2017

New Mario Cuomo Bridge Comes With Some Questions

July 7, 2017. This article discusses Governor Cuomo’s use of a “message of necessity,” which bypasses the three day waiting period between the introduction of a bill and when it can be voted on, in order to rename the Tappan Zee bridge after his father. The assembly previously voted not to pass this proposal. Some, including FPI’s executive director Ron Deutsch, do not view renaming the bridge as a necessity.

Messages are supposed to be reserved for emergencies but are … (read more)

Protecting Young Immigrants Boosts NY Economy

July 7, 2017. This article discusses how the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program but has continued Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). FPI’s, Cyierra Roldan, policy analyst, was quoted discussing the local and state tax contributions that DACA recipients make.  This article discusses how the DACA program is beneficial to all.

“DACA recipients currently pay a total of $1.6 billion to local and state taxes around the country; and currently in New York … (read more)

‘Dysfunctional’ Still Fits New York Legislature to a T

July 6, 2017. This article discusses the decision of the legislature, who chose to ignore ethics reform before the end of their session. The governor, who stated that ethics reform is a priority, is now proposing that a new inspector general could work under his office. Others are upset that the legislature did not approve ethics reform and are not convinced by the governor’s proposal because of the involvement of nine associates of the governor involved in bribery and bid-rigging … (read more)

June 26, 2017: Good Government Advocates

June 26, 2017. FPI’s Executive Director, Ron Deutsch joins Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director for the League of Women Voters of New York State and Blair Horner, Executive Director of NYPIRG on WCNY News to discuss the failure of lawmakers to pass contract procurement and ethic reforms and voting laws.

“It’s been a sad day in Albany. It’s a bad day at the end of the legislative session when nothing gets done on contract reform, on economic development reform and we … (read more)

Is Ethics Reform Dead in Albany?

June 26, 2017. This article discusses the failure of lawmakers to implement ethical reforms that would prevent bid-rigging scandals in economic development contracts. The article discusses how Governor Cuomo is against the contract procurement bill and is proposing to hire a new inspector general who will work under him. Many are not happy with this decision and do not agree with the Governor’s proposal, including FPI’s Executive Director, Ron Deutsch.

Ron Deutsch, with the union backed think tank Fiscal Policy … (read more)

Cuomo Raises Prospect of ‘Faso-Collins Federal Tax’

June 26, 2017. An article featured in the Times Union discusses the proposal of Governor Cuomo’s “Faso-Collins Federal Tax,” which is a $2.3 billion tax added on to local property taxes in New York State in order to offset the costs of Medicaid. The article notes that some do not support this proposal and criticize the governor for not cutting his own budget and deem is as a scheme and suggest that another source of revenue is needed.

Gov. Andrew … (read more)

N.Y. Legislature Ends Session, But Plenty of Work Remains

June 24, 2017. An article in the Saratogian, that quotes FPI’s executive director Ron Deutsch, discussed the failure of the Senate and Assembly to pass a routine school governance extender and reforms to prevent future bid-rigging scandals. They may convene again in the summer to make a decision on education and extending local sales tax.

The Senate and Assembly adjourned for the summer Wednesday without acting on ethics reform, despite a 2016 legislative session that saw former Senate Majority Leader … (read more)

Response from Governor Cuomo, Senate Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie to Largest Bid-Rigging Scandal in State History: NOTHING

Response from Governor Cuomo, Senate Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie to Largest Bid-Rigging Scandal in State History: NOTHING Elected leaders fail to pass common sense reforms to curb sky-high corruption risks revealed in $800m state contracting scandal  

(June 22, 2017, Albany) A coalition of prominent government watchdog groups say Governor Cuomo, Senate Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie have completely failed to address the huge problems revealed by last year’s alleged rigging of $800m in state economic development contracts and that … (read more)

Lack of Reforms at NY Capitol Called ‘Pathetic’

June 22, 2017. An article, featured in Lohud ,discussed Governor Cuomo’s decision not to enact reforms for better transparency when allocating money for economic development programs. Groups called for changes such as a “Database of Deals” and the restoration of power to the state comptroller to review state contracts. The reforms were requested in response bid-rigging scandals.

Legislative leaders and Cuomo failed to find a compromise on how to better review state contracts and job-creation programs amid the arrests last … (read more)

OUR VIEW: Celebrate World Refugee Day Saturday at City Hall

June 16, 2017. An editorial featured in the Observer-Dispatch cited FPI’s and the Center for American Progress’s co-released report, “Refugee Integration in the United States.” The op-ed is not only an invitation to celebrate World Refugee Day with those in Utica, but it also discusses how Utica is a city that refugees have helped rebuild by contributing to the local economy and tax rolls and reversing population decline.

There is little question that refugees are making significant contributions to our … (read more)