From Hal's Blog

Reporting on State and local issues, the need to reduce spending and improve government efficiency.

From the desk of Hal Peterson

From the desk of Hal Peterson

Hal Peterson's Column Posts help keep you informed on key aspects of New York State government reform.

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Breaking News and Audit Findings

Breaking News and Audit Findings

Hal's Breaking News Posts call your attention to the latest important news.

Hal's Audit Findings provide summaries of specific audits. Please post any comments on the Blog Post’s provided, or the web site of the audit staff’s involved.

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Hal's Recent Column Post

A presumption of openness.

President Barack Obama signed into law on June 30th a long sought after upgrade of the Freedom of Information Act known as the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The altered legislation codifies a “presumption of openness,” strengthening the proactive disclosure of information in digital format thereby making “open data” immediately accessible, by default, on-line, at no charge, in formats conductive t[...]

Hal's Recent Breaking News Post

Breaking News – Gov. Cuomo’s Business Development Program a costly failure

As reported in Newsday on July 2nd, and written by James T. Madone, businesses enrolled in the governor’s Start-Up NY program of tax-free zones on college campuses (since its inception three years ago) created only 332 jobs across the state in 2015. This program has sparked considerable controversy because the Empire State Development Corporation, the state’s primary business aid agency has spe[...]