Monthly Archives: March 2019

Editorial Boards Call for Clean Contracting, Database of Deals, in Budget

Editorials Call for Clean Contracting, Database of Deals in Budget With two days left to finalize the state’s budget, editorial boards are ​again​ amplifying ​the call by watchdogs for Governor Cuomo and the legislature to restore integrity to the state’s contracting process. We call on the Governor and legislature, all of whom supported Clean Contracting […]

Comparison of Cost Estimates for the Public Financing of Elections

Cost Estimates of Public Financing of Elections Two significantly different estimates of the cost of a state public financing program were offered to the New York State Senate Elections Committee at its March 20th hearing. This memorandum explains the two cost estimates and why the higher estimate is less reliable. The lower estimate comes from […]

Watchdog Testimony Flags Non-Competitive MTA Reorganization Contract, Supports Moving Fiscal Year

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Finance Committee March 25, 2019 Recommendations Comply with Competitive Bidding Requirements – Including for hiring Reorganization Consultant. Move MTA Fiscal Year to Better Align with NYS Budget. Good afternoon. I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state […]

Reinvent Albany Commends Court of Appeals Decision Creating Greater Transparency of IDAs and Their Subsidiaries

Reinvent Albany Commends Court of Appeals Decision Creating Greater Transparency of IDAs and Their Subsidiaries IDA Affiliates Will Be Required to File Reports Shedding Light on Their Operations Reiterates Call for Substantial Increase to ABO’s Budget Reinvent Albany praises the New York State Court of Appeals for their decision Thursday requiring subsidiaries of Industrial Development […]

Reinvent Albany Urges State Leaders to Reconcile Clean Contracting Proposals in Budget Bills

Reinvent Albany Urges State Leaders to Reconcile Clean Contracting Proposals in Budget Bills Consensus Will Improve Contract Integrity and Transparency Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate President Stewart-Cousins all support in their budget proposals ​restoring the Comptroller’s pre-audit authority​ to review more contracts before they are executed and ​creating a Database of Deals​ to […]

Reinvent Albany Releases Analysis of MTA Budget Proposals from Governor, Senate and Assembly

Reinvent Albany Releases Analysis of MTA Budget Proposals from Governor, Senate and Assembly MTA Governance Changes Proposed by Governor Rejected by the Legislature in One-House Bills Now is the Time to Focus on Congestion Pricing and Sustainable Funding for MTA The State Assembly and Senate’s one-house budget proposals passed yesterday have largely rejected the Governor’s proposals […]

Statement on Senate and Assembly FY 2019-2020 Budget Resolutions

Statement on One House Budget Bills Clean Contracting, Publicly Financed Elections, Pay-to-Play Restrictions, Ethics/Voting, Legislative FOIL, MTA and Congestion Pricing Glad to See Emerging Consensus on Clean Contracting Priorities We are glad to see the Senate, Assembly and Governor have all supported a Database of Deals to increase transparency of state economic development contracts and […]

Fair Elections for New York Responds to Speaker Heastie’s Comments on Public Financing in State Budget

Reinvent Albany is a member of the Fair Elections for New York coalition of 200 plus organizations advocating for a state public campaign finance and small donor matching program similar to New York City and Connecticut. The coalition put out the following statement today: For Immediate Release: March 8, 2019 Contact: press@fairelectionsny.org Fair Elections for New York […]

The Threat to Byford’s Fast Forward and Other Major Flaws in Cuomo-De Blasio MTA ‘Reform’ Plan

Op-Ed originally published in Gotham Gazette by Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst My organization, Reinvent Albany, strongly supports congestion pricing and new revenue for the MTA, but we believe the MTA’s biggest organizational problem is the Governor’s endless political meddling and sidelining of the MTA’s and New York City Transit’s (NYCT) professional staff. We hope […]

Reinvent Albany Supports Passage of Voter Friendly Ballot Act

Reinvent Albany Supports Passage of Voter Friendly Ballot Act Long-Awaited Reform Will Make Ballots More Readable and Reduce Voter Errors Reinvent Albany supports the Voter Friendly Ballot Act, which is poised to pass both houses imminently. The Assembly has already passed the bill – for the 8th year in a row – and the Senate […]