Issues: Investigations

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 19, 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 10, 2009
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May 7, 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 7, 2009
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Governors Island Ferry Hearing -- Part 1

Senator Craig M. Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, holds a hearing on Governors Island. Part 1 of 4.

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 7, 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 7, 2009
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Serrano and Leaders Call on Governor Paterson to Lead the Nation in "Stimulus Accountability"

Legislators and Watchdogs Call for New York to be the Nation's "Transparency Capital"

(Albany, NY) - A coalition of state elected officials praised Governor Paterson for being a champion of the federal stimulus package today, and strongly urged him to comprehensively address oversight and accountability in stimulus funding.  The state officials were joined by members of the NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group, including Common Cause/New York and NYPIRG.

May 5, 2009
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March 13, 2009
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