RICHARD L. BRODSKY BILL PERKINSChairman, Chairman,Corporations, Authorities and Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Commission422 Legislative Office Building 817 Legislative Office BuildingAlbany, NY 12248 Albany, NY 12247 (518) 455-5753 (518) 455-2441
For Immediate Release: Sunday, August 16, 2009
For Information Contact: Chris Valens at (845) 820-1807,Cordell Cleare at (646) 326-6601
Brodsky, Perkins, and Advocates Urge Governor to Sign Long-Awaited Authorities Reform Bill
Senator Bill Perkins (D-Harlem) and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester) joined reform advocates to urge Governor Paterson to sign an authorities reform package passed by both houses of the legislature. An authority is a public agency that operates with minimal oversight. The legislation would impose transparency and accountability. The Governor threatened a veto.
Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), urged Governor Paterson to sign landmark legislation that will bring unprecedented scrutiny and accountability to New York's authority system.
“These shadow governments that have access to literally billions of taxpayer dollars and currently have the ability to take on new debt with minimal oversight,” Senator Johnson said. “Every year we see new examples of fiscal mismanagement, abuse, and outright scandal that directly stem from the free reign and lack of public accountability that these entities operate under.”
S. 2653-C HUNTLEY Same as A. 6361-C Rivera P HUNTLEY Amd SS1676 & 1680, Pub Auth L Relates to the construction and financing of facilities by the dormitory authority for the Alliance of Long Island Agencies, Inc
“As chairs of our respective committees, this morning we met with Jay Walder, the Governor’s nominee to head the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Mr. Walder’s background certainly demonstrates his acumen for managing large-scale public transportation authorities. We were pleased to have the opportunity to speak with him on his past accomplishments and if confirmed, how he would proceed to foster a new, fiscally-sound and transparent MTA that both improves upon service and restores public trust and confidence.
As Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities & Commissions, and in the interest of promoting a greater amount of transparency and accountability, I have provided the voting records for my committee.
Passes grants program for small-scale food processing facilities putting people to work, utilizing NYS products in recipes. (Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate has passed S3594, legislation that promotes the development of small businesses, particularly those in distressed communities, by enabling small-scale food processors to apply for funding from the Empire State Economic Development Fund.
(New York, NY)-In a packed Higgins Hall at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a standing room only crowd, State Senator Bill Perkins, Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions held the first ever Senate hearing on the Atlantic Yards project.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on May 12, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would prohibit state agencies from making personal loans to employees.
The bill is the latest in a series of bills focused on good government and providing transparency and increased access to citizens.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on April 21, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would require the Canal Corporation to better inform the public about parcels it puts up for sale.
Subject: The Atlantic Yards deal is a $4 billion project that Forest City Ratner proposes to build in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Preliminary designs for the complex were drawn by world-famous architect Frank Gehry. In addition to a stadium, slated to be the future home of the New Jersey Nets, the project will also have office space, retail space, and many apartments, some for “low income” families. The Empire State Development Corporation is the primary state authority driving this project.