Media Coverage

On paper, James Scalzo rarely sleeps. He works full time as a cook at the Albany County jail, five days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. But he’s also serves on the Albany Common Council and, like most of his 15 colleagues, is listed as working 30 hour Read More

ALBANY — Every second between now and March 31, New York will spend $3,859. This, according to the Empire Center for Public Policy, is the result of the $121.7 billion state budget enacted April 9. The center portrays state spending through its Read More

Governor Paterson, signaling that he wants to reduce sharply state grants to local programs, is setting the stage for a struggle over pork-barrel spending with the Legislature. Mr. Paterson yesterday told his budget director and other senior admin Read More

No sooner had we issued our editorial of yesterday, about the news that Texas had surpassed New York as the state with the most headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, than we got a wire from the fiscal sage of the Manhattan Institute, E.J. McMahon. H Read More

ALBANY - Albany Convention Center Authority officials want state taxpayers to pick up another $190 million in costs for the proposed downtown project, they said Tuesday. The authority's leaders have approached the Paterson adminis tration about ge Read More

A sex scandal drives the old governor out, and the new governor cuts through partisan politics to say what voters need to hear: change is imperative. “The days of spending like there’s no tomorrow end today,” the governor, who hails from the le Read More

Huzzahs echoed from Baghdad to Washington when the Iraqi parliament passed a 2008 budget in a packet of measures several weeks ago. Mind you, plenty of crucial issues were left to a future day and maybe, for all anyone can tell, to a future decade Read More

ALBANY — Times are tight in New York, state officials say. A recession is looming. Tax receipts are dwindling. Spending must be restrained. But the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen will survive, thanks to $35,000 in taxpayer mone Read More

ALBANY - Among the hundreds of dubious pork-barrel projects larded into the just-completed state budget is a group devoted to quilt-making, a doll museum and a "gay day" in the Catskills, The Post has learned. There's also cash for synchronized sw Read More

ALBANY — The State Legislature approved a $122 billion budget on Wednesday, increasing spending by nearly 5 percent despite warnings that the weakening New York economy will leave the state unable to afford the expansion.The increase come Read More

COLONIE - To cap or not to cap. That will be one of the biggest decisions that a property tax study commission headed by former gubernatorial candidate and Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi makes next month. And the battle lines on that issue are st Read More


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