Groups calling on NY Legislature to hold emergency hearing on historic bid-rigging scandal

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Government watchdog groups called for the New York Senate and Assembly leaders to hold an emergency oversight hearing on historic bid-rigging scandal and clean contracting reforms.

On Thursday, in an effort to make the process of awarding contracts more transparent, six watchdog groups called on legislative leaders to hold emergency hearings to reveal how billions of dollars in state contracts were rigged and explain what reforms are needed to ensure fair and transparent contract awards.

This comes after federal corruption charges were brought against several people involved in Governor Cuomo’s development projects, including his former top aide and confidant, Joseph Percoco and SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kalayeros, who has since resigned, and are accused of awarding contracts to favored businesses and donors.

The groups on Thursday presented recommendations for contracting reforms.

“We have tremendous numbers of questions, basic questions right now, not just we, but the public, New Yorkers, people like you, about what exactly happened, how it happened, who didn’t do their jobs, what laws we need,” said Executive Directior of Reinvent Albany, John Kaehny.

NEWS10 ABC has reached out to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Speaker of the House Carl Heasty for comment. Their press offices have not yet returned the call.

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