Cuomo frees state employees to watch soccer by E.J. McMahon | | NYTorch

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No, it is not April 1: Gov. Andrew Cuomo really did give all New York State employees "an extra hour for extended lunch" to watch the mid-day World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Germany.

An hour's worth of time for all 125,555 full-time equivalent employees of the executive branch of state government translates into at least $4 million in wages and salaries, based on the latest payroll data from the state comptroller's office.

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.