Re “Eminent Domain in New York” (editorial, Dec. 14):
New York’s eminent domain laws are in need of reform. The Empire State Development Corporation’s attempted taking of private property on behalf of Columbia University illustrates how the current process lacks accountability, transparency or meaningful public participation.
On December 11, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson signed into law, the Public Authorites Reform Bill (Chapter 506 of the laws of 2009; S.66012 / A.40012) sponsored by Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. The bill will strengthen the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2005 by creating an Authorities Budget Office, prohibiting the creation of subsidiary authorities without legislative approval (with certain exceptions), making changes to the authority board's governing process, creating a fiduciary duty, enabling the comptroller to approve authority contracts, strengthening the rules on the disposition of public authority property, providing MWBE and creating whistleblower protections.
December 8, 2009Hon. David A. PatersonGovernor, State of New YorkState CapitolAlbany, New York 12224Dear Governor Paterson:I write with a great sense of urgency in respectfully calling upon you to forego an appeal of last week’s decision in Kaur v. New York State Urban Development Corporation, and to order a statewide moratorium on the use of eminent domain within the State of New York pending legislative action.
On December 4, 2009 Senator Perkins announced the Kaur v. New York State Urban Development Corporation decision.
On December 8, 2009 Senator Perkins sent a letter to Governeor Paterson ugring him to order a statewide moratorium on the use of eminent domain within the State of New York pending legislative action. (see below)
(Albany, NY) The State Senate passed sweeping public authorities reform today fundamentally changing the way these authorities—or “shadow governments” as they are often called—operate. The Senate’s plan will place stringent public disclosure and reporting requirements on more than 1,000 public authorities across the state, including the New York Power Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
New Technology Will Spur Long-Term Savings and Efficiency
Squadron: 21st Century SLA Will Better Serve Communities and Small Businesses
New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced today his proposal to reallocate $369,000 in State Liquor Authority (SLA) funding to allow the agency to jumpstart a critical technology upgrade, resulting in significant cost savings and revenue increases for the state, increased transparency, and streamlined processing for liquor license applications.