Legislation requiring IDAs to stream meetings and hearings heads to Governor’s desk
ALBANY, NY — April 9, 2019 — Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky (S.88) and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages to require local Industrial Development Agencies (“IDAs”) to livestream and publicly post video recordings of all meetings and hearings. The bill, which already passed the State Assembly on March 27, will now be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“For far too long, IDAs have operated under a shroud of secrecy, sometimes squandering valuable tax dollars with little public oversight,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “By injecting sunlight and transparency into local IDAs, we will ensure they spur economic development and create good jobs that serve the public. I am pleased both houses of the Legislature passed this bill, and I look forward to seeing it be signed into law. Hard-working taxpayers across our State deserve no less.”
“Government entities of all sizes have taken to streaming meetings as a way to increase transparency, accountability, as well as communicate their message to residents. After the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (P.I.L.O.T) fiasco in Valley Stream, I authored this legislation to ensure that constituents had the option to view IDA meetings online,” stated Assemblymember Michaelle C. Solages. “While New Yorkers may want to attend every governmental meeting, due to scheduling conflicts, they cannot always be physically present to do so. We urge Governor Cuomo to sign this legislation that will provide residents with more ways to observe and engage their local IDAs.”
IDAs across New York State have come into the spotlight in recent years for questionable sweetheart deals producing little to no economic development. Under current law, few provisions exist to ensure public transparency in IDAs. Senator Kaminsky and Assemblymember Solages’ legislation will ensure that local stakeholders and the public at-large are kept apprised of matters pending before IDAs.
SOURCE: Halie Meyers, Director of Communications, NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky – 9th SD.