Report: New York’s regional councils lack transparency

New York's regional council process that has awarded nearly $3 billion since 2011 for economic development lacks transparency and doesn’t adequately report on the outcome of various projects, according to a new report.

The report from the Citizens Budget Commission concluded that state hasn’t provided enough details to properly evaluate whether the 10 regional councils are creating jobs with the money doled out by the state.

“The public deserves to know what impact the REDC’s activities are having,” said Carol Kellermann, the president of the business-backed group. “The performance of funded projects should be measured against stated goals, and the results should be made public. That has not yet been happening sufficiently.” Continue…