Bill repeals local control of cop discipline by E.J. McMahon | | NYTorch

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A bill rushed to passage by both houses of the Legislature last week would gut local control of police discipline by deeming it a subject of collective bargaining throughout the state.

The bill can be seen as a fresh test of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's commitment to "transform" a state dominated by public employee unions.

NY’s growth gap by E.J. McMahon | | NYTorch

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The growth prospects for New York’s metropolitan areas between 2013 and 2020 range from dismal upstate to mediocre downstate, according to a study issued by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

NY job growth: still sluggish by E.J. McMahon | | NYTorch

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Another month, another not-so-hot jobs report for New York State.

Private sector employment statewide grew by 1.4 percent during the 12 months ended in May, trailing the national average gain of 2.1 percent during the same period.

More pension “alternative” stakes ahead? by E.J. McMahon | | NYTorch

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New York’s public pension funds will have the green light to significantly increase their asset allocations to “alternative investments,” such as private equity and hedge funds, under a bill that looks greased for passage in both houses of the state Legislature.

Growth falters in “New NY” by E.J. McMahon | | NYTorch

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New York's economy grew more slowly than those of all but four other states in 2013, the latest federal data show.

The real GDP numbers are consistent with job-creation data, which also show the Empire State to be lagging well behind the U.S. as a whole.