Issues: Investigations

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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Governor's Island Report

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Appendix H part 1

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Appendix I

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Full Hearing Transcript May, 7 2009

August 16, 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 28, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Passes Senate; Brings Redevelopment To Distressed Communities

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate unanimously passed today a vitally important economic stimulus and community revitalization program: the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-B/Valesky).  

May 27, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Good Government Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky; Bill Prohibits State Agencies from Making Loans to Employees

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.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Expanding Individual Access to State Records Signed into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Governor of New York today signed into law new legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will allow individuals to request record covered by the Personal Privacy Protection Law through electronic mail.  Until now, a written request had to be submitted by an individual to receive information the state may maintain about that person. 

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Legislation, Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky, that Requires Greater Transparency for Public Authority

 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.

May 21, 2009
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New York State Inspector General Joseph Fisch Speaks Before the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations.

New York State Inspector General Joseph Fisch Speaks Before the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

May 18, 2009
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New York Post: GOVS IS. BOAT FERRY SILLY BUY

 By RICH CALDER

May 10, 2009 --

State pols have launched an investigation into a Governors Island redevelopment team's $500,000 purchase of an aging ferry with taxpayer dollars that was recently sold off on eBay for just $23,600 because it was so dilapidated it was not worth fixing.

May 9, 2009
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May 7, 2009
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Governors Island Ferry Hearing -- Part 2

Senator Craig M. Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, holds a hearing on Governors Island. Part 2 of 4.

May 6, 2009
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Governors Island Ferry Hearing -- Part 3

Senator Craig M. Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, holds a hearing on Governors Island. Part 3 of 4.

May 6, 2009
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Governors Island Ferry Hearing -- Part 4

Senator Craig M. Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, holds a hearing on Governors Island. Part 4 of 4.

May 6, 2009
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