For most of the past year and a half, Gov. Cuomo has sought to make the 421-a affordable housing program both less effective and more wasteful, by mandating the use of higher-priced unionized construction workers on 421-a projects.
Hizzoner cooked up something nice for his entire staff.
Mayor de Blasio doled out raises to 358 of 360 staffers in fiscal year 2016. That came to a total of $2 million, which included a generous $13,000 raise to the executive chef at Gracie Mansion, who now earns $115,000.
Data compiled by the Empire Center also show 56 City Hall staffers — including 35 who got new job titles — received raises of more than 20%.
Hundreds of New York City government employees more than doubled their pay with overtime during the city’s 2016 fiscal year, according to the latest payroll data added to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website.
New York City firefighters and fire officers who retired during the 2016 fiscal year were eligible for average pensions of $119,863, a 6 percent increase over the previous year, according to data gleaned from 15,557 Fire Department pension records updated today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website.
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.
The Empire Center found city school-custodian engineers were the highest-paid group of city employees in 2014, earning an average of $109,467.
And their union contract made it impossible to fire them unless they were jailed. Some custodians did stellar work — but many schools looked like dumps.
"Spending cap? What spending cap?" In effect, that's the state Assembly's opening public bid in state budget negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the fiscal year that starts April 1.
New York has made a compact with police officers: Their incomes will be preserved for life in the event that they are disabled in the line of duty.