Media Coverage

State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, called to talk about last week’s notebook item on his recent stand against the New York Power Authority. While I suggested the senator has been more vocal about authority issues since Democrats took control Read More

The entire New York state 2008 government payroll is now online. On Monday, the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany-based project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, posted state payroll data on its government transparency Web s Read More

Gov. David Paterson on Tuesday ordered layoffs that could total about 4% of state workers after unions refused concessions amid a staggering economic downturn that was projected to push the state's deficit to $16 billion in the next year. Budget D Read More

ALBANY Despite a ballooning budget deficit and a months-long hiring freeze, the state government added hundreds of six-figure employees last year, an Albany-based think tank reported yesterday. In 2008, state agencies added 232 employees with base Read More

More than half of the city’s proposed $65.7 million budget for 2009-10 is directed toward police and fire expenses – a higher percentage of the total general fund budget than in Syracuse, Binghamton, Schenectady and Troy, an Observer-Dispatch ana Read More

While the rest of us tighten our belts, state employees buckle up in free cars provided to them by the state - paid for and gassed up with $86 million in taxpayer money this fiscal year alone, a Post probe has found. State department heads and com Read More

New York's chattering classes are no longer debating whether state income taxes will be jacked up on high earners. Now the only question is by how much. And the credit—or blame—for successfully framing the debate goes largely to a minor political Read More

Skyrocketing retiree health care costs will endanger every level of government in the future – including Mohawk Valley municipalities. Everywhere, public employees are locked into rock solid retiree health care plans, experts say. Baby boomers h Read More

We have come to expect teachers to be high-minded, educated individuals with minds of their own who view teaching as a profession. These are the people, after all, who we trust with our kids more hours a day than anyone else; people who teach our chi Read More

Governor David Paterson took a lot of heat for his plan to tax things like movies, soft drinks and music downloads - now he's abandoning part of it. One reason, Paterson now says the federal stimulus package will help him pick up the slack. The co Read More

When the Jamestown City Council voted in favor of a new contract with the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association, it was safe to say that binding arbitration was the proverbial elephant in the room. For some council members - including council Read More


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