VIDEO: Seeing Through NY | City & State

Tim Hoefer, the executive director of the Empire Center, talked to City & State about the organization's SeeThroughNY web site, which posts a wealth of financial and budgetary data online in an attempt to improve government transparency and inform New Yorkers about how their tax dollars are being spent.

VIDEO: Two Albany administrators get raises | CBS 6 - Albany

A few Albany City School District administrators are getting raises, but Empire Center Executive Director Tim Hoefer notes that these costs are just a drop in the bucket compared to what the district spends on teachers and their contract.

Empire Center updates NYC payroll data online | Associated Press

The Empire Center for Public Policy says it has posted updated payroll information for all New York City government workers on the Internet, including the names and salaries of more than 475,000 full- and part-time employees.

The think tank also posts state and public authority payrolls at the site

Struggling Suffolk boosts cops’ pay | New York Post

A budget deficit and the threat of a credit downgrade hasn’t stopped Suffolk County from shelling out even more money to its cops, who are already among the highest paid in the country.

SeeThroughNY adds school contracts | Hornell Evening Tribune

The government transparency website added the latest available collective bargaining agreements of 81 public school teachers’ unions, the Empire Center, which runs the website, announced Tuesday.

New York City Payroll Updated on SeeThroughNY | Press Releases

The complete 2013 fiscal year New York City payroll, which includes names and salaries for more than 475,000 full- and part-time employees, is now posted on, the Empire Center for Public Policy’s government spending transparency website.