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New Yorkers are fleeing the state and city in alarming numbers -- and costing a fortune in lost tax dollars, a new study shows. More than 1.5 million state residents left for other parts of the United States from 2000 to 2008, according to the rep Read More

New York suffered the largest loss of residents to other states in the nation from 2000 to 2008, with more than 1.5 million people leaving, a report Monday found. The report, commissioned by the conservative Empire Center for Public Policy, found Read More

Gov. Paterson yesterday claimed President Obama's crackdown on Wall Street pay could cost the state $1 billion. But experts questioned the figure and the governor's own Budget Division later admitted it could not back up the claim. Paterson sai Read More

At least the state isn't planning to sell a prison to itself. In 1991, New York "sold" Attica prison to the Urban Development Corp. for $200 million to help balance the budget. The move, which saddled taxpayers with about $490 million in long-t Read More

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


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