In a September 2015 statement eight groups called for ending the use of state controlled non-profits and the state university system for awarding business subsidies. A year before the indictment of top Cumo aides and important Upstate business leaders, leading transparency and fiscal watchdog groups warned that the state’s use of a mixture of non-profit […]
Today, three CEOs were indicted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for bribing state officials and successfully conspiring to rig bids. Those CEOs own or control companies whose owners and executives are the governor’s largest Upstate campaign contributors. Prior to the indictments, all of their companies received large state construction contracts […]
Close to $2 Billion in public funds in play Today’s sweeping indictments by federal and state prosecutors resoundingly confirm that the state’s use of non-profits and SUNY to award billions in state economic development contracts has created huge and systemic opportunities for corruption. These indictments shine a light on a broken and corrupt system, not […]
By the end of today, the three biggest recipients of state economic development building contracts, plus the governor’s Upstate nano-tech czar and SUNY Poly President, and one of the governor’s closest aides will all be under federal or state indictment in a sprawling bribery and bid rigging scandal that involves close to $2B in state […]
Today, Reinvent Albany, submitted joint testimony with fellow NYC Transparency Working Group member organizations NYPIRG, Citizens Union and Common Cause/NY to the NYC City Council Technology Committee oversight hearing on open data: In addition, TWG members BetaNYC and Jessie Braden of Pratt’s SAVI provided testimony.