Media Coverage

But Ken Girardin, a policy analyst for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank, said the governor's action eliminates "any remaining illusion" that the state Public Service Commission — New York's primary utility watchdog — has been acting independently under the Cuomo administration. Read More

In September of 2019 the Empire Center’s Peter Murphy produced a white paper looking at this very issue. He provided a stunning list of examples of successful partnerships between businesses and schools. Read More

“It is very unusual to tax medicine in this manner; a lot of people using opioids are using them legitimately” said Bill Hammond, director of health policy at The Empire Center, a conservative-leaning think tank in Albany, N.Y. “To go after a specific class of drug like this, I don’t think anything like this has ever been done in New York.” Read More

Bill Hammond with the fiscal watchdog group the Empire Center said that’s an irresponsible practice. “I think everybody would admit it’s a gimmick,” Hammond said. “You don’t have enough money in your checking account to pay your bills and so you just tell the people who are expecting money, ‘You have to hang on for a few days until my checkbook replenishes.’ ” Read More

The Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank based in Albany, analyzes public payrolls annually and posts rankings of individual compensation packages on its website, seethroughny.com. Last month, the center reported that more than 25 percent of teachers and administrators in school districts outside New York City received total compensation of more than $100,000 in 2018-19. Read More

Ken Girardin, a policy analyst for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank, said the governor’s action eliminates “any remaining illusion” that the state Public Service Commission — New York’s primary utility watchdog — has been acting independently under the Cuomo administration. Read More

But who exactly will feel the pinch if Medicaid spending slows down or is reduced? Hospital groups already are mobilizing an effort to oppose any cuts, worried they could face the brunt of it. Still, health analyst Bill Hammond of the Empire Center says hospitals have seen an increase in funding from the program over the years.  Read More

Our recent editorial on this waste cited the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin, who’d found used the agency’s own public filings to deduce a cost to electric ratepayers statewide of some $6 billion for just the first wave of wind farms NYSERDA is subsidizing off the Long Island coast, vs. the ageny’s claimed $1 billion. Read More

Let's start with Medicaid. In March, with Medicaid spending running far over budget, the governor quietly delayed into April a $2 billion payment due to providers. April is the start of the new fiscal year, so the move technically kept Medicaid spending under the cap that he'd instituted. The maneuver was discovered only a few months later, when sharp-eyed journalist Bill Hammond found a line about the payment delay in a budget document. Read More

At the same time, a government watchdog group says New York needs to get its Medicaid spending under control. The Empire Center is concerned the state will consider delaying $1 billion in payments to avoid piercing its annual cap for the second time in a year.  Read More

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