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Schools and mass transit would bear the brunt of more than $350 million in cuts to New York City unveiled by Gov. Paterson yesterday as part of a $5 billion budget-slashing plan. Paterson's proposal calls for cutting state education aid by $480 mi Read More

Imagine a state worker not wanting extra money but being forced to take it anyway. That's what's happening with at least a few aides who work for the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities' Stony Creek residential center. "The Read More

New York City businesses that are stumbling through the recession are starting to feel like the screaming victims in horror movies (“The Devil’s Rejects” and others) who run away from the psychotic family of murderers only to be run over by an Read More

Eighteen of the state's 20 top-paid school administrators worked on Long Island, according to a new study of 2007-08 data by a conservative Albany think tank that questions why many suburban superintendents earn more than New York's new education com Read More

The Oneida County government could begin next year operating at the lowest staffing level in at least 20 years, data shows. County Executive Anthony Picente's proposed 2010 budget includes the elimination of 35 vacant positions, which would bring Read More

Gov. David Paterson has repeatedly been the bearer of bad news about the economy and the budget. Just last week at a leaders meeting Paterson dropped his latest bombshell: the news that the budget deficit could be $3 billion. Paterson insists that Read More

New York's "tax the rich" plan to help balance the budget this year isn't bringing in as much revenue as expected. Albany approved higher income tax rates on New Yorkers making more than $500,000 annually along with higher fees on luxury items. Op Read More

Gov. David A. Paterson and some lawmakers are raising the specter of furloughs - and even layoffs - of state workers to help close the growing budget deficit, as other big states have done. "We've not had to furlough or lay off any workers, but th Read More

Provides look at true cost of providing government services How much does a cop make? How about the guy plowing your road or helping you fill out forms at the town clerks’s office? If you want to know, it’s a mouseclick or two away. See Read More

Employees of the village of Lake Placid had the highest average salary among the 41 villages in the North Country in 2008-09. That's just one of the findings in a report released Friday by the Empire Center for Public Policy, a think tank that has Read More

What do a suspended Schenectady police officer, Albany County's health commissioner and several psychiatrists in Saratoga County have in common? They are all among the highest-paid municipal employees in the Capital Region, according to payroll da Read More

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