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Transit Advocates Respond to Governor Cuomo’s FY20 Executive Budget Proposal

A group of advocates for better public transit, including the Riders Alliance, New York League of Conservation Voters, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Reinvent Albany, StreetsPAC, TransitCenter, and Tri-State Transportation Campaign, released the following statement:   “Millions of transit riders are counting on the governor and legislature to fix our subways and buses with a new, dependable […]

NYS Committee on Open Government 2018 Annual Report

We thank the Committee on Open Government, and their Executive Director Bob Freeman for sending us a copy of the agency’s 2018 Annual Report, which is not yet on their website.  “COOG” is the division of the NY State Department of State created to educate state and local government officials about Freedom of Information and […]

Belmont Redevelopment’s Cost to Taxpayers Remains as Clear as Mud

Reinvent Albany submitted the following formal comments to Empire Statement Development (ESD) on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in advance of hearings in Long Island on the Belmont Park Redevelopment Project. We believe the DEIS has failed to answer basic questions and that it remains clear as mud how much state taxpayers will have […]

Analysis: Just Over Half of NYS REDC Awards Are Actual State Grants Versus Potential Tax Abatements, Tax-Free Bond Borrowing

Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced $763.1m in State funding awarded through the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council process. Of this, $422m is direct state grants to localities, non-profits and businesses were announced. (About $21 per New Yorker.)  The State’s ten REDCs are essentially a publicity framework for the governor to award dozens of small […]