Media Coverage

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

More than 35 state employees in Otsego and Delaware counties earn more than $100,000 a year, according to a government watchdog website. Most of those employees are administrators at campuses of the State University of New York in Oneonta and Delh Read More

I don’t know how much money it will save, but New York Gov. David Paterson’s proposed $2.6 billion in spending cuts will provide endless amusement as special interest types and elected officials attempt to feign fiscal concern while avoiding the Read More


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