Media Coverage

To the editor: I read your recent article about the Lake Placid School Superintendent James Donnelly and his generous severance package. As you may know, his contract is posted on our government transparency Web site, The Read More

Cities, towns and counties statewide face a budget-busting rise in their employee pension costs and New Yorkers, already hit by the recession, will likely see higher property taxes. It's the latest financial hit to come from last year's stock mark Read More

Ever want to know how much money local agencies pay their employees? It’s only a few keystrokes and a mouse click away. The Empire Center for Public Policy, a non-profit state government watchdog group, posted the payrolls of 384 local agenci Read More

The Paterson administration appears once again to be broadening the pool of people eligible to take a $20,000 state buyout. The plan initially excluded those whose jobs are paid for by the federal government in order to ensure that the savings are Read More

A new report shows the largest community grant from New York lawmakers this year is nearly $2.3 million to Prisoners Legal Services of New York Inc., which helps indigent inmates. The searchable report on the Empire Center's Web site lists the gra Read More

An online database shows just how drastic of a decrease in state member items — commonly known as “pork-barrel spending” — are coming into the area. The latest tally of legislative member items in the Southern Tier on the See Through NY We Read More

In the last month, the New York Senate plumbed a new low in messy and irresponsible non-governance. Two Democratic senators, Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada, brought business to a standstill on June 8, when they abruptly switched political parties, Read More

There was a rare occurrence in the Senate chamber late last night - something akin to an Ivory-billed Woodpecker sighting. A bill was defeated. Yes, you read that right. Flat out defeated. Voted down, 28-34, with cooperation from senators on bo Read More


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