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The Long Island Power Authority Thursday rescinded a previously approved plan to give most of its employees 2 percent pay raises for 2010, officials said. At a LIPA trustees meeting where interim chairman Howard Steinberg was formally named chairm Read More

I’m very fond of Belleayre. It was built in 1949 by the State of New York. I have a picture of my mother and myself standing outside the lodge about eight years later, when I was 10 years old. Except for the funny old-fashioned clothes, it doesn Read More

It was just a week ago that we posted a list of the budgeted salaries for all school superintendents across the state. Now we're adding a companion database that contains all Western New York school district employees who earned $100,000 or more in 2 Read More

Gov. David A. Paterson's proposed $134 billion "budget of necessity" confronts the reality of the fiscal crisis facing New York. Facing a $7.4 billion deficit in the next fiscal year, state leaders have to hold the line on spending. The proposed b Read More

Wednesday, the legislature passed its ethics reform bill. "As far as I'm concerned, this bill is a long time coming," said Senator Eric Schneiderman. The legislature went ahead with its ethics reform package, despite Governor Paterson's warning Read More

Gov. Paterson delivered a hard-times $134 billion spending plan yesterday that would slash school aid, deny hundreds of millions of dollars to the city's coffers, and raise taxes on soda and smokes. The bare-bones, 2010-11 budget would hold spendi Read More

New York Gov. David Paterson proposed a state budget on Tuesday that uses a wide array of spending cuts, plus $1 billion of new taxes, to erase the state’s deficit. The proposed budget for the state’s 2010-11 fiscal year totals $134 billion, a Read More

Back in 1975, as he took office, I heard Gov. Hugh Carey warn the Legislature and the people of New York: “The times of plenty, the days of wine and roses are over.” Thirty-five years later, Gov. David Paterson is trying to send a similar mess Read More

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