How to Access Government Info on Long Island | Long Island Press

Curious how much the government worker next door makes? For information that is lacking in the state’s websites—namely, public salaries—nonprofit groups, such as the Albany-based Empire Center for Public Policy, compile the info into searchable online databases. Their website,SeeThroughNY allows users to search public employee salaries, pensions, contracts and other info for various levels of government.

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.