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Issue: Business Subsidies Clean Contracting

Support for Bill Authorizing ABO Suspension of Local Authority Board/Staff

Memorandum of Support A.220 (Paulin) / S.1872 (Comrie) Authorizes the Authorities Budget Office (ABO) to suspend local authority board members and executive staff Summary Section 1 of the bill amends section 6 of the Public Authorities Law to authorize the ABO to suspend, for up to 90 days, board members or executive staff of local […]

Watchdogs Commend Senator James Skoufis for Investigation of IDAs

April 9, 2019 James SkoufisChairman of Committee on Investigations and Government Operations 188 State Street, Legislative Office Building, Room 815Albany, NY 12247 Dear Senator Skoufis, Thank you for initiating an investigation into Industrial Development Agencies’ (IDAs) compliance with state oversight laws, ​as reported by Newsday on April 4, 2019​. Our groups have championed greater transparency […]

Reinvent Albany Reacts to NYS Budget

Reaction to NYS Budget Overall Where is the “New Albany?” Key decisions on public financed campaigns and congestion pricing were left to an appointed commission and panels and little was done to curb huge corruption risks. Despite Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office, the state budget passed in the wee […]

Editorial Boards Call for Clean Contracting, Database of Deals, in Budget

Editorials Call for Clean Contracting, Database of Deals in Budget With two days left to finalize the state’s budget, editorial boards are ​again​ amplifying ​the call by watchdogs for Governor Cuomo and the legislature to restore integrity to the state’s contracting process. We call on the Governor and legislature, all of whom supported Clean Contracting […]

Reinvent Albany Commends Court of Appeals Decision Creating Greater Transparency of IDAs and Their Subsidiaries

Reinvent Albany Commends Court of Appeals Decision Creating Greater Transparency of IDAs and Their Subsidiaries IDA Affiliates Will Be Required to File Reports Shedding Light on Their Operations Reiterates Call for Substantial Increase to ABO’s Budget Reinvent Albany praises the New York State Court of Appeals for their decision Thursday requiring subsidiaries of Industrial Development […]

Reinvent Albany Urges State Leaders to Reconcile Clean Contracting Proposals in Budget Bills

Reinvent Albany Urges State Leaders to Reconcile Clean Contracting Proposals in Budget Bills Consensus Will Improve Contract Integrity and Transparency Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate President Stewart-Cousins all support in their budget proposals ​restoring the Comptroller’s pre-audit authority​ to review more contracts before they are executed and ​creating a Database of Deals​ to […]

Statement on Senate and Assembly FY 2019-2020 Budget Resolutions

Statement on One House Budget Bills Clean Contracting, Publicly Financed Elections, Pay-to-Play Restrictions, Ethics/Voting, Legislative FOIL, MTA and Congestion Pricing Glad to See Emerging Consensus on Clean Contracting Priorities We are glad to see the Senate, Assembly and Governor have all supported a Database of Deals to increase transparency of state economic development contracts and […]

Support for Bill Restricting Vendor Campaign Contributions Before Senate Elections Committee

MEMO IN SUPPORT Prohibiting Vendors From Making Campaign Contributions While Seeking a State Contract A.113 (Buchwald)/S.3167 (Myrie) February 26, 2019 TITLE OF BILL Relates to government vendor contributions. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS This bill prohibits companies seeking contracts from making campaign contributions to elected officials with authority over the procuring agency the company seeks a contract […]

Statement on Amazon Deal-Fail: Subsidies Didn’t Matter, So Why is NY Handing Out $10B Year?

Amazon Deal Never About Subsidies NY State and Local Governments Still Handing Out $10B Annually In Business Subsidies For Little Benefit Public Investment Creates Jobs, Not Corporate Handouts Pass Database of Deals and Clean Contracting in Budget Amazon didn’t plan to come to Long Island City, Queens because of $3B in State and City subsidies […]

Groups Call on State’s Leaders To Put Clean Contracting Into Law

Groups Call on State’s Leaders To Put Clean Contracting Into Law Budget Should Include Pre-Audit Agreement With Comptroller And Database Of Deals In Law Good government and fiscal watchdog groups issued a letter to Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie and Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins calling for the state leaders to put the pre-audit agreement with Comptroller DiNapoli […]