of  the “New York Open Government,” website by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The site is an updated version of the Project Sunlight site created in 2007 by then AG Andrew Cuomo. provides the public with downloadable information on campaign contributions, lobbying, and state contracts. […]

Reinvent Albany’s Testimony at the Information Revolution Hearing

The first broad idea is that the most successful technology initiatives “align” the interests of a government agency and the public. For instance, the best government websites are the ones used by government and the public. Both groups demand continuous improvement from the site. (Yes, websites are the basic information platform for the foreseeable future.) […]

Tuesday, May 22: “Implications of the Information Revolution for New York State Government.”

And now  for something new and completely different, the NYS Assembly is holding a hearing on the Information Revolution and state government.  The hearing is  webcast live from Albany starting at 11am.  The hearing notice raises numerous excellent questions. Congratulations to the Committee Chairs Englebright, Hevesi and Latimer. We hope this  is the first among […]

Money in Politics in New York: Week of May 18th

1. WYNC touts the findings from the new joint report by the Brennan Center and the Campaign Finance Institute, Donor Diversity Through Public Matching Funds. A significantly greater number of small donors contributed to campaigns in New York City, which matches donations of less than $175 at a six-to-one ratio, than contributed to state-level elections, […]

Money in Politics in New York: Week of May 4th

1. State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries reiterated his strong support for public campaign finance in an interview on MSNBC this week, urging fellow state lawmakers to pass the Fair Elections Act before the end of the legislative session. Jeffries noted that Gov. Cuomo’s backing will be crucial to the success of the Fair Elections Act: “We […]

Money in Politics for the Week of April 30th

1. In a radio interview this week, Gov. Cuomo renewed the call for statewide campaign finance reform, decrying the corrosive effect that super PACs and high contribution limits continue to have on electoral politics in Albany. “The power of money in the Capitol is unbelievable,” Gov. Cuomo said. Cuomo has pledged to implement a public […]