Monthly Archives: July 2019

Reinvent Albany Calls for Greater Transparency of Ethics Enforcement Actions at Conflicts of Interest Board’s Hearing

Reinvent Albany Calls for Greater Transparency of Ethics Enforcement Actions at Conflicts of Interest Board’s Hearing COIB Promulgating Rules on Enforcement of City Ethics Laws At a Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) hearing today on draft rules, ​Reinvent Albany testified​ in favor of the Board providing greater transparency on its ethics enforcement actions in its […]

Watchdog Testimony to MTA: Vote No on Disorganization Plan

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board of Directors Vote No on MTA “Disorganization” Plan July 24, 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. Two days ago, Reinvent Albany, Riders Alliance, […]

Council Bill A Step Back From 2016 Law Requiring More Transparency For City-Affiliated Nonprofits

Statement on City Council Passage of Int. 1272-A Council Bill A Step Back From 2016 Law Requiring More Transparency For City-Affiliated Nonprofits Concern Over Special Interests Giving Money to City-Affiliated Nonprofits to Gain Influence Int. 1272-A​ passed by the City Council today will result in less disclosure of donors to city-affiliated nonprofits like the Police […]

Testimony to LIRR Committee on Belmont, AirTrain

Testimony of Reinvent Albany To LIRR Committee of the MTA Regarding Belmont and AirTrain Projects July 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 Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). We are here to express concern […]

Groups to MTA Board: Vote No on “Disorganization” Plan

Riders Alliance • Reinvent Albany TransitCenter • Transportation Alternatives Tri-State Transportation Campaign MTA Board Should Vote NO on “Disorganization” Plan Rushed Plan Blurs Accountability, Creates Complicated New Bureaucracy Board, Elected Officials and Public Stakeholders Given One Week to Review Historic Changes to Single Largest Part of State Government Transit and government watchdog groups called on […]

Fair Elections Statement on Public Financing Commission Appointments: One Step Closer to Getting Big Money Out of Politics

(Reinvent Albany is a member of the Fair Elections campaign (https://fairelectionsny.org/)  and contributed the two reports cited below.) Fair Elections Campaign Praises Commission’s Appointment, Urges Transparency, Public Process and Model Reforms Albany July 3, 2019– Today, the Governor, Senate and Assembly finally appointed commissioners to the Public Financing Commission. In response, the Fair Elections Campaign […]

Groups Repeat Call for MTA Reorganization Plan to be Publicly Released

Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee, Regional Plan Association, Reinvent Albany, Riders Alliance, Straphangers Campaign, StreetsPAC, TransitCenter, Transportation Alternatives, Tri-State Transportation CampaignAfter June 30th Deadline Passes, Groups Repeat Call for MTA Reorganization Plan to be Publicly Released Report should be posted online today, followed by public hearings. In light of reporting that the AlixPartners MTA plan recommends […]