Monthly Archives: June 2013

Money in Politics in New York: June 25 Edition

Campaign Finance Reform Fails to Clear Senate by Two Votes Last week, New York State legislators failed to pass a campaign finance reform measure that would end Albany’s dysfunction. A bill had passed the Assembly but could not get through the Senate before the end of the legislative session last Sunday. The coalition of Republicans […]

Health Data Liberator Award Goes to Dr. Nirav Shah NYSDOH

Congratulations to Dr. Nirav Shah and the NYS Department of Health for winning the first ever Health Data Liberator Award. The award was given to Dr. Shah at the federal Health Datapalooza IV for the “outstanding accomplishments of the New York State Department of Health.” From the press release: The State of New York’s pioneering […]

“G8” Developed Nations Agree On 5 Point Open Data Charter

At their recent annual summit in Ireland the Group of 8 rich nations — including the United States —  formally agreed that opening up government data is good policy.  The new G8 Open Data Charter sets out five basic  principles for open data. The agreement is incredibly progressive, and clearly states the crucial principal that […]

Statement on Passage of Transit Lockbox II Bill

Statement on passage of Statewide Transit Lockbox Bill S5084-2013/A3837-2013 Albany, New York Reinvent Albany congratulates Assemblyman Jim Brennan(D) and State Senator Marty Golden (R) for winning overwhelming passage of the Statewide Transit Lockbox bill. Congratulations also goes to the large coalition of labor unions, business groups, transit and environmental advocates and good government groups that […]

Money in Politics in New York: June 14 Edition

Governor Cuomo Introduces Campaign Finance Reform Legislation with a Public Financing Option Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced legislation that seeks to enact a system of small donor matching funds for state elections, along with a number of other provisions designed to reduce corruption and special interest influence. The Governor embraced campaign finance reform as a priority in […]

Money in Politics in New York: June 7 Edition

The Independent Democratic Conference Should Bring Fair Elections to the Floor In a Times Union op-ed Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., corporate counsel at the Brennan Center, and Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center, explained how the Senate is at a historic crossroads, with a unique opportunity to usher in an era of transparency and cleaner elections in […]