Media Coverage

The day before the final debate between presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, a group of mayors reiterated a longstanding plea. Cities matter, they said, and it was time for the candidates to show they understood that and tell the cou Read More

Oneida County taxpayers should be outraged over the proposed raises in County Executive Anthony Picente’s 2009 budget — many of which far exceed 10 percent and some of which are actually double that. Even more insulting to county taxpayers is Read More

Nearly 1-in-5 Oneida County employees – at least 310 workers — are scheduled to get raises of 10 percent or more in Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente’s proposed 2009 budget, an O-D comparison of this year’s and next year’s budgets fou Read More

The Bloomberg administration has seen no shortage of plans for grandiose development projects. But with credit tight and the city’s economy reeling from Wall Street’s woes, some of those projects — for better or worse — seem likely to go no f Read More

The campaign literature that fills mailboxes this time of year is as much a fixture of the seasonal political landscape as debates and television advertisements. But what taxpayers on the receiving end of those mailers might not realize is that in Read More

The bad news: The Wall Street meltdown has opened a gaping hole in the state budget. The good news: Gov. Paterson and the Legislature can easily find billions in savings without harming basic services. Albany lawmakers have been spending like d Read More

The Manhattan Institute’s “Fiscal Watch” Web site, which focuses on New York budget and finance issues, was recently expanded to include a blog. Its contributors are E.J. McMahon, the Manhattan Institute’s senior fellow for tax and budgetary Read More

As state lawmakers search for solutions to New York’s budgetary woes, it appears as though they might have some luck finding a few stray dollars in their own offices. A new report from the Empire Center for Public Policy shows the state’s 212 Read More

David Paterson has the ball. There he is, our legally blind governor, on the court at a rec center in Harlem, on top of the key, playing three on three. He fakes right, then jumps in place for no discernible reason and does a balletic half-twirl, fol Read More


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