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New York is about to achieve a dubious milestone: For the first time in history, the state’s main bank account is poised to end the year in the red. After months of plunging revenues and weeks of budget battles, New York had a negative balance o Read More

A February date has been set for a disciplinary hearing for a suspended Oneonta police officer who allegedly drank alcohol and had sex while on duty. Mayor John Nader said he learned Tuesday that the hearing will be Feb. 23 at City Hall. Office Read More

One out of every three dollars spent on salary and benefits for people working in Oneida and Herkimer counties goes to government employees, according to an O-D review of recently released federal statistics. That’s about $2 billion of the almos Read More

There are lots of reasons why the town of East Greenbush earlier this month had its bond rating reduced to junk status. But it comes down to this: The town has a lot of debt, and its costs are rising. For instance, pension costs for East Greenbush Read More

The Common Council on Tuesday night voted to split the duties of retiring Engineering Administrator and Community Development Director Joseph Bernier between Jeff House and Jim Hawver. Each city employee will receive a $5,000 stipend. House, th Read More

It's like a kid staring into a candy store window. The temptation is almost irresistible, especially if you're a little hungry. In the long run, though, it's probably best just to walk away. That's the kind of temptation being faced by cash- Read More

A new Tier V pension plan for public employees became a reality Thursday as Gov. David Paterson, accompanied by a slew of lawmakers, signed legislation to reduce the cost of the state's massive retirement system. The new plan, while still generous Read More

Gov. David Paterson has signed into law pension reform legislation that officials say will provide more than $35 billion in long-term savings to New York state taxpayers over the next thirty years. The legislation creates a new Tier V pension leve Read More


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