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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 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 […]

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.​ […]

We Endorse This NYPIRG Report on Campaign Finance Reform — Take A Look

Back in 1988, a commission created by Gov. Mario Cuomo called  New York State’s political campaign finance system an “embarrassment” and “disgrace.” Three decades later, not much has changed. Capital Investments, a new report published by the New York Public Interest Research Group, and endorsed by Reinvent Albany was presented in Albany earlier this week. […]

Groups Ask Campaign Finance Commission to Focus on Public Financing, Not Get Distracted by Fusion Voting

August 27, 2019 New York State Public Campaign Financing And Election Commission Commissioner Henry Berger Commissioner Mylan Denerstein Commissioner Kimberly Galvin Commissioner DeNora Getachew Commissioner Jay Jacobs Commissioner John Nonna Commissioner David Previte Commissioner Crystal Rodriguez Commissioner Rosanna Vargas Re: Concern over the reports that the Commission is considering an unrelated issue. Dear Commissioners: We […]

RA Statement on Comptroller-Governor MOU Restoring Comptroller’s Pre-Audit Authority

Statement on Restoration of Comptroller’s Pre-Audit Authority A Clear Step Forward: Increases Public Accountability, Reduces Corruption Risk Credit to Governor Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli for Reaching Agreement Ideally Voluntary Agreement Becomes Law Next Session We appreciate Governor Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli finalizing this agreement to restore the Comptroller’s “pre-audit” review of SUNY, CUNY, their Construction […]

Reinvent Albany Calls for Greater Transparency of Ethics Enforcement Actions at Conflicts of Interest Board’s Hearing

Reinvent Albany Calls for Greater Transparency of Ethics Enforcement Actions at Conflicts of Interest Board’s Hearing COIB Promulgating Rules on Enforcement of City Ethics Laws At a Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) hearing today on draft rules, ​Reinvent Albany testified​ in favor of the Board providing greater transparency on its ethics enforcement actions in its […]

Council Bill A Step Back From 2016 Law Requiring More Transparency For City-Affiliated Nonprofits

Statement on City Council Passage of Int. 1272-A Council Bill A Step Back From 2016 Law Requiring More Transparency For City-Affiliated Nonprofits Concern Over Special Interests Giving Money to City-Affiliated Nonprofits to Gain Influence Int. 1272-A​ passed by the City Council today will result in less disclosure of donors to city-affiliated nonprofits like the Police […]

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 […]