Monthly Archives: August 2019

Groups Ask Campaign Finance Commission to Focus on Public Financing, Not Get Distracted by Fusion Voting

August 27, 2019 New York State Public Campaign Financing And Election Commission Commissioner Henry Berger Commissioner Mylan Denerstein Commissioner Kimberly Galvin Commissioner DeNora Getachew Commissioner Jay Jacobs Commissioner John Nonna Commissioner David Previte Commissioner Crystal Rodriguez Commissioner Rosanna Vargas Re: Concern over the reports that the Commission is considering an unrelated issue. Dear Commissioners: We […]

“Where’s the MTA Capital Plan?” Public Kept in Dark on 2020-2024 Plan

Where’s the 2020-2024 MTA Capital Plan? One of Most Secretive Processes Since Capital Plans Began in 1982 Review of Past Plans Shows 2019 Process is Unlike Any Other Year, Diverges from Transparency Norms August 2019 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board is slated to vote on the 2020-2024 capital plan on September 25th. Capital plans […]

Letter from 18 Groups Asking for Transparency of MTA Funded “Member Items”

American Institute of Architects NY (AIA NY) Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) • Citizens Budget Commission Citizens Committee for New York City • Citizens Union of the City of New York Common Cause/NY • CUNY Institute for Urban Systems League of Women Voters of the City […]

RA Statement on Comptroller-Governor MOU Restoring Comptroller’s Pre-Audit Authority

Statement on Restoration of Comptroller’s Pre-Audit Authority A Clear Step Forward: Increases Public Accountability, Reduces Corruption Risk Credit to Governor Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli for Reaching Agreement Ideally Voluntary Agreement Becomes Law Next Session We appreciate Governor Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli finalizing this agreement to restore the Comptroller’s “pre-audit” review of SUNY, CUNY, their Construction […]

MTA Need to Release 20-Year Needs, Draft Capital Plan Now – Testimony

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board Regarding Transparency of Capital Plan Information August 16, 2019 Recommendation: Release 20-Year Needs, Draft Capital Plan Now Good afternoon, 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. […]

Highlights, Lowlights and Questions on AlixPartners MTA “Financial Review”

Reinvent Albany Preliminary Analysis of AlixPartners MTA “Financial Review” Review Contains Superficial Analysis of Ethics, Conflicts of Interest Issues Cites Draft 2020-2024 Capital Plan Which Public Has Not Seen The AlixPartners “Financial Review” released today contains 158 pages of findings and recommendations. Reinvent Albany is still reviewing the report, but notes the following preliminary observations: […]

Groups call for MTA Capital Program Review Board to Follow Open Meetings Law

Seventeen Groups Call on MTA Capital Program Review Board to Follow Open Meetings Law Groups Cite Committee on Open Government Opinion That CPRB Must Meet Publicly Secretive Government Board Appointed by Governor, Mayor, and Legislative Leaders Approves Ten of Billions in MTA Spending A group of 17 organizations representing transportation advocates, government watchdogs and others […]

Basic Public Disclosure Needed on Belmont Park Redevelopment Project

Reinvent Albany Comments on Final Environmental Impact Statement Basic Public Disclosure Needed on Belmont Park Redevelopment Project August 1, 2019 Reinvent Albany advocates for transparent and accountable New York government. We are a leading voice for sensible and transparent economic development subsidies and for more accountable public authorities, including Empire State Development (ESD). We have […]