Media Coverage

According to a recent report by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, the city’s $51.66 effective property tax rate ranks ninth in western New York behind Cheektowaga in Erie County and the Allegany County municipalities of Wellsville, Andover, Alfred, Almond, Burns, Cuba, and Alma. Jamestown’s effective tax rate is the highest in Chautauqua County. Read More

Relations between Pat Foye, who was picked by Cuomo to run the MTA in March, and Tony Utano, president of TWU Local 100, grew adversarial in the spring. In May, the agency briefly sent police officers to stake out agency timeclocks after the Empire Center for Public Policy published a report detailing a $418 million spike in overtime, a 16% rise over the previous year. Read More

E.J. McMahon, of the Empire Center for Public Policy, noted, "This is black and white evidence that they wasted $1.2 billion of taxpayer money." As for Governor Cuomo, he appears to be delusional. During a visit to Buffalo earlier this year, he told media outlets that he was satisfied with Solar City and that they were "ahead of schedule." Read More

The increase was attributed to a higher minimum wage for healthcare workers and higher enrollment in managed long-term care plans, among other factors. According to the Empire Center for Public Policy, the state’s cap is flawed, as it is strained whenever enrollment goes up. Read More

The program, they charged, is nothing more than a way for the governor to enjoy the spotlight. “It’s a way for the governor to maximize his political gain,” said E.J. McMahon, research director for the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank based in Albany. Read More

A variety of factors can influence sales tax receipts, including tourism trends, weather-related events, the price of gasoline and fuel oil and whether consumers are spending on furniture and cars, said E.J. McMahon, research director for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank. Read More

In the decades since the state government was overseen by the late Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, "what we are experiencing now is unique in that we have fiscal strain at a time when the economy is fine," said E.J. McMahon, director of research for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank. Read More

“This governor has more authority under law now to control spending in a variety of ways, than any of his predecessors,” according to E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for State Policy. “He can unilaterally reduce payments to hospitals. He can impound aid in all forms.” Read More


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