NY Governmental and Non-Governmental Reports

 Utica Urban Renewal Agency Review Report OR-2015-01

Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 04/04/2016
Author: Authority Budget Office


IDA Procurement Review: Competitive Selection Practices GR-2016-01
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 04/04/2016
Author: Authority Budget Office

Review of Public Complaint – Economic Development Corporation Warren County PC-2016-01
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 07/01/2008
Author: Authority Budget Office

2009 Annual Report on Public Authorities in New York State
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 07/01/2009
Author: Authority Budget Office
2010 Annual Report on Public Authorities in New York State
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 07/01/2010
Author: Authority Budget Office
Albany Water Board/Finance Authority: More Public Authorities Out of Control
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/28/2005
Author: Office of NYS Comptroller Press Release
An Affordable Debt Policy for New York State and New York City
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 10/18/2000
Author: Citizens Budget Commission
Addresses the debt problem in New York State and New York City.
Annual Performance Report on New York State’s Industrial Development Agencies (FY ending 2008)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 05/01/2010
Author: Office of the New York State Comptroller
Authorities Budget Office: Operational Review
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 02/01/2013
Author: Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Authority Budget Office Policy Guidance: Board Member Training
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/01/2006
Author: New York Authority Budget Office
In this policy guidance document, the Authority Budget Office outlines the training requirements and best practices for state and local public authority boards, including the timeframes for board member training, the board members who are required to receive training, board member training that meets this requirement, and the need for refresher training. The policy guide also outlines procedures for an organization to become a state approved trainer.
Authority Budget Office Policy Guidance: Independence of Board Members
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 03/01/2007
Author: New York Authority Budget Office
In this policy guidance document, the Authority Budget Office outlines the importance of establishing and preserving the independence of public authority board members.
Authority Budget Office Policy Guidance: Understanding Corporate Governance Concepts
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 10/01/2006
Author: New York Authority Budget Office
In this policy guidance document, the Authority Budget Office emphasizes the importance of accountability and integrity, ethical behavior, accurate and transparent reporting, and objective reviews of financial practices. The policy guide lists specific tenets relating to transparency, fiduciary duty, board independence and accountability, and separate oversight and management functions.
Can Public Authorities Just Get Things Done? An Analysis of Politically Buffered Institutions in a Contentious Policy Arena
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 02/05/2009
Author: Bourdeaux, Carolyn
Citizens Budget Commission, New York’s Public Authorities: Promoting Accountability and Taming Debt (2006)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Civic Report No. 5: Debt and New York’s Public Authorities: Borrowing Like There’s No Tomorrow
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 01/01/1998
Author: William J. Stern & Edwin Rubenstein, Manhattan Inst.
This report asks: “Who is to blame for this staggering load of debt and the threat that it poses to the state’s economic health? The chief culprits are all-too-familiar: New York’s ever-expanding public authorities and the politicians and interest groups in Albany who benefit from their profligate ways.”
Debt & New York’s Public Authorities: Borrowing Like There’s No Tomorrow
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Manhattan Institute Civil Report No. 5, January 1998
Debt Affordability Study
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 11/30/2005
Examines the problem of debt in New York State.
Draft Interim Report of the Public Authorities Governance Advisory Committee
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 06/24/2004
This interim report includes historical information, a description of the Public Authorities Advisory Committee, model governance principles for authorities, and the committee’s suggestions regarding board members, disclosure and transparency, auditing, independence, governance, and training.
Final Report on the New York State Thruway Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 02/12/2010
Author: New York State Inspector General Joseph Fisch
Financial Outlook for the Health and Hospitals Corporation
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 02/28/2005
The thirteenth report examining the March 2005 financial status of The Health and Hospitals Corporation of New York City.
Financial Outlook for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 07/31/2007
Overview of the August 2007 financial status of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City. Includes estimates for the future budget.
Financial Outlook for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 08/31/2006
Overview of the September 2006 financial status of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
Financial Outlook for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 04/30/2006
Examines the May 2006 financial status of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City.
Financial Outlook for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 08/31/2005
Sixth report that examines the September 2005 financial status of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City.
Financial Outlook for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 04/30/2005
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
First report examining the May 2005 financial status of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City.
Financial Outlook for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 01/31/2005
The tenth report examining the February 2005 financial status of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City.
