Monthly Archives: May 2019

Memo in Support for Bill Clarifying How Agencies Should Administer FOIL

    Memorandum of Support A.119-A (Buchwald) / S.2643-A (Lanza) Title Relates to accessing records under the freedom of information law including notification procedures and the release of names of natural persons and residential addresses. Summary Section 1 of the bill clarifies that lists of natural persons and their residential addresses cannot be disclosed under […]

Reorganizing the MTA with a Transparent, Public Process

Op-Ed as originally published in Gotham Gazette by Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst In advance of the MTA Board meeting taking place today (Wednesday, May 22), Reinvent Albany and ten other groups including Riders Alliance, TransitCenter, Regional Plan Association, and others sent a letter asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to make sure that the […]

Testimony to MTA Board on Reorganizing with a Public, Transparent Process

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board of Directors Re: Reorganize the MTA with a Transparent, Public Process May 22, 2019 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 like the MTA. I am here to […]

Memo in Support for FOIL Bill on Release of Law Enforcement Records Related to Judicial Proceedings

MEMO IN SUPPORT Clarifies Provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and Civil Rights Law Related to Disclosure of Law Enforcement Records During Judicial Proceedings A.3939(Englebright)/S.5496(Skoufis) May 20, 2019 TITLE OF BILL An act​ to amend the public officers law, in relation to requiring a particularized and specific justification for denial of access to records […]

Groups Call for Transparent, Public MTA Reorganization Process

Rider and Watchdog Groups Call for a Transparent, Public MTA Reorganization Process MTA and Governor Should Consult With Public Well Before Decisions are Made Plans and Analysis Must be Released Publicly As Soon As Possible MTA stakeholder groups – rider and environmental advocates, and watchdog groups – sent a letter today to MTA CEO/Chairman Pat […]

Watchdog Testimony to MTA Audit Committee on IT Outsourcing Trap

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Audit Committee May 20, 2019 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 like the MTA. We have a special interest in using technology to foster open government, and have […]

Groups Urge New York to Replace JCOPE, LEC, and Add Ethics Measure To State Constitution

Campbell Public Affairs Institute, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University Carey Institute for Government Reform, Wagner College Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, Columbia Law School Citizens Union New York City Bar Association Committee to Reform the State Constitution Common Cause/New York League of Women Voters of the State of New […]

Mayor De Blasio Will Not Be Penalized For Apparent CONY Fundraising Violations

Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) Implies Mayor de Blasio Will Not Be Penalized for Apparent CONY Fundraising Violations Mayor Off The Hook Because COIB Never Published Rules 2018 Law Now Requires Rules for Advisory Opinions The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) issued a statement yesterday that indirectly explains why the ethics board […]

Press Release: “Emergency” MTA Board Meeting on Overtime is Theater to Deflect Attention from Governor’s Authority

May 10, 2019 press release on emergency board meeting on overtime   Watchdog Again Points Out: Governor Cuomo Controls MTA Management The MTA Board Does Not Group Calls “Emergency” MTA Board Meeting on Overtime: “Theater To Deflect Attention From Governor’s Ultimate Authority Over MTA” MTA management controls and tracks overtime Today at 4pm, the MTA […]

18 Steps to Increase Transparency at the MTA and Help Restore Public Trust

Op-Ed originally published in Gotham Gazette By Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst, and John Kaehny, Executive Director In recent weeks, Pat Foye, the new CEO/Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has twice publicly committed to improving the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and open data processes at the MTA. This is welcome news and […]