Monthly Archives: November 2018

Reinvent Albany Calls for Substantial Pay Raise for State Officials Coupled with Major Restrictions on Outside Income, Lulus and Per Diems

Reinvent Albany recommended a 50 percent pay raise for statewide electeds, lawmakers and agency heads coupled with major restrictions on outside income, lulus and per diems for lawmakers in testimony before the New York State Compensation Committee today. The raise is consistent with the rate of inflation from the last pay hike in 1999, and […]

Reinvent Albany Provides City Council With Sensible Solutions to NYC Election Day Problems

Reinvent Albany Provides City Council With Sensible Solutions to NYC Election Day Problems Fixes Can Be Implemented Without Change to State Law At a City Council hearing today, Reinvent Albany provided numerous solutions to the many problems that surfaced on Election Day in New York City.  All of Reinvent Albany’s recommended fixes can be made without […]

Reinvent Albany Calls on Assembly to Think Big, Pass Comprehensive Voting Reforms at Election Hearing

Reinvent Albany Calls for Online Voter Registration, Same Day Registration, No-Excuse Absentee Voting, and Early Voting at Assembly Elections Hearing Calls for City Board of Elections to Administratively Improve Ballot Design and Retool Operations and Poll Worker Training Reinvent Albany today released comprehensive recommendations at an Assembly Election Law oversight hearing for improving election administration, […]

Testimony to MTA Capital Plan Oversight Committee on 7 Line CBTC Project Delivery

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany To Capital Program Oversight Committee (CPOC) of the MTA Regarding Flushing CBTC Project November 13, 2018 Good afternoon, I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including for state authorities like the MTA. While it is likely a relief […]

Lhota Departure is Opportunity for Ethics Reset and to Depoliticize MT

State Senate Democratic Majority Should Hold Full Confirmation Hearing Before Approving Successor The resignation of Chairman/CEO Joe Lhota gives New York State government an opportunity to bring the MTA’s governance back under the rule of law and to stop accepting blatant conflicts of interest by the head of the MTA or other state authorities. The […]

Watchdog Groups: Dissolve Erie County Water Authority

Watchdog Groups: Dissolve Erie County Water Authority Groups Agree with Buffalo News: Convert Authority to County Agency Prominent watchdog groups back the ​Buffalo News’​ call to convert the Erie County Water Authority to a more accountable county agency. A scorching July 2018 review of the Water Authority by the New York State Authorities Budget Office […]