ALBANY The Authorities Budget Office, in a report released this morning, is calling for management and control of the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center Operating Corporation, commonly referred to as “The Egg,” to shift to the Office of General Services (OGS).
The the full report by the ABO is available on the Capital Region Scene.
“OGS has a record of success promoting, marketing and running public events enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year”, David Kidera, director of the Authorities Budget Office, said in a press release. “Why does the state need a public authority to manage the Egg and a separate agency to manage the rest of the Plaza? Consolidating this responsibility makes fiscal and management sense. In the long run, we believe this action will preserve the Egg as the cultural center for the arts in the Capital District and the state.”.
The ABO report is sharply critical of the existing Egg board, saying it "exhibited by a high degree of absenteeism at board meetings, persistent vacancies on the board, and an inability to develop and adopt a coherent plan to address the authority’s financial situation."
In its official response within the report, The Egg board and staff said "that the recommendation to dissolve the authority may impact the quality and depth of activities at The Egg and reduce opportunities and services currently provided to audiences, artists and presenters across the state of New York."
The ABO is an independent office created in 2009. Its mission is to make public authorities more accountable and transparent, and to act in the public interest.
It receives administrative assistance and support from the Department of State and is supported through a special fee on public authorities that is assessed by the state Division of the Budget.