Monthly Archives: June 2019

Testimony to MTA on Transparency for Reorganization and Capital Plans

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board of Directors Re: Transparency Needed on Reorganization and Capital Plans June 26, 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. Reinvent Albany and five other […]

Joint Statement on Pressing MTA Issues

New York City Transit Riders Council NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign Riders Alliance Reinvent Albany TransitCenter Tri-State Transportation CampaignStatement on Pressing MTA issues Our groups have watched the swirl of activity around the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) with great interest. We remain extremely concerned about the financial health and general welfare of the MTA and would like […]

Albany “Big Ugly” End of Session Antics Includes Steps Backward for MTA Accountability

The “Big Ugly” is what Albany insiders call the hodge podge of items passed with little review in the wee hours of the last night of the legislative session. This year’s Big Ugly included two changes to MTA management and governance that decrease accountability and transparency. 1. The Legislature agreed to the Governor’s proposal to […]

Reinvent Albany Supports 3 Bills Before City Council Strengthening Campaign Finance Laws

Reinvent Albany Supports 3 Bills Before City Council Strengthening Campaign Finance Laws Bills Will: 1) Restrict Felons from Receiving Public Matching Funds 2) Ease Qualifying Thresholds for Candidates 3) Extend Doing Business Contribution Limits Reinvent Albany backed three bills heard by the New York City Council Governmental Operations committee today​ further strengthening the city’s campaign […]

Watchdog Statement on Nomination of Robert Mujica to MTA Board

Statement on Nomination of Budget Director Rob Mujica to MTA BoardRob Mujica is a smart, capable budget director, but he’s not a reasonable candidate for the MTA Board. Mujica is not a resident of the MTA area, as a long-standing law requires. He already serves on 28 public authority boards other than MTA. Plus, under […]

Groups call for Open MTA Reorganization Process

New York League of Conservation Voters / Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA / Pratt Center for Community Development / Tri-State Transportation Campaign / TransitCenter / Regional Plan Association / Reinvent Albany / Riders Alliance / Straphangers Campaign / StreetsPAC Advocates call for an MTA reorganization plan that puts riders firstWith the deadline for […]

The MTA is Fiscally Exhausted

Op-Ed as Originally Published in Gotham Gazette By Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst with John Kaehny, Executive Director We call it the distraction circus. Donald Trump’s advisor, Steve Bannon, called it “flooding the zone with sh*t” to befuddle the news media and critics. Whatever you call it, the endless kerfuffle Governor Cuomo is stirring around […]

Reinvent Albany Supports Bill Increasing Public Matching Funds for Small Campaign Contributions

Support for Passage of City Council Bill Increasing Public Matching Funds For Small Campaign Contributions Int. No. 732-B acts on Campaign Finance Board recommendations to raise cap on matching funds, further empowering small donors Reinvent Albany supports ​Int. 732-B​ (Kallos), which will enable candidates to receive more public matching funds for small campaign contributions. The […]

Watchdog Calls on Governor, Legislative Leaders to Keep MTA Residency Requirements

For Immediate Release Watchdog Asks Governor, Legislative Leaders to Keep MTA Board Residency RequirementsCurrent Law Ensures Appointees Have Firsthand Experience of MTA Services and Dedicated Taxes Changes to Law Must be Considered through Regular Legislative Process Reinvent Albany today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, Senate Temporary President Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, […]