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Issue: Open Govt Freedom of Information

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 […]

October Reminder: Capital Program Review Board Must Follow Open Meetings Law

17 Groups Already Wrote Letter in August to Governor, Legislative Leaders and Mayor Sharing Open Government Opinion that CPRB Must Meet Publicly Government Board Appointed by Governor, Mayor, and Legislative Leaders Will Vote on $51B+ MTA Capital Plan The MTA’s more than $51B capital plan must be approved in the coming months by the Capital Program […]

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 Praise for MTA Capital Plan Open Data

Statement Thanking MTA For Publishing 2020-2024 Capital Plan Project List As Open DataReinvent Albany thanks MTA CEO/Chair Foye and MTA staff for publishing a spreadsheet of capital plan projects. This follows Foye’s commitment in April 2019 to revamp the MTA’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Data processes. We welcome this transparency and appreciate this opportunity to […]

Memo in Support for Bill Clarifying How Agencies Should Administer FOIL

    Memorandum of Support A.119-A (Buchwald) / S.2643-A (Lanza) Title Relates to accessing records under the freedom of information law including notification procedures and the release of names of natural persons and residential addresses. Summary Section 1 of the bill clarifies that lists of natural persons and their residential addresses cannot be disclosed under […]

Memo in Support for FOIL Bill on Release of Law Enforcement Records Related to Judicial Proceedings

MEMO IN SUPPORT Clarifies Provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and Civil Rights Law Related to Disclosure of Law Enforcement Records During Judicial Proceedings A.3939(Englebright)/S.5496(Skoufis) May 20, 2019 TITLE OF BILL An act​ to amend the public officers law, in relation to requiring a particularized and specific justification for denial of access to records […]

“Open MTA” — 50 Things NY Can Do Now To Renew Public Trust in MTA

Watchdog Calls for “Open MTA”Mega-Report Spells Out 50 Actions New York Can Take to Renew Public Trust in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority “For its own good, the MTA must act like a public transit agency, not the CIA” Watchdog group Reinvent Albany published Open MTA, a comprehensive 170-page report that makes specific recommendations for improving […]

After Long Campaign By Watchdogs, City Publishes Lobbying Information as Open Data

After Long Campaign By Watchdogs, City Publishes Lobbying Information as Open Data Reveals Detailed Lobbying Activity in Filings Going Back 5 Years Makes NYC Leader in Lobbying Transparency New York City Clerk’s Office has published the dataset underlying its lobbying database for the first time​, revealing detailed lobbying activity reported bimonthly by lobbyists dating back […]

Watchdog Praises MTA CEO’s Pledge to Revamp FOIL and Open Data Processes

Group Presents Extensive Recommendations for MTA TransparencyTransparency watchdog group Reinvent Albany praised today’s pledge by MTA CEO/Chair Pat Foye to revamp the MTA’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Data processes as a first step towards increasing transparency and accountability at the state’s biggest authority. “We thank CEO/Chair Pat Foye for pledging to substantially […]