Governor’s Task Force on the Implementation of the 2009 Public Authorities Reform Act
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Ira M. Millstein, Chair
Governor’s Task Force on the Implementation of the 2009 Public Authorities Reform Act 10 (2010)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Hearing on Public Authority and Public Benefit Corporation Reform
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 03/11/1994
Author: New York State Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
This pdf includes testimony on public authority reforms from H. Carl McCall, then-New York State Comptroller, Barry M. Shulman, then counsel to the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority, Peter E. Stangl, then Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Stanley Brezenoff, then Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Hearing on Public Authority and Public Benefit Corporation Reform
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 05/03/1994
Author: New York State Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
This pdf includes testimony on public authority reforms from Michael C. Ascher, then president of MTA Bridges and Tunnels (formerly the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority), Peter Lukas, president of the Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association, Dr. Vinh Cam, then president of the Council of Asian Americans in Government, Damaso Seda, then president of Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union, Robert Di Nubila, the president of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Superior Officers Benevolent Association, S. David Freenman, then president and CEO of the New York Power Authority, and John H. Shafer, then executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority.
Industrial Development Agencies in New York State, Background, Issues, and Recommendations
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 04/30/2006
Overview of Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) in New York State.
Industrial Development Agencies in New York State: Background, Issues and Recommendations
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 05/01/2006
Author: OSC Division of Local Government Services & Economic Development
Industrial Development Agencies Project Evaluation Criteria and Monitoring Efforts
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 11/30/2003
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Audits the accountability of Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) in New York State.
Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs)
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Good Jobs First
This article discusses the basics of industrial revenue bonds, which are often used by public authorities to provide financing for private businesses.
Investigation of the Battery Park City Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 11/01/2010
Author: New York State Inspector General Joseph Fisch
Long Island Power Authority, Considerations for Rate Setting
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 11/30/2005
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Examines the rate increase in electricity costs in Long Island, New York and whether or not the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is functioning properly.
Long Island Power Authority, Efforts to Measure and Influence Public Opinion
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 06/30/2003
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Overview of the Long Island Power Authority contracting procedures, polling, and surveying practices. Includes recommendations for improvement.
Long Island Power Authority, Review of Budget Procedures
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 12/31/2003
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Examines the budget and spending practices of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and provides recommendations for improvement.
Long Island Power Authority, Summer 2006 LIPA Bills
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 05/31/2006
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) raised the electricity costs for residents on Long Island, New York. This report examines the cost increase, usage increase, and mitigation plan.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Proposed 2008-2013 Capital Program
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 02/29/2008
Addresses the capital program proposed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City for 2008-2013.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, An Examination of the Finances of the MTA
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 03/31/2003
Examines the April 2003 financial status of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City. Includes recommendations for improved accountability.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Review of the Financial Plan for the MTA
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 11/30/2003
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Evaluates the financial plan, budget and spending practices of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Review of the Proposed Financial Plan and Capital Program for the MTA
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/30/2004
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Examines the October 2004 financial status and budget of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City and proposes a financial plan and capital program.
Millions at Risk
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: New York State Senate Committee on Investigations and Taxation
Municipal Use of Local Development Corporations and Other Private Entities: Background, Issues and Recommendations
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 04/14/2011
Author: New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
New York’s counties, cities, towns, and villages frequently utilize local development corporations (LDCs) and other private entities for economic development and other activities. These LDCs and similar private entities are exempt from many of the constitutional and statutory provisions that guide the operations and financial transactions conducted by local governments.The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) currently does not have direct authority to audit LDCs or most other private entities, even when these entities are controlled by a local government. However, in instances where a local government has a financial relationship with an LDC or other private organization, OSC can initiate an audit of the local government itself and examine the financial relationship in that way. Through these types of audits, OSC has identified a number of transactions in which LDCs have been used primarily to avoid constitutional or statutory provisions that apply to local government operations and/or finances.The extent to which LDCs and similar entities are used for improper or inappropriate activities has been difficult to determine. Therefore, Comptroller DiNapoli is advancing a reform agenda that would give OSC direct audit authority over LDCs and other private organizations controlled by one or more local governments, and would limit the ability of local governments to circumvent the law by utilizing LDCs and other private organizations to finance the operations or capital assets of the local government.
