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20 Groups Urge MTA to Appoint Traffic Mobility Review Board, Have Open Meetings

Twenty Groups Urge MTA Board to Promptly Appoint Traffic Mobility Review Board and Ensure it Follows Open Meetings Law Recommendations are Due After November 15, 2020, One Year From Today Twenty groups representing rider, watchdog and industry groups today sent a letter to the MTA Board urging it to promptly appoint the Traffic Mobility Review […]

MTA Must Make Fact-Based Decisions on Debarment, Policing and Capital Plan

Testimony of Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board November 14, 2019 Good morning. I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including authorities like the MTA. We are concerned that the MTA, once respected for its technical expertise, is making significant decisions based on “feelings,” […]

Legislature Must Provide Ongoing Oversight of MTA Capital Spending

Testimony of Reinvent Albany NYS Joint Legislative Hearing on the MTA 2020-2024 Capital Plan Re: Need for Ongoing Legislative of Oversight of $88B in Approved MTA Capital Plan Spending November 12, 2019 Good morning, my name is Rachael Fauss, and I am the Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and […]

Reinvent Albany Supports Doing-Business Restrictions Discussed by Public Financing Commission

Reinvent Albany Supports Doing-Business Restrictions Discussed by Public Financing Commission Watchdog Group Responds to Commission’s Deliberations at Meeting in Buffalo Reinvent Albany called on the Public Financing Commission to establish dramatically lower contribution limits for donors doing business with the state in a letter sent in response to the Commission’s public meeting in Buffalo last […]

Watchdog to Commission: Create Independent Campaign Finance Board and Agency Outside the BOE

Reinvent Albany Calls on Commission to Move Campaign Finance Administration and Enforcement to Separate Agency Outside of NYS Board of Elections Agrees With SBOE Testimony on Some Compliance Unit Reforms Responding to testimony from the Board of Elections on October 22nd, Reinvent Albany sent a letter to the Public Financing and Elections Commission today asking […]

Fair Elections Says Public Financing Commission is Creating a Weak Public Matching Program and Must Reverse Course

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ​Monday, October 28, 2019 Contact: ​press@fairelectionsny.org Fair Elections Campaign to Commission: Don’t Create Weak, Unworkable Public Financing Program 200+ Group Coalition Calls on Commission to Reverse Course to Create “Model for Nation” Program that Amplifies the Voice of Everyday New Yorkers Buffalo, NY – Concerned that a series of preliminary decisions by […]

Watchdog Groups Urge Governor and Legislature to Limit Lawmakers’ Outside Income During 2020 Legislative Session

Watchdog Groups Urge Governor and Legislature to Limit Lawmakers’ Outside Income During 2020 Legislative Session Restrictions Will Reduce Corruption Risk After Courts Reject Pay Commission Authority Government watchdog groups Reinvent Albany, Citizens Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters New York State, and the New York Public Interest Research Group sent a letter today to […]

Watchdog Thanks MTA For Budget Transparency Website

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board Re: Praise for MTA Release of Budget Information in Open Data October 23, 2019Good morning. I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including state authorities like the MTA. We would like to thank the […]

Testimony to MTA Finance Committee on Increasing Police Force

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Finance CommitteeRe: MTA must show how it will fund increasing the size of the MTA police force by 581 officers October 21, 2019 Good afternoon. I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including state authorities […]

Taxpayers Should Not Subsidize Large Contributions in Public Financing System

Public Financing Commission Must Further Lower Contribution Limits for Candidates Large Contributions Should Not Be Subsidized With Taxpayer Money Reinvent Albany called on the Public Financing and Elections Commission to further lower candidate contribution limits in a ​letter​ sent to its members today. The Commission discussed significantly lowering contribution limits in a public meeting on […]

Watchdogs Ask MTA to Show How it Will Pay for Increasing Police Force by 581

Watchdog Groups Call on MTA to Show How it Will Fund Cost of Increasing Size of MTA Police Force By 581 New Police OfficersConcern that Spending More on Police Will Reduce Ability of MTA to Maintain High Levels of Transit Service In a letter to the MTA Board, budget and transit watchdogs Reinvent Albany, Citizens […]

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 […]