Archive for March 21, 2011

The Kessel NYPA Watch, March 21, 2011 – By George J. Marlin

March 21, 2011

Street Corner received the following letter on March 15, 2011 from NYPA’s Corporate Secretary.

Kessel is stonewalling again.  He will not release his updated contribution list until after the March 29, 2011 NYPA annual meeting.

Dear Mr. Marlin:

This is in response to your letter dated February 20, 2011 and received by this office on February 22, 2011 requesting the following records:        

1.  Information and records as to contributions, grants, donations, sponsorships, payments and purchase of tickets (collectively, “Expenditures of NYPA Public Money”) to or from not-for -profit entities, colleges, universities and research centers (collectively, “Recipients of NYPA Public Money”) from NYPA or any subsidiary or affiliate for the period July 1, 2010 through and including December 31, 2010;

2.  Information and records as to whether each Expenditure of NYPA Public Money to each Recipient of NYPA Public Money from NYPA or any subsidiary or affiliate for the period January 1, 2009 through and including December 31, 2010 was processed in full compliance with NYPA board or entity policy and procedure for Expenditure of Public Money;

3.  For each Expenditure of NYPA Public Money which involved purchase of tickets for an event held outside a NYPA facility, provide the names and relationship to NYPA of each person who used the ticket purchased or acquired by or through the Expenditure of NYPA Public Money;

4.  Information and records as to health insurance coverage or benefits or indemnification against health insurance liability or reimbursement of expenses of any such health insurance coverage provided now or at any time in the past to any present or former NYPA Board member;

5.   The names, titles and salaries of each person hired by NYPA since September 30, 2008, excluding union members covered under a collective bargaining agreement with NYPA. Provide in addition to name, title and salary for each such hire whether

a. the hire was to fill an existing vacant position/title as specifically reflected in the annual budget approved by the NYPA Board;

b. the vacancy was posted internally and/or externally; and

c. the position was newly created and did not exist prior to the hiring of such person;

6.  The names, titles and salaries of each person who has been promoted to vice; president or above by NYPA since September 30 2008 and the three year salary history of each such person, excluding union members covered under a collective bargaining agreement with NYPA.  Indicate whether each such promotion was considered by or approved by the NYPA Board; and

7.  The names, titles and amount of increase in salary of each vice president or higher who has received a raise in his or her salary since September 30, 2008, excluding union members covered under a collective bargaining agreement with NYPA.

Authority staff need an additional period of time to identify, locate, retrieve and review any such responsive records and will contact you on or about April 11, 2011 with the status of your request. 

Sincerely,

Karen Delince
Corporate Secretary
New York Power Authority