N.Y. Office of the State Comptroller, New York’s Public Authorities by the Numbers (2010)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
N.Y. State Auths. Budget Office, Annual Report on Public Authorities in New York State (2011)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
N.Y. State Office of the State Comptroller, Public Authority Reform, Reining in New York’s Secret Government (2004)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
N.Y. State Office of the State Comptroller, Public Authority Reform, Reining in New York’s Secret Government (2004)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
New York Authority Budget Office Policy Guidance
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: New York Authority Budget Office
The New York Authority Budget Office periodically produces policy guidance documents for public authority boards, which are collected at this website. Topics include board member training, corporate governance principles, board member independence, local financial disclosure, compliance review requirements, public authority websites, and the appropriate uses of executive sessions.
New York Racing Association, The Case for Reform
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 08/31/2003
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Addresses the financial status of the New York Racing Association (NYRA), regulations of the horse-racing industry, problems of the NYRA and recommended solutions.
New York State Commission on Public Authority Reform Report
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 05/17/2006
Author: Ira M. Millstein et al
Legislation recommendations for the monitoring of public authorities.
New York State Comptroller, Public Authority Contracting Practices: Billions of Dollars of Public Funds Committed Without Adequate Oversight
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 01/31/2006
Addresses the inadequacy of Public Authority Contracting Practices.
New York State Constitutional Convention Committee Reports (1938)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
The Reports of the New York State Constitutional Convention Committee, commonly known as the Poletti Report, were prepared prior to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1938 and printed as a series of twelve volumes. These volumes were intended to serve as impartial research and background information for the delegates of the Convention so that they could “discharge their duties wisely, deliberately and without waste of time and money.”All 12 volumes are available from the New York State Library Digital Collection as PDFs. They include an annotated version of the constitution as it existed prior to the 1938 amendments (Vol. 1); amendments proposed to the consitution between 1895 and 1937 (Vol. 2); constitutions of the other states and the federal government (Vol. 3); a thorough discussion of the framework and principles of state and local governments (Vol. 4), including a separate discussion of New York City government (Vol. 5); and materials relating to particular problems (Vols. 6-11). Volume 12 is an index.Volume 10, which covers taxation and finance, presents historical background on state finances and indebtedness, local taxation and expenditures, local indebtedness, and other problems. While not recommending particular changes, the report draws on the historical material to inform its analysis of then-current proposals.
New York State Government: What it does, How it works
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Robert B. Ward
Robert B. Ward, New York State Government:  what it Does, How it Works 300 (2002); Black’s Law Dictionary 152 (9th ed. 2009).
New York State Governor’s Task Force on the Implementation of the 2009 Public Authorities Reform Act Report
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 08/15/2010
The Governor’s Task Force on the Implementation of the 2009 Public Authorities Reform Act (PARA) was established by Governor Paterson in Executive Order 32, was created to: make recommendations and provide policy guidance on the implementation of PARA, with special emphasis on the parameters and scope of the fiduciary duty applicable to board members of public authorities under PARA; interact with and provide guidance to the Authorities Budget Office; and facilitate the maximization of New York state resources in support of the reconstituted ABO.
New York State Job Development Authority digital collection (New York State Library)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
The New York State Library’s digital collection on the Job Development Authority includes a 1961 memorandum that gives a description of the authority in question and answer form, a 1962 brochure describing the authority and its activities, and its annual report for 1993-1994.
New York State Public Authority Reform: Where We Have Come From and Where We need to Go, 11 N.Y. St. B. Ass’n Gov’t L. & Pol’y J., 1, 15 (2009)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Lynn Wilxon & Clayton Eichelberger
New York State Thruway Authority Audit Summary and Recommended Actions
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 12/31/2007
Audit of the New York State Thruway Authority to determine whether or not an increase in toll revenues is warranted.
New York’s Endangered Future: Debt Beyond Our Means
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 08/31/2005
Author: Citizens Budget Commission
The problem, causes and solution for debt in New York State.
New York’s Public Authorities: Promoting Accountability and Taming Debt
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/01/2006
Author: Citizens Budget Commission
New YorkState Public Authority Reform: Where We Have Come From and Where We Need To Go
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Lyn Wilxon & Clayton Eichelberger

  • Lynn Wilxon & Clayton Eichelberger, New York State Public Authority Reform:  Where We Have Come From and Where We need to Go, 11 N.Y. St. B. Ass’n Gov’t L. & Pol’y J., 1, 15 (2009).
