CORRUPTION BURNS… AND LEAVES A NASTY SCAR, TOO

Ramapo residents are paying the price for a crime they did not commit as the town once again considers selling preserved land and residential homes. An audit of town finances discovered that Ramapo has amassed a debt of $8 million, much of which was incurred during former Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence’s rocky tenure. St. Lawrence was convicted of 20 corruption-related … Read More

MTA’S LATEST UNDERGROUND PROJECT IS LIKE PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG

The MTA has proven time and time again they can’t be trusted to spend taxpayer dollars wisely or efficiently. Their $30 million backsplash project is yet another example of mismanagement and wastefulness. Rather than allocating the money to desperately needed subway repairs, the MTA opted to stripe two city tunnels in the state’s blue-and-gold color scheme. That’s right – the … Read More

DEAN SKELOS AND SON CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION… AGAIN

A Manhattan federal jury found Former State Senate leader and Long Island power broker Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, guilty on eight counts each of conspiracy, extortion and bribery this past Tuesday. Skelos was accused of abusing his power in Albany to strong-arm a real estate company, a malpractice insurer, and a Nassau County contractor into giving his son over … Read More

5 Things to Know: Nassau’s Finances

Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman released his first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) at the beginning of July, which prefaces County Executive Laura Curran’s first executive budget proposal this fall. We read it, identifying the five most important things, so you don’t have to. 1) Nassau County is finally using legal accounting standards   The County Comptroller has made the … Read More

5 Things to Know: The Comptroller’s State Budget Report

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli just released his report on New York State’s finances, including a review of the budget passed this March. We read it, identifying the five most important things, so you don’t have to. 1) The Comptroller is the state’s financial referee While the Executive and Legislative branch might paint rosier or cloudier pictures of the … Read More

BUFFALO BILLION PROJECTS NOT LIVING UP TO GOVERNMENT PROMISES

Six years after Albany announced the Buffalo Billion economic development program, the city is riddled with incomplete projects and suffers from a stagnant job market. The state has invested nearly $1.5 billion in Buffalo so far, receiving an additional $500 million last year as part of a “Phase II.” But a new report from the New York Times reveals that … Read More

After Parade of Witnesses, Prosecutors Expected to Rest Case in Buffalo Billion Trial

Prosecutors’ star witness, Former LPCiminelli executive Kevin Schuler, wrapped up his testimony last week in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial. Schuler maintained that LPCiminelli was favored by former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros in the bidding of the state’s Buffalo Billion development project. Emails were once again a central topic of discussion, as Justin Ellard, a special agent with the … Read More

PROSECUTORS’ STAR WITNESS TAKES THE STAND IN BUFFALO BILLION CORRUPTION TRIAL

Former LPCiminelli executive Kevin Schuler, whom prosecutors have named their “star witness,” took the stand in the corruption trial of former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros. Schuler testified that LPCiminelli was “in the driver’s seat” when it came to a bid for the state’s Buffalo Billion construction project, as Kaloyeros agreed to “fine-tune” the offer to fit the firm’s qualifications. … Read More

Albany’s 2017-2018 Legislative Session: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Albany’s legislative session came to a disappointing end last week. New Yorkers are struggling to make ends meet, get to work on time, and even trust their government. Meanwhile, legislators spent time crafting proposals so ridiculous they’re laughable. Check out Reclaim’s breakdown of this year’s legislative session: The Good During state budget negotiations, lawmakers removed the internet sales tax expansion. … Read More

RECLAIM NEW YORK ISSUES FOIL REQUEST FOR HATE-FILLED STATEMENT BY ULSTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE HEIN

Statement from Reclaim New York Executive Director Brandon Muir: “Ulster County lawmakers are considering a proposal to impose term limits on elected officials. Instead of welcoming a substantive conversation about reform, County Executive Mike Hein issued an overtly political statement targeting Reclaim New York to stifle citizen action. Hein’s statement was riddled with inaccuracies regarding Reclaim’s founding and mission. Spewing … Read More