Monthly Archives: September 2014

Money in Politics in NY: Sep. 26 Edition

Political Corruption Not Unique to Albany, FBI Director Says On a recent visit to his agency’s Albany field office, FBI Director James Comey said he doesn’t believe that official misconduct is a bigger problem in New York than in other states. The fact that the FBI is doing “lots of public corruption work” in “lots of state […]

Groups Ask Comptroller DiNapoli to Scrutinize Business Tax Credits

Reinvent Albany and seven other transparency and fiscal watchdog groups wrote NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and asked him to increase his scrutiny of the state’s $1.7B in business tax credits. The groups expressed concern about the lack of transparency around how some credits are granted, for instance, the identify of the recipients of $420m […]

Port Authority to Revise Freedom of Information Code

At its September 17, 2014 meeting, the Port Authority board of directors voted to create a new Freedom of Information Code matching either New York or New Jersey and creating a novel, two-tiered, appeal process consisting of a Review Board and third party “dispute resolution provider.” We hope the Port asks for public comment before […]

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: 917-388-9087 , 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 […]

EPA Rejects Raid on Clean Water Funds for New TZ Bridge

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 […]

Money in Politics in NY: Sep. 12 Edition

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 […]

Money in Politics in NY: Sep. 5 Edition

Small Donations Fueled ‘Wide-Open’ Elections Last Year A report by the New York City Campaign Finance Board shows that the city’s 2013 elections were “the most wide-open” since the city’s small-donor matching system was put in place 25 years ago. The report, “By the People: The New York City Campaign Finance Program in the 2013 […]

Does World Anti-Corruption Fight Have Lessons for NY?

A whopping 83% of New York State voters say “government corruption is a very or somewhat serious problem.” The Governor’s Moreland Commission wrote in its December 2013 preliminary report that New York is suffering from an “epidemic of public corruption that has infected this State” and “it is clear already from the Commission’s ongoing investigations, […]