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Links roundup—NY governance, ethics & reform edition

February 9, 2012

The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, which doesn't charge a toll for Ogdensburg Port Authority board members.

  • Comptroller DiNapoli has a mostly positive view of the proposed state budget. He’s noted, however, that “public authorities would be authorized to transfer monies to any other public authority as long as the transfer is approved by their governing board. This raises the possibility that an authority could use monies generated for one program or purpose, such as tolls intended for highway or bridge maintenance, for an entirely unrelated purpose.” [Press Release] [Executive Budget Report]
  • Former Assemblyman and public authorities watchdog Richard Brodsky thinks that letting public authorities move money like this would “create chaos.” [Democrat & Chronicle Vote Up NY Blog]
  • Moving on the issue of transparency, lots of public authorities failed to submit timely annual reports. [Public Authorities Blog]
  • State legislators in New York and New Jersey are sponsoring Port Authority reform bills that would increase accountability and oversight. [NJ Star-Ledger] [SILive]
  • But  the Port Authority, at least, has hired an ethics consultant (for just $10,000 a month). [WSJ NY Blog]
  • Although the ABO recommended otherwise, the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority decided to maintain a policy allowing current and former board members (and their spouses) to cross the Ogdensburg-Prescott bridge without paying the $2.75 toll. [Watertown Daily Times]
  • In the social responsibility department,  the Niagara County IDA adopted a provision asking subsidy applicants to use their “best efforts” to hire local workers. [Tonawanda News]
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