No Return on Our Investment: The Failure of New York’s Industrial Development Authorities (July 2010)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 07/15/2010
Author: New York Jobs With Justice
A follow up on a 2007 report, N.Y. Jobs With Justice analyzed data on IDAs and determined that “the performance of IDAs has worsened[.]” NYJWJ proposes a 9-point platform for reform:Business Standards
1. Wage Standards for construction & permanent jobs created by subsidized projects
2. Regional Hiring Requirements and Apprenticeship Programs to ensure that development creates jobs and training opportunities for local workers
3. High Performance Building and Environmental Standards to prevent sprawl and encourage smart growthAccountability Measures
4. Local Government Oversight of IDA project approvals
5. Subsidy Recapture Mechanisms, or “Clawbacks,” to provide a money-back guarantee for companies that default on their contract commitments
6. Designated IDA Board Representation to ensure that a broad range of stakeholder interests are included in decision-making
7. Anti-Raiding Measures to prevent IDAs from engaging in unhealthy competition that results in job shifting from one region to another rather than real job creationTransparency Reforms
8. Community Impact Reports & Accessible Public Hearings that disclose the potential impacts
of IDA developments and allow for meaningful dialogue on the impacts, costs and benefits by
local stakeholders
9. Increased Monitoring and Improved Reporting by IDAs and their projects on
activities, performance, and commitment
Nonprofit Board of Directors Accountability After Sarbanes-Oxley
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Masline, Gary, NYS Commission on Quality of Care
Office of the N.Y. State Comptroller, Public Authorities in New York State: Accelerating Momentum to Achieve Reform 18 (2005)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Performance of Industrial Development Agencies
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 01/31/2008
Author: Thomas P. DiNapoli
Analyzes the financial and employment trends of New York State Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), as well as proposals to improve oversight and accountability.
Preliminary Report
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 11/30/1990
Author: York State Thruway Authority Transition Advisory Council
Progress Report on the Capital Security Program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/30/2006
Eighth progress report on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Security System in New York City.
Progress Report: The MTA Capital Security Program
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 12/31/2007
The fourth in a series of reports tracking the progression of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Security System.
Progress Report: The MTA Capital Security Program
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 05/31/2007
Second report on the progress of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Security Program.
Promoting Accountability and Taming Debt
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 08/31/2006
Author: Citizens Budget Commission
Examines the five major problems with New York State’s Public Authorities and includes proposed solutions to those problems.
Public Authorities and Private Firms as Providers of Public Goods
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/01/1994
Author: Clayton P. Gillette (Reason Foundation)
This report from the Reason Foundation suggests two primary policy implications: “First, public authorities should be made more accountable, perhaps by removing the immunities they currently enjoy. Second, and more fundamentally, the decision to have public authorities provide major infrastructure should be reconsidered, since private firms can often perform these same public functions, while not suffering from the institutional disadvantages of public authorities.”
Public Authorities Debt Structure and New York’s Future Generations
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 09/01/2010
Author: Office of NYS Comptroller
Public Authorities in Governing New Jersey
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: David L. Carr, Ph.D.
Public Authorities in New York State
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 03/31/2006
Author: Citizens Budget Commission
Overview of New York State Public Authorities, major problems, and proposed solutions.
Public Authorities in New York State: Accelerating Momentum to Achieve Reform
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 02/01/2005
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Addresses the insufficient oversight and accountability of New York State Public Authorities, and the steps taken by the New York State Legislature and Governor’s Administration in relation to this topic.
Public Authority Governance in New York State
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 07/31/2004
Author: New York State Office of the Comptroller
Addresses the need for stronger authority boards and the topic of corporate governance reform of public authorities.
Public Authority Reform: Reining in New York’s Secret Government
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 01/31/2004
Author: Alan G. Hevesi
Public authorities in New York State: History of, Debt, Oversight, Accountability, Reform efforts
Public Benefit Corporations in New York City
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: New York State Charter Revision Commission for New York City
Record and Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York (1938)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
The 1938 amendments to the New York State Constitution imposed new rules on state financing and had important effects on public authorities. The Journal of the Constitutional Convention, available as PDF files from the New York State Library Digital Collection, recounts the debates that shaped these amendments, as well as others. Also available are the Revised Record of the Constitutional Convention, the Appendix to the Journal, and text of the proposed amendments.
