Issues: Authorities and Commissions

Governor Paterson Signing the Public Authorities Reform Bill

On December 11, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson signed into law, the Public Authorites Reform Bill (S.1537-C/A.2209-C) sponsored by Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

December 21, 2009
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Letter to the New York Times Editor: Eminent Domain

Published: December 20, 2009

To the Editor:

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.

December 21, 2009
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Senator Perkins Announces the Benefits of the Public Authorities Reform Bill

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 21, 2009
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Ira Millstein, Assemblyman Brodsky, Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver, & Senator Perkins

On December 11, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson signed into law, the Public Authorites Reform Bill (S.1537-C/A.2209-C) sponsored by Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

December 21, 2009
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Assemblyman Brodsky, Ira Millstein, & Senator Perkins

On December 11, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson signed into law, the Public Authorites Reform Bill sponsored by Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

December 21, 2009
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Senator Perkins & Assemblyman Brodsky

On December 11, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson signed into law, the Public Authorites Reform Bill sponsored by Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

December 21, 2009
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Letter to Governor Paterson: Eminent Domain

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. 

File: 
Letter to Governor Paterson.pdf

December 8, 2009
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Senator Bill Perkins Press Conference on Eminent Domain

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)

 

December 8, 2009
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Senate Ends "Shadow Governments"

Passes Sweeping Public Authorities Reform

(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.

December 2, 2009
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Senator Squadron Proposes Cost-Savings SLA Technology Upgrade in DRP

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.

November 14, 2009
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2009 Mid Year Report on Receipts and Disbursements

November 5, 2009
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Waterfront Commission Public Hearing 10-19-09 Part 1 of 2

Waterfront Commission Public Hearing 10-19-09 Part 1 of 2

October 23, 2009
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Waterfront Commission Public Hearing 10-19-09 Part 2 of 2

Waterfront Commission Public Hearing 10-19-09 Part 2 of 2

October 23, 2009
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POWERING NEW YORK’S FUTURE: Syracuse/Kingston Roundtables

Senate and Assembly Leaders in Syracuse to Continue Discussion of Low Cost Power for Economic Development Programs

 

October 15, 2009
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GOVERNOR SIGNS GREEN JOBS/GREEN NEW YORK BILL IN SYRACUSE

Program Will Assist Low-Income and Unemployed New Yorkers Train for Green Collar Jobs

Governor Paterson Launches New Website – GreenCareersNY.com – to Match Job Seekers with Green Training Opportunities

October 13, 2009
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POWERING NEW YORK’S FUTURE: Oswego Roundtable

 

Sen. Aubertine Continues Public Discussion of Low Cost Power for Economic Development Programs in Oswego

 

October 6, 2009
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Deal could give New York State power over hundreds of public authorities

Senate Committe on Corporations, Authorites and Commissions Chairman Bill Perkins' and Assembly Committe on Corporations, Authorites and Commissions Chairman Richard Brodsky's leadership in negotiations with Governor Paterson may lead to sweeping reforms of New York State's over 700 public authorities.  

"When David was representing my district as a senator, he stood up on issues like this," Perkins said. "This would be a fulfillment of the things he stood for in past."

October 2, 2009
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September 30, 2009
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