Monthly Archives: July 2014

Money in Politics in NY: July 25 Edition

New York Times Investigation Sheds Light on Moreland Commission’s Operations According to an extensive investigation by the New York Times, the office of Governor Cuomo allegedly tried to control the operations of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, by steering its investigations away from groups that were politically connected to the governor. For example, when commission […]

D.C. Puts FOI Online Following New Open Gov Order

Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, D.C. issued a sweeping “Transparency, Open Government, and Open Data” executive order earlier this week. Under the order, agencies will be required to use a new centralized FOIL system, proactively publish whole categories (data sets, presumably of frequently-requested records) online, and make their data available in open formats. Civ Source […]

Reinvent MTA Transparency

In a series of letters and meetings over the last two years, Reinvent Albany and our colleagues in the NYC Transparency Working Group have been pushing the MTA to become more transparent through a slew of specific recommendations. Yesterday, Reinvent Albany asked the newly convened MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission (TRC), to recommend to the MTA […]

Public Authorities Complaint Against Environmental Facilities Corporation

Reinvent Albany and other environmental and good government groups lodged a formal complaint against the Environmental Facilities Corporation today. The complaint asks the Authorities Budget Office to investigate the State Environmental Facilities Corporation for potential violations of the Public Authorities Reform Act it engaged in while fast tracking the approval of a $256m loan for […]

Five Questions from Times-Union About Clean Water Raid

Reinvent Albany is part of a coalition of environmental and good government groups that opposes Governor Cuomo’s attempt to use State Clean Water State Revolving Fund money to pay for the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge. ( Reinvent Albany is involved as part of our ongoing advocacy to keep dedicated funds spent for […]

Editorials Blast Cuomo Raid on Clean Water Funds

Governor Cuomo’s recent efforts to use $511 million in Clean Water funds to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge has been blasted in seven newspaper editorials, as well as by a coalition of environmental and good government groups that includes Reinvent Albany.  The low and zero interest Clean Water State Revolving Fund financing was created […]

Money in Politics in NY: Jul. 11 Edition

State Sen. Libous Facing Charges of Lying to Prosecutors New York State Senator Thomas Libous, a 13-term incumbent representing Binghamton, was arraigned in federal court last Tuesday for allegedly making false statements to the FBI. Federal prosecutors claim that Libous lied about using his influence as a state senator to boost his son’s salary at […]

NYS Open Data Making Solid Progress

Sometimes, something as seemingly routine as publishing a government quarterly important are important.  Open data advocates were happy to see that Governor Cuomo’s Open NY, open data initiative, recently published its July quarterly update on the state’s open data portal, data.ny.gov. The Open NY team is working to establish, and sustain, a new open data […]