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Transit Groups: MTA Must Publish Start Dates for 2020-24 Capital Plan

Transit Groups Ask MTA Capital Program Review Board to Work With MTAto Publish Basic Information About 2020-2024 Capital Plan When Will Projects Get Started and In What Order? In an October 10 letter, transit watchdog groups Reinvent Albany, TransitCenter, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC), Riders Alliance and Tri-State Transportation Campaign […]

Good Government Groups to Public Financing Commission: Release Interim Bill Draft

For Immediate Release October 7, 2019 Good Government Groups to Public Financing Commission: Release Interim Bill Draft Groups Call For An Opportunity to Review Recommendations Before They Become Law Albany,  NY – Six good government groups today released a public letter to the public financing commission, urging it to release an interim version of the […]

October Reminder: Capital Program Review Board Must Follow Open Meetings Law

17 Groups Already Wrote Letter in August to Governor, Legislative Leaders and Mayor Sharing Open Government Opinion that CPRB Must Meet Publicly Government Board Appointed by Governor, Mayor, and Legislative Leaders Will Vote on $51B+ MTA Capital Plan The MTA’s more than $51B capital plan must be approved in the coming months by the Capital Program […]

Yes! Say Transit Groups to Governor Cuomo’s Call for Legislative Leaders and Mayor to Join Him Personally At Public MTA Capital Program Review Board Meeting

Reinvent Albany • NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC) Riders Alliance • TransitCenter Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement Transit watchdog and advocacy groups strongly support Governor Cuomo’s proposal that he, legislative leaders and the mayor of New York City all represent themselves on the MTA Capital Program Review Board (CPRB). The groups […]

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.​ […]