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Brodsky: State Agencies Need More Transparency

Monday, September 14, 2009

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's recent report on the improper political use of the state police also put a spotlight on the state's independent authorities. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Cuomo's report went back as far as the Pataki era. But it called for a fresh probe of the New York Power Authority for obstructing Cuomo's investigation into one of the Power Authority's top figures Daniel Weise. Before Weise was at the Authority he ran Pataki's State Police security detail.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says Cuomo's report highlights the need for a bill he initiated that would force agencies like the Power Authority to be more transparent and accountable to the public.

BRODSKY: There's no question that the case if Mr. Weise at the power authority is a example of the way state authorities have been used as patronage dumping grounds and for a lot of, at best, inappropriate activities.

REPORTER: The bill calls for tighter fiscal controls for the more than 700 New York State Authorities like the MTA that collectively hold more than $140 billion in public debt. Governor Paterson has reservations about the bill that passed both houses of the state legislature earlier this year and needs his signature to become law. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

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