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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

New York Gov. David Paterson released a budget proposal Tuesday that seeks a 5 percent cut in school aid, as well as $1 billion in new taxes and fees. The $134 billion budget also addresses a $7.4 billion deficit. In addition to a $1.1 billion cut Read More

The $134 billion state budget Gov. David Paterson proposed Tuesday is likely to undergo many changes before the state’s final 2010-11 spending plan is approved by legislators – and it usually goes up. During the previous five years, the budget Read More

School districts on Long Island and across New York State dodged a bullet last month when the legislature rejected Gov. David A. Paterson's call for a midyear cut in K-12 education aid. But their luck is about to run out. Savvy school officials al Read More


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