Monthly Archives: January 2019

Reinvent Albany Evaluates Ethics Proposals in Executive Budget

Reinvent Albany Evaluates Ethics Proposals in Executive Budget Supports 7 of 10 Proposals and Recommends Amendments; Opposes 3 Governor’s Proposals Do Not Tackle Systemic JCOPE Problems Reinvent Albany today released a ​detailed analysis​ of 10 ethics measures proposed by Governor Cuomo in his ​Executive Budget Good Government and Ethics bill​. Governor Cuomo has said he […]

Watchdog Group: State Law Says MTA Board Should Vote on L Train Plan

Statement on L Train Tunnel Repair Decision State Law Says MTA Board Is the “MTA” Board Should Vote on L Train Tunnel Plan – A “Major Decision” Governor Misusing MTA June 2017 Disaster Declaration – Must Be Ended Ignoring the Law Invites Chaos and a Loss of Confidence in the MTA as an Institution We […]

Praise For Clean Government Measures Proposed by Governor Cuomo

Praise For Clean Government Measures Proposed by Governor Cuomo Governor Has Opened Door for Major Clean Contracting and Campaign Finance Reforms Reinvent Albany appreciates the Governor reaching an agreement with State Comptroller DiNapoli which appears to restore Comptroller oversight over certain SUNY, CUNY, SUNY Research Foundation and Office of General Services (OGS) centralized contracts in […]

Transit Advocates Respond to Governor Cuomo’s FY20 Executive Budget Proposal

A group of advocates for better public transit, including the Riders Alliance, New York League of Conservation Voters, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Reinvent Albany, StreetsPAC, TransitCenter, and Tri-State Transportation Campaign, released the following statement:   “Millions of transit riders are counting on the governor and legislature to fix our subways and buses with a new, dependable […]

Reinvent Albany Issues Memo of Support for Monday’s Democracy Package

MEMO OF SUPPORT LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRACY INITIATIVES January 11, 2019 Early Voting – ​A.780 (Lavine)​/S.1102 (Myrie) No-Excuse Absentee Voting – A.778 (Vanel)/​S.1049 (Comrie) Same-Day Registration – A.777 (Carroll)/​S.1048 (Gianaris) Consolidated Primary – ​A.779 (Lavine)​/S.1103 (Stewart-Cousins) Pre-Registration for Minors – ​A.774 (Lavine)​/S.1100 (Carlucci) Universal Transfer of Registration – ​A.775 (Dinowitz)​/S.1099 (Carlucci) LLC Loophole – ​A.776 (Simon)​/S.1101 (Kavanagh) […]

NYS Committee on Open Government 2018 Annual Report

We thank the Committee on Open Government and their Executive Director Bob Freeman for sending us a copy of the agency’s 2018 Annual Report, which is not yet on their website.  “COOG” is the division of the NY State Department of State created to educate state and local government officials about Freedom of Information and Open […]

Belmont Redevelopment’s Cost to Taxpayers Remains as Clear as Mud

Reinvent Albany submitted the following formal comments to Empire Statement Development (ESD) on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in advance of hearings in Long Island on the Belmont Park Redevelopment Project. We believe the DEIS has failed to answer basic questions and that it remains clear as mud how much state taxpayers will have […]

Watchdogs To Governor: Keep Your Campaign Promises To Create Database Of Deals And Prohibit Vendor Campaign Contributions

WATCHDOGS TO GOVERNOR: KEEP YOUR CAMPAIGN PROMISES TO CREATE DATABASE OF DEALS AND PROHIBIT VENDOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS After Biggest Bid-Rigging Scandal in State History, Governor and Legislature Must Act on Clean Contracting in 2019 Despite the conviction of top aides and campaign contributors to the Governor for rigging more than $1B in state economic contracts, […]