Media Coverage

ALBANY - New York state has a message to some of the 1.2 million people who receive taxpayer-funded health insurance: no more free riders. The state Department of Civil Service is planning a massive crackdown on what could be thousands of public empl Read More

ALBANY - They just don't get it! That was the reaction from government watchdogs on Thursday after the Daily News reported that state lawmakers will still get their pork-barrel projects despite budget cuts. "It's really cynical of them to treat Read More

If Senator McCain wants an opening to make a run at New York's 31 electoral votes — something we encouraged him to do in an editorial yesterday — he has just been handed the issue to run on. The Assembly Democrats yesterday voted to pass their mi Read More

ALBANY - Seven State Police officers made more than the acting superintendent last year, and they're about to make even more, thanks to retroactive pay hikes. Heavy overtime and a new contract have put the division's employees among the highest-pa Read More

ALBANY - Earlier this month, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a school property tax cap bill at the behest of Gov. David Paterson. That bill would limit school tax growth to 4 percent each year. Today, the Democratic Assembly will likely pa Read More

Wondering what your neighbor who works for the state of New York gets paid? A new Web site,, has a searchable database of salary information on more than 263,000 state employees, including professors at the city and state universitie Read More

The salaries of hundreds of thousands of state employees can now be searched through an online database set up by a private institution. The Web site,, is the creation of the Manhattan Institute's Empire Center for Public Policy, and Read More

New Yorkers, faced with inevitable sacrifices as leaders wrestle with the incredible, growing budget deficit, may not feel like they have much to celebrate. But there is a bright spot among all the pronouncements of fiscal doom and gloom. State re Read More

I'd like to ask you a favor. Just between you and me. Look across to the opposite page. You'll see a picture of Dean Pagani, who writes a weekly column, just like me. What I'd like to know is, how much does Pagani get for writing the column? Lo Read More

Some say it’s a gimmick. Others say it’s a solution. But most agree that Gov. David Paterson’s proposed property tax cap would do little to mitigate the state’s looming fiscal crisis. .. Read article Read More

ORANGEBURG -Roger Etienne, a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience, earns a modest salary of $51,453 working at Rockland Psychiatric Center. But last year, Etienne was paid $161,605 - more than triple his base salary and more ext Read More

Nearly half of the registered nurses at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility are doubling - in some cases tripling - their salaries with overtime and other extra pay to bring around-the-clock health care to inmates. Fernande Daniel, a nurse with 15 Read More


Sign up to receive updates about Empire Center research, news and events in your email.


Empire Center for Public Policy
30 South Pearl St.
Suite 1210
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-434-3100
Fax: 518-434-3130


The Empire Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank located in Albany, New York. Our mission is to make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government.