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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 […]

Testimony to MTA on Transparency for Reorganization and Capital Plans

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board of DirectorsRe: 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 groups, […]

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 […]

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 first With the deadline […]