Monthly Archives: April 2019

After Long Campaign By Watchdogs, City Publishes Lobbying Information as Open Data

After Long Campaign By Watchdogs, City Publishes Lobbying Information as Open Data Reveals Detailed Lobbying Activity in Filings Going Back 5 Years Makes NYC Leader in Lobbying Transparency New York City Clerk’s Office has published the dataset underlying its lobbying database for the first time​, revealing detailed lobbying activity reported bimonthly by lobbyists dating back […]

Watchdog Testimony to MTA on Non-Competitive Reorganization Plan Contract

Reinvent Albany testified to the MTA Finance Committee on a contract that was labeled “competitive” despite not abiding by the requirements for competitive bidding under law. The MTA staff has since stated that they will be correcting the record. To view the testimony, please click here.

Reinvent Albany Supports Raising Public Match Cap for Campaign Contributions in NYC

Testimony to the City Council Committee on Governmental Operations in Support of Int. 732-A April 15, 2019 Good afternoon, Chair Cabrera. My name is Tom Speaker, and I am a Policy Analyst at Reinvent Albany. Reinvent Albany is a watchdog organization that advocates for open and accountable government in New York. Reinvent Albany strongly supports […]

The Devilish Details of Albany’s MTA Budget Package

Op-Ed originally posted in Gotham Gazette by Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst My organization, Reinvent Albany, applauds Governor Cuomo and the legislature for passing congestion pricing in the state budget. Yet we are concerned about it being undermined by boundless exemptions for politically powerful interest groups, and a proliferation of other new structures and requirements […]

Watchdog Praises MTA CEO’s Pledge to Revamp FOIL and Open Data Processes

Group Presents Extensive Recommendations for MTA TransparencyTransparency watchdog group Reinvent Albany praised today’s pledge by MTA CEO/Chair Pat Foye to revamp the MTA’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Data processes as a first step towards increasing transparency and accountability at the state’s biggest authority. “We thank CEO/Chair Pat Foye for pledging to substantially […]

Support for Bill Authorizing ABO Suspension of Local Authority Board/Staff

Memorandum of Support A.220 (Paulin) / S.1872 (Comrie) Authorizes the Authorities Budget Office (ABO) to suspend local authority board members and executive staff Summary Section 1 of the bill amends section 6 of the Public Authorities Law to authorize the ABO to suspend, for up to 90 days, board members or executive staff of local […]

Watchdogs Commend Senator James Skoufis for Investigation of IDAs

April 9, 2019 James SkoufisChairman of Committee on Investigations and Government Operations 188 State Street, Legislative Office Building, Room 815Albany, NY 12247 Dear Senator Skoufis, Thank you for initiating an investigation into Industrial Development Agencies’ (IDAs) compliance with state oversight laws, ​as reported by Newsday on April 4, 2019​. Our groups have championed greater transparency […]

Holding Better State Senate MTA Confirmation Hearings

April 5, 2019 Andrea Stewart-CousinsTemporary President and Majority Leader New York State SenateRoom 907, Legislative Office Building Albany, NY 12247 Re: Conducting Meaningful Public Hearings for MTA Vacancies Dear Leader Stewart-Cousins, We write today to follow up on our February letter (attached), co-signed by 20 other organizations, asking you and your colleagues to conduct meaningful […]

Reinvent Albany Reacts to NYS Budget

Reaction to NYS Budget Overall Where is the “New Albany?” Key decisions on public financed campaigns and congestion pricing were left to an appointed commission and panels and little was done to curb huge corruption risks. Despite Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office, the state budget passed in the wee […]