Monthly Archives: January 2016

Groups Call on the Port Authority to Take Additional Steps Towards Budget Transparency

This week, members of the New York City Transparency Working Group sent a letter to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey thanking them for publishing their budget online in a machine-readable format. Our letter also asked that they take additional steps concerning budget transparency. Senior officials responded to our letter immediately and said […]

Groups Call for Three Major State Ethics Reforms

The letter below was sent to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, Senate Coalition Leader Klein, Senate Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Assembly Minority Leader Kolb. A PDF version of the letter is available here. Dear Governor Cuomo: We write to applaud the reform proposals included in your executive budget plan and to offer […]

Open NY Quarterly Updates Report on State Open Data Progress

New York State’s Open NY open data initiative continues to make great progress. Open data advocates note that Governor Cuomo’s open data initiative published its January quarterly update on the state’s open data portal last week. The Open NY team remain committed to supporting the new open data culture within state government. The quarterly public updates help maintain momentum and […]

Extending FOIL to the NY State Legislature: Modest Burden, Modest Value

Summary Reinvent Albany supports expanding the NY State Freedom of Information Law to the New York State legislature. Twenty-three state legislatures are already subject to their state FOI laws, as are local legislatures in New York, including the NYC City Council. Based on the experience of these state legislatures, and local legislatures in NY State, […]

Call to Close LLC Loophole: It is legal Bribery

  Reinvent Albany joined civic groups, Brooklyn Democrat Senator Dan Squadron and Manhattan Democrat Brian Kavanagh and dozens of other state legislators in calling for the closure of the infamous “LLC Loophole.” This bizarre legal loophole allows essentially unlimited contributions to state political campaigns by allowing people to make contributions via an unlimited number of […]

Blair Horner: Will Albany Open Up In 2016?

Originally published by WAMC Northeast Public Radio. 2015 was a bad year for openness at the state Capitol. It ended with Governor Cuomo vetoing two bills which had been supported by the Committee on Open Government. The Committee is a widely-respected state agency created in the 1970s to offer an independent judgment on New York’s […]