Report of Investigation of the New York State Theatre Institute
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 04/01/2010
Author: New York State Inspector General Joseph Fisch
Reports and Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York (1967)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
The New York State Library Digital Collection includes various documents from the 1967 Constitutional Convention. Although this was the last state constitutional convention to be held, none of the proposed amendments were adopted when they were submitted to the people.The 12-volume Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention includes the journal, record, propositions and documents of the 1967 Constitutional Convention.The Reports of the New York State Temporary State Commission on the Constitutional Convention provide historical and background materials intended to help the Commissioners to address various problems. Public authorities are discussed in the report on State finance.
Restoring Credit and Confidence: A Reform Program for New York State and Its Public Authorities (24 MB pdf)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 03/31/1976
Author: New York State Moreland Act Commission on the Urban Development Corporation and Other State Financing Agencies
The 1976 Moreland Act report on public authorities was commissioned by Governor Carey following the near collapse of the Urban Development Corporation, which had issued debt far surpassing its resources. One of the major reforms to come from this report was the creation in 1976 of the Public Authorities Control Board. An article summarizing the findings of the commission is available here.
Rough Start For The Thruway – Albany Times Union
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 02/10/2013
Author: Bruce W. Dearstyne
Staff Report on Public Authorities Under New York State
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: New York State Temporary State Commission on Coordination of State Activities
State Government Targeting in Economic Development: The New York Experience
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Frank J. Mauro and Glenn Yago
State of N.Y. Office of the Inspector General, Report of Investigation of the New York State Theatre Institute (2010)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Statewide Public Authorities: A Fourth Branch of Government?
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 11/01/1972
Author: New York State Comptroller
This 1972 Comptroller’s report on public authorities includes a definition of public authorities, a discussion of their operations and evolution into larger scale corporations, and information on state support for public authority operations and their financial viability.
The High Cost of Leasing Schools: The Loophole in the Public Authorities Law
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 05/01/2008
Author: New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum
This report by the New York City Public Advocate sheds light on a loophole in the Public Authorities Law that allows the New York City School Construction Authority to bypass public participation and environmnetal review requirements when it leases existing buildings for use as schools. As stated in the executive summary, “The courts have interpreted the law as requiring community notification and City Council oversight only for additions to existing school buildings or new construction, not for existing buildings leased by the SCA. Because of these court decisions, the City Council has not had the opportunity to review site plans for the Soundview Campus and at least three other school sites across the city.”
The Ideal Deal: How Local Governments Can Get More for Their Economic Development Dollar (March 2007)
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: Rachel Weber (University of Illinois at Chicago) and David Santacroce (University of Michigan Law School) (Good Jobs First)
This report contends that if economic development agencies intend to continue offering incentives, they should do so in a smarter manner. Topics discussed include valuation of public costs and benefits, performance standards, disclosure and oversight, and contract enforcement.
The New York State Temporary Commission on Constitutional Revision (1994)
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Although New York voters rejected having a constitutional convention in 1997, a Temporary Commission was set up in 1994. Including among the PDF documents available through the New York State Library Digital Collection are The New York State Constitution: A Briefing Book, edited by Gerald Benjamin and including a chapter on state finances and public authorities, and the Temporary Commission’s report titled Effective Government Now for the New Century: A Report to the People, the Governor, and the Legislators of New York.
Transportation Funding & Financing: Municipal/Public Bond Issues
Category: ALL
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance
This website provides information about transportation findings. Topics include toll-backed revenue bonds; fare box revenue bonds; and general obligation bonds.
Underground Government: Preliminary Report on Authorities and Other public Corporations
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Author: New York State Commission on Government Integrity
Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Series, May 15 2012: “Issues in Economic Development”
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 05/15/2012
Author: various
What’s Violating Fiduciary Duty for a Public Authority? Atlantic Yards Report
Category: NY
Sub-category: Government and Non-Governmental Reports
Publication Date: 07/16/2010
Author: Norman Oder
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