Monthly Archives: September 2019

Reinvent Albany Calls for Stronger Ethics Rules for Community Boards at Conflicts of Interest Board Hearing

Reinvent Albany Calls for Stronger Ethics Rules for Community Boards at Conflicts of Interest Board Hearing COIB Finalizing Rules on Community Board Ethics Derived from Past Advisory Opinions At a Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) hearing today on draft rules, ​Reinvent Albany called on COIB to strengthen ethics rules for community boards​. ​Media reports​ and […]

Watchdog Praise for MTA Capital Plan Open Data

Statement Thanking MTA For Publishing 2020-2024 Capital Plan Project List As Open DataReinvent Albany thanks MTA CEO/Chair Foye and MTA staff for publishing a spreadsheet of capital plan projects. This follows Foye’s commitment in April 2019 to revamp the MTA’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Data processes. We welcome this transparency and appreciate this opportunity to […]

Watchdog Analysis Shows Huge Challenge for MTA to Spend Capital Funds in Timely Way

Watchdog Analysis of MTA Capital Plans Shows Spending Funding in Timely Way a Huge Challenge In 2020, MTA Will Have Three or Four Capital Plans Underway, with at Least $25B Left from Old Plans MTA Will Inevitably Need To Choose Which Projects Come First and Last, So Best They Do So Transparently Calls for MTA […]

MTA Plans to Hire 500 New Police Officers Questionable

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board New York City Transit Committee Re: 500 New Police Officers and MTA 2020-2024 Capital Plan September 23, 2019Good 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 […]

Watchdog to Campaign Finance Commission: Public Financing Program Requires an Independent Enforcement Agency

Watchdog to Campaign Finance Commission: Public Financing Program Requires an Independent Enforcement Agency Details Process for Selecting Board Members and Addressing Campaign Finance Violations Reinvent Albany testified today to the Public Campaign Financing Commission with recommendations on how to establish an independent campaign finance agency, including the process for choosing board members and determining if violations […]

Statement on Slideshow Summary of MTA Draft 2020-2024 Capital Plan

Statement on Release of Slideshow Summary of MTA Draft 2020-2024 Capital PlanSeptember 16, 2019 Today, the MTA released an 11-page slideshow partially summarizing the details in its 2020-2024 capital plan. To comply with state law, the MTA will have to hold a vote on the complete draft plan at its September 25th Board meeting, which […]

Reinvent Albany Presents 18 Recommendations to State Public Campaign Financing and Elections Commission

Reinvent Albany Presents 18 Recommendations to State Public Campaign Financing and Elections Commission A Strong Program Will Include Effective Enforcement and Incentives for Candidates to Participate in the Voluntary Program Government watchdog organization Reinvent Albany presented the State’s Public Campaign Financing and Elections Commission with 18 detailed recommendations for establishing a strong public financing system.​ […]

We Endorse This NYPIRG Report on Campaign Finance Reform — Take A Look

Back in 1988, a commission created by Gov. Mario Cuomo called  New York State’s political campaign finance system an “embarrassment” and “disgrace.” Three decades later, not much has changed. Capital Investments, a new report published by the New York Public Interest Research Group, and endorsed by Reinvent Albany was presented in Albany earlier this week. […]