Monthly Archives: February 2019

Watchdog Statement on Cuomo and de Blasio 10-Point MTA Plan

Statement on Cuomo and de Blasio MTA 10-Point Plan Huge Concerns About Many Negative Impacts What Happens to “Fast Forward”? Plan Strips NYC Transit President Andy Byford of Power to Oversee Engineers, Manage Construction, Hire Contractors Another Distraction From $7.3B Cuomo Pledged to MTA 2015-2019 Capital Plan Reinvent Albany has serious concerns about the 10-Point […]

Groups Supports Bill Strengthening Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal Banning Campaign Contributions by Companies Seeking Business with the State

Groups Support Bill Strengthening Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal Banning Campaign Contributions by Companies Seeking Business with the State Senate Elections Committee to Vote on Bill Tuesday Morning Proposal is Part of Larger Effort to Ensure Clean Contracting Reinvent Albany and the League of Women Voters New York State (LWVNYS) today released a memo of support […]

Reinvent Albany Opposes Creation of “Expert Panel” Superseding MTA Board

Reinvent Albany Opposes Creation of “Expert Panel” Superseding MTA Board Governor’s New “Super Board” Would Have Power Over MTA Budget, Capital Plans and Congestion Pricing Tolls Reinvent Albany opposes the proposed 6-person “Mass Transit Expert Panel”, presented in Governor Cuomo’s 30-Day Amendments, and rejects the rationale provided for it in the recent Op-Ed by State […]

Watchdog Groups Oppose Fundamental Change to Appointments, Terms or Composition of NYC Campaign Finance Board, a National Model

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It Watchdog Groups Oppose Fundamental Change to Appointments, Terms or Composition of NYC Campaign Finance Board, a National Model 2019 Charter Revision Commission Is Reviewing Potential Changes​ at Hearing Tonight on Campaign Finance and Election Issues Citizens Union, Common Cause, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and […]

Support for Bill Restricting Vendor Campaign Contributions Before Senate Elections Committee

MEMO IN SUPPORT Prohibiting Vendors From Making Campaign Contributions While Seeking a State Contract A.113 (Buchwald)/S.3167 (Myrie) February 26, 2019 TITLE OF BILL Relates to government vendor contributions. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS This bill prohibits companies seeking contracts from making campaign contributions to elected officials with authority over the procuring agency the company seeks a contract […]

Watchdog to MTA: Move Fiscal Year to Align with State and Open Up Budget Data

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Finance Committee February 25, 2019 Recommendations Move MTA Fiscal Year to Better Align with NYS Budget Release Budget in Open Data 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 […]

More than 20 Public Interest Groups Call On Senate to Hold Public Confirmation Hearings for Forthcoming MTA Appointees

More than 20 public interest groups called upon the State Senate to hold public confirmation hearings for the vacant MTA Board and Chairman/CEO positions. The groups also thanked Senate Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins for the hearings that the Senate is currently conducting on the effectiveness of New York State’s transit systems, ensuring more robust legislative […]

Reinvent Albany Evaluates FOIL Proposals in Executive Budget

Reinvent Albany Evaluates FOIL Proposals in Executive Budget Supports Making State Legislature Subject to FOIL Recommends Removal of “Critical Infrastructure” Provision Reinvent Albany today released ​an analysis​ of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) reforms proposed by Governor Cuomo in his ​Executive Budget Public Protection and General Government bill​, Part BB. Reinvent Albany is a […]

Watchdog to NYS Senate: MTA Openness and Accountability Must Be Addressed to Increase Public Confidence

Testimony of Reinvent Albany NYS Senate Hearing on the Effectiveness of NYS Transit Systems Recommendation: MTA Openness and Accountability Must Addressed Before Governance Changes February 19, 2019 Good morning, my name is Rachael Fauss and I am the Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including for state […]

Statement on Amazon Deal-Fail: Subsidies Didn’t Matter, So Why is NY Handing Out $10B Year?

Amazon Deal Never About Subsidies NY State and Local Governments Still Handing Out $10B Annually In Business Subsidies For Little Benefit Public Investment Creates Jobs, Not Corporate Handouts Pass Database of Deals and Clean Contracting in Budget Amazon didn’t plan to come to Long Island City, Queens because of $3B in State and City subsidies […]

Reinvent Albany Evaluates Campaign Finance Reform Proposals in Executive Budget

Reinvent Albany Evaluates Campaign Finance Reform Proposals in Executive Budget Supports Intent of All Proposals Public Matching System Most Important Reinvent Albany today released a detailed analysis of four campaign finance reforms proposed by Governor Cuomo​ in his ​Executive Budget Good Government and Ethics bill​. We undertook this analysis to help the public and stakeholders […]

Reinvent Albany Evaluates Voting Proposals in Executive Budget

Reinvent Albany Evaluates Voting Proposals in Executive Budget Strongest Support for Online Voter Registration and E-Poll Books; Opposes Misnamed Election Day Holiday Similar Measures to Half of Governor’s Proposals Recently Became Law Reinvent Albany today released a ​detailed analysis​ of 12 voting reforms proposed by Governor Cuomo in his ​Executive Budget Good Government and Ethics […]