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More than 8,200 MTA staffers earned more than $100,000 last year, including dozens who doubled their pay with overtime, according to an analysis of payroll records. The biggest moneymaker at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was then-CEO E Read More

Citing a continued lack of service for Staten Island residents, Assemblyman Lou Tobacco today lambasted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) after a report found 10 percent of the agency's workforce annually earns over $100,000. "At a t Read More

Troy City Schools cut spending by $3.1 million by eliminating 63 jobs and agreeing not to replace 13 retirees. A few miles away, the Bethlehem Central School District trimmed its budget by taking the seldom-traveled path of renegotiating union con Read More

Gov. David A. Paterson and the state’s public employee unions announced an agreement on Friday that would reduce pension benefits for future public employees and save the state billions of dollars in an attempt to control ballooning costs for retir Read More

Gov. Paterson and the state's two biggest labor unions reached a deal yesterday to avoid layoffs and employee givebacks in exchange for buyouts and more modest retirement benefits. Under the agreement, the Civil Service Employees Association and t Read More

Gov. Paterson has struck a deal with state labor unions that will avoid lay offs for 7,000 employees in return for a modicum of pension reform. He says this will save taxpayers $440 million over the next two years -- and $30 billion over the next Read More

With the clock ticking down to potential layoffs in New York State, Governor Paterson and public employee unions have been attempting to hammer out a deal. A possible fight over a pension bill, however, could jeopardize the agreement. In response Read More

Associated PressGov. David Paterson listens to a speaker during a legislative leaders meeting at the Capitol. New York Gov. David Paterson told legislative leaders today that if they won't consider his plan to cap Albany's notorious overspending, Read More

Niagara County lawmakers sure have spent a lot of time on state issues lately. This week was no exception as the Legislature went on record as being downright disgusted by the state’s treatment of the county on a variety of issues, including the Read More


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