Media Coverage

A "one-house budget" is the way the optimists in Albany are describing the plan by the Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, and his fellow Democrats to raise by 1 percentage point taxes on New Yorkers who earn a million dollars a year or more. Ne Read More

Hewlett-Woodmere school officials more than doubled the salary of a private attorney on its payroll in his last two years at the district -- substantially boosting his New York State pension -- while paying his law firm more than $400,000 in addition Read More

ALBANY — With the economy weakening and tax collections slowing, members of the State Assembly are discussing a plan that would raise income taxes on the wealthiest 3 to 4 percent of New Yorkers. The proposal, which is being promoted heavily in Read More

ALBANY — From New Jersey to California, many states are contemplating a raft of painful budget cuts as they wrestle with evaporating tax revenue and ballooning deficits. But in New York, which faces the same economic uncertainties, no such sever Read More

Last week’s election of a Democratic senator, Darrel Aubertine, in the Watertown-Oswego area is seen by many as an indicator that Republicans could lose control of the state Senate this year, bringing an end to the long reign of Senate Majority Lea Read More

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Like many childcare providers, Dianne Madej begins her day early. Taking care of play time, nap time and meal time, all before noon. “It's very busy. It can be messy and playful and fun,” said Dianne Madej, Child Care Provid Read More

Two weeks after the state's largest teachers union gave Senate Republicans a boost by endorsing their candidate in a critical special election race, Republican lawmakers fast-tracked a bill that would allow New York City teachers to retire with full Read More

After a disastrous first year beset by scandal and poor decision-making, Gov. Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday made a big step toward a turnaround in his second-year state of the state speech. He's worked to spread health-insurance coverage, boost state Read More

"As the world has transformed and moved forward, it is only Albany that has stood still,” Spitzer said in his first State of the State address last year. But a year later, Albany seems as still as ever, paralyzed with the very maladies Spitzer r Read More

Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, a psychiatrist at New York University Medical Center, and his wife, a clinical psychologist, make a total of about $150,000 a year. Even so, the couple had to move farther up the West Side from West 72nd Street to find a larger ap Read More


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