Monthly Archives: December 2018

Analysis: Just Over Half of NYS REDC Awards Are Actual State Grants Versus Potential Tax Abatements, Tax-Free Bond Borrowing

Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced $763.1m in State funding awarded through the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council process. Of this, $422m is direct state grants to localities, non-profits and businesses were announced. (About $21 per New Yorker.)  The State’s ten REDCs are essentially a publicity framework for the governor to award dozens of small […]

Reinvent Albany Backs Council Bill to Implement Campaign Finance Reforms on 2018 Ballot Immediately for Special Elections, Including Upcoming Race for Public Advocate

Reforms Will Enable Candidates to Raise More Funds from Small Donors Reinvent Albany supported legislation at a City Council hearing today putting into effect campaign finance reforms passed by voters in November for special elections, including the upcoming race for Public Advocate to fill the pending vacancy created by Tish James’ election to NYS Attorney […]

Testimony on MTA Ethics Policy Adoption to Governance Committee

Testimony of Tom Speaker, Reinvent Albany To Governance Committee of the MTA Regarding MTA Conflicts of Interest Policies December 10, 2018 Good afternoon, I am Tom Speaker, a Policy Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government – including for state authorities like the MTA. I am here to ask you […]

Reinvent Albany Backs Pay Committee’s Move to Limit Outside Income and Restrict Stipends

Reinvent Albany Backs Compensation Committee’s Move to Limit Outside Income and Curtail Stipends While Increasing Pay for State Electeds and Agency Heads Reinvent Albany supports the NYS Compensation Committee‘s decision to restrict outside income and limit stipends while giving elected officials and agency heads a substantial pay increase.  The Committee’s decision largely follows recommendations Reinvent Albany made […]

MTA Board Asked to Vote on Banning New CEO’s Outside Income, Conflicts of Interest

For Immediate Release December 5, 2018 In July, Watchdog Groups Asked MTA Board to Ban Outside Income for the CEO/Chair and Eliminate Conflicts of Interest On Monday, December 10, the Governance Committee will Vote on a Revised MTA Code of Ethics Will the Board Act to Restore Trust in MTA? Reinvent Albany again calls upon the […]

A Simple First Step to Help the MTA Re-Establish Credibility

Op-Ed originally published in Gotham Gazette The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is teetering on financial collapse and still struggling to overcome a meltdown in subway service and collapse in bus ridership. No one doubts that the MTA has serious problems and riders are suffering. But before the State Legislature approves tens of billions of new […]

Testimony to NYC Council on MTA Reform for Fast Forward Plan Hearing

Testimony to the City Council Committee on Transportation Regarding Oversight of the MTA Fast Forward Plan December 4, 2018 Reinvent Albany is a government watchdog organization which advocates for open and accountable government, including for state authorities like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). With support from TransitCenter, we are preparing a series of reports and […]

Reinvent Albany Calls for Major Oversight and Reforms to City-Affiliated Nonprofits

Reinvent Albany recommended comprehensive reforms to the countless city-affiliated nonprofits in testimony to the City Council today.   City-affiliated nonprofits, including the now defunct Campaign for One New York (CONY) and the Mayor’s Fund, have been criticized in recent years for receiving very large contributions from donors doing business with the city. Government-affiliated nonprofits have […]

Reinvent Albany Urges MTA Board To Adopt “Open Budget”

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before Finance Committee of the MTA Regarding Transparency of Budget Information December 3, 2018 Recommendation: Please put budget online in open data format. Good morning I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government — including for state authorities […]