Issues: Investigations

Public Hearing: Joint Hearing on NYRA's Finances and viability of thoroughbred racing in New York State

 

In 2008, New York State provided the New York Racing Association (NYRA)

nearly $105 million in funding and forgave nearly $100 million in outstanding debt to enable the

association to emerge from bankruptcy and continue racing operations. After stating in mid-

2009 that it was financially stable, NYRA announced in December that unless a Video Lottery

Terminal (VLT) operator were selected shortly, the association would become insolvent. This

hearing will determine the accuracy of NYRAs declaration and investigate the basis for

February 3, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cut ACORN From The State Funding Tree

New York State is facing a multi-billion dollar deficit.  Families are making hard choices as they cut back during tough economic times.  Certainly the last thing we should be doing is funding questionable organizations.  That’s why I am joining the growing call to freeze all state funds slated to go to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), its sister organization, the New York Agency for Community Affairs (NYACA) and any other organizations that use state funds to contract with ACORN.

September 18, 2009
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Winner: Cuomo Report Allows Agency to Move Forward

Albany, N.Y., September 8–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) welcomed a report today from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that found no evidence of a so-called “rogue” unit of rank-and-file Troopers within the New York State Police that orchestrated political attacks but uncovered, according to the report, “certain troubling situations in which, at the highest levels of the State Police, political considerations played an improper and determinative role.”

September 8, 2009
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State Senators Valesky and Johnson Urge Comptroller to Pull State Pension Funds Over Libyan Terrorist Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--State Senators David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau), incensed over the release and subsequent “hero’s welcome” received by the terrorist convicted of the Pam Am Flight 103 bombings, today sent a letter to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to divest state pension funds from any United Kingdom-based companies that conduct business with Libya.

This call for divestment comes as a result of information suggesting that Scotland's release of  Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was somehow influenced by the desire for United Kingdom-based companies to forge closer economic ties with the Libyan government.

August 27, 2009
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(Times Union of Albany) Johnson: Ferry Report Signals Need for Authority Reform

 

Johnson: ferry report signals need for authority reform

by James M. Odato

Sen. Craig Johnson said his Committee on Investigations and Government Operations’ report on the expensive mistake made by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., which bought a ferry it never used, shows the need for reform of the public authorities.

He also blasted GIPEC for making a “disingenuous apology for the purchase of a rusted and unusable ferry in a debacle that wasted nearly $900,000 in taxpayer funds.”

August 19, 2009
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'It wasn't just the purchase of a lemon, it was the purchase of a jumbo lemon', Sen. Johnson tells Daily News

Senate committee report slams agency that runs Governors Island for buying worn-out ferry

 

BY GLENN BLAIN

DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

Tuesday, August 18th 2009, 4:00 AM

 

Agency that runs Governors Island drew ire for sinking more than $900,000 on this ferry, then selling the useless boat on eBay for $23,600.

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ALBANY - All in all, it was a ferry stupid idea.

 

August 19, 2009
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(NY Daily News Editorial) Ferry poor judgment: Knucklehead Governors Island boss shipwrecks boat buy

Ferry poor judgment: Knucklehead Governors Island boss shipwrecks boat buy

 

Everyone who has been around New York for more than a few minutes knows that purchasing on faith is never a good idea - everyone, it seems, except Leslie Koch.

Possessed of a rare combination of gullibility and cavalier indifference to money, Koch exhibits a steadfast belief in buying virtually sight unseen, no matter how loopy her acquisition patently is.

August 18, 2009
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NY POST: Gov. Is. deal hulluva ferry fia$co

 

By: Brendan Scott

ALBANY – A state Senate panel yesterday called for an overhaul of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp. after the state agency sank nearly $1 million into a dilapidated ferry that it later sold on eBay – for just $23,600.

August 18, 2009
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Senate Investigations Committee: 'Flawed Judgment' Found in Purchase of Governor's Island Ferry

$900K in Taxpayer Funds Wasted

The Governor's Island Preservation and Education Corporation showed “flawed judgment” and ignored available information when it purchased an unusable ferry-- resulting “in a significant waste of taxpayer dollars,” according to a report released today by the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. 

August 17, 2009
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August 17, 2009
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Senate Investigations Committee: 'Flawed Judgment' Found in Purchase of Governor's Island Ferry

 

$900K in Taxpayer Funds Wasted

The Governor's Island Preservation and Education Corporation showed “flawed judgment” and ignored available information when it purchased an unusable ferry-- resulting “in a significant waste of taxpayer dollars,” according to a report released today by the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. 

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Full Hearing Transcript May, 7 2009

August 17, 2009
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SENATOR GOLDEN BLASTS GOVERNOR’S “MONEY FOR NOTHING” PLAN

 

Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today blasted Governor Paterson’s "Back-to-School" program’s lack of transparency and accountability. The Governor’s plan would cost taxpayers approximately $140 million by providing $200 per child to all welfare and food stamp recipient whether they are complying with program requirements.

 

August 11, 2009
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Senator Winner on enacted Senate reforms

Senator Winner and his colleagues, on a bipartisan basis, have enacted far-reaching legislative changes in the Senate -- a move that Senator Winner believes bodes well for the future of government in New York.

July 16, 2009
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Statement By Senate President And Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith & Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson

“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary action. We applaud and congratulate Governor Paterson’s bold decision to appoint Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor and help end the gridlock in the Senate. 

July 8, 2009
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Legislators Propose Nationally Ground-Breaking Performance Standards for New York's Stimulus Investments

Joined by NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group, Legislators Argue New York Should Look Where "Foresight Meets Oversight"

June 17, 2009
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Another Try at Senate Rules Reform

Albany, N.Y.–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), a member of the state Senate’s newly created Committee on Rules and Administration, called again today for the approval of a series of actions he and his colleagues first offered earlier this year to change the way the Senate does business.

June 4, 2009
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Legislative Gazette: Calls for state ethics overhaul increasing

By GREGORY JONESLegislative Gazette Staff WriterTue, May 26, 2009

After releasing a 174-page report on an investigation into leaks of confidential information by former Public Integrity Commission Executive Director Herbert Teitelbaum, Inspector General Joseph Fisch said the appointment of more ethical people to the board would be necessary to fix ongoing problems.

May 29, 2009
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