School custodian-engineers make an average of $140,000 a year, including OT, said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the Empire Center, a watchdog group that collects government payroll data. [Read_more]
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to give another $500 million dollars, not to Rochester, but to Buffalo. He's doubling down on his "Buffalo Billion" initiative. The proposal was announced during the governor's State of the State in January.
Rochester has received plenty of money from the state too. But, seemingly, not with as much fan-fare as Buffalo has. Now that the governor wants to give another half billion of your tax dollars to a city 70 miles away, we're asking him, "Why?" [Read_more]
“It’s definitely an outmoded way to fund retirements when you look at how the private sector has moved toward defined contribution retirement plans,” Girardin said. “Every year we remain in the pension business, we’re putting taxpayers who haven’t even been born yet on the hook for paying benefits 50 or 60 years from now.” [Read_more]
Since the cap began, a number of bills have been introduced with the aim of easing or breaking the cap — but none have gained traction. This year, there are at least 17 such measures.
"Most have come up before," said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the Empire Center. The fiscally conservative government watchdog group supports keeping the current cap as is, saying it has helped get a handle on New York's highest-in-the-nation property taxes and school costs. [Read_more]
New York City has been ordered to pay the legal expenses of an Albany-based nonprofit group for withholding information about the number of undercover cops working for the police department. [Read_more]
The doubts crept in, just a year into the life of the tax-break program known as Start-Up New York, with revelations that New York State had spent nearly $50 million to promote a job-creation initiative that in its first year had created all of 76 jobs. [Read_more]