RIP, “Rapp” by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Republicans never held more than 58 of the 150 seats in New York State Assembly during Clarence D. “Rapp” Rappleyea’s 12 years as their minority leader. Yet Rappleyea, who died Sunday at age 82, was among the most consequential New York State legislative leaders of the 20th century. [Read_more]

NY’s Labor Day “arrows” by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Governor Cuomo frequently asserts that "the arrows are pointed in the right direction" for the upstate New York economy, thanks to state policy changes under his leadership.

But approaching the sixth Labor Day of Cuomo's tenure, the latest job statistics continued to tell a different story. [Read_more]

The new (old) normal of NY pensions by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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The Empire State's largest public pension plan still has not fully recovered from the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008-09, a new report from the state comptroller's office confirms. [Read_more]

DiNapoli confirms: upstate sluggish by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has just issued a report confirming what employment statistics have been showing: upstate New York's economy has lagged behind the nation and downstate regions for years now. [Read_more]

Upstate job gains stay near nil by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

At the mid-summer mark, the private sector in upstate New York was still struggling to produce net employment gains, according to the state Labor Department's latest monthly report. [Read_more]

NYC pension costs shooting up by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Taxpayer-funded pension contributions in New York City will need to increase by a total of $732 million between fiscal years 2018 and 2020 due to the pension funds' paltry investment earnings in the recently concluded 2016 fiscal year, City Comptroller Scott Stringer has just disclosed. [Read_more]