Issues: Investigations

Public Hearing: Reforming Medicaid – Investigating Current Strategies Targeting Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair: Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing: Reforming Medicaid – Investigating Current Strategies Targeting Waste, Fraud and AbusePlace: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Kent Sopris (518) 455-2622Media Contact: Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 17, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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SENATOR KLEIN ANNOUNCES TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY

(ALBANY, NY) - Demonstrating their commitment to developing a fiscally responsible budget, the Senate Majority Conference announced the formation of a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the twelve-member task force will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 1, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Room 814 LOB

March 2, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Room 814 LOB

The Committee will consider the nomination of James H. Tully, Jr. for the position of Chairman and President of the Tax Appeals Tribunal. The nominee will be present at the meeting.

 

February 23, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Committee Meeting: Investigations and Government Operations Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations Senator Craig Johnson, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Room 814 LOB

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February 9, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Senate to Hold Hearing on NYRA's Fiscal Health

Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations and Senator Eric Adams (D-Prospect Heights), Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, will be holding a joint hearing on the fiscal condition of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and how thoroughbred racing in New York compares to other states.  

February 2, 2010
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Senator Johnson to Hold NYRA Hearing in Elmont

ELMONT, N.Y. -- Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, announced he will be holding a hearing on the condition of the New York Racing Association's finances, its threat to hurt the local economy by canceling the Belmont Stakes, and how NYRA used a $105 million taxpayer-funded bailout. 

January 18, 2010
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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 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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(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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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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