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ALBANY — For the last three decades, all public entities in New York — governments, school districts, authorities, and others — have been subject to the Freedom of Information Law, which mandates that they release public data on request. Yet Read More

ALBANY — It was early 2002. Wall Street’s profits had collapsed after the 9/11 attacks, unemployment was on the rise and tax revenue was plummeting. In Albany, though, there was little action. Gov. George E. Pataki — facing re-election, alon Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "This is the ultimate in a series of choices that have placed us where we are now," said Governor David Paterson on Wednesday. If spending across New York is the big issue, you might consider this the roadmap. Empire Center for Read More

ALBANY - Gov. Paterson today called for a 7% spending cut at all state agencies and said the state needs to reduce spending by $1.23 billion in the current budget. Paterson said he will cut $630 million "administratively," through agency cuts, a h Read More

For E.J. McMahon, director of the conservative Empire Center for Public Policy at the Manhattan Institute, state government’s current fiscal predicament is reminiscent of 2002 and the late 1980s/early 1990s. But overspending, rather than a p Read More

ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson, in a brief and rare live televised address, said Tuesday evening that New York is facing a fiscal crisis in the wake of Wall Street’s meltdown, and he called on the Legislature to return next month to grapple with Read More

Gov. David A. Paterson and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg warned on Monday of further deterioration in state and city finances, with each saying that he or his successor would have to grapple with huge budget deficits in the years ahead. Both men appe Read More

The exclusion of New York City from Governor Paterson's signature tax relief proposal is drawing complaints from state lawmakers, who say the governor's plan to set strict limits on how much school districts are permitted to tax each year would end u Read More

ALBANY — As political rituals go, it was one of Albany’s most predictable. Every two years, a state law that required public employees to pay their unions’ dues regardless of whether they joined would near expiration. And every two years, th Read More

Forced to give up a total of $400 million from their budgets, agencies have conserved cash in less than extreme ways: for example, putting a freeze on new BlackBerry purchases, relying more heavily on teleconferencing, limiting requests for outside counsel, or passing more costs down to the county level. Virtually all of the state's more than 200,000 employees get to keep their jobs. To cut down on personnel costs, agencies are limiting new hires to "critical functions" or slightly reducing payrolls through attrition. "This has been an exercise in painless paring," a fiscal analyst for the Manhattan Institute, E.J. McMahon, said. Read More

ALBANY - During the tail end of his 14 years as Senate majority leader, Joseph L. Bruno often reminded people he had fattened up the Capital Region. "I was there for 18 years watching dollars flow to New York City and flow to Long Island," Bruno s Read More

New York City officials are bracing for increased pressure on the budget as the city's pension funds are reeling from the credit crisis and posting billions of dollars in losses. In the nine months leading up to March 31, the city's five pension f Read More

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