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The state budget approved last month by Gov. Spitzer and the Legislature came in higher than initially reported and actually increases spending by $2.9 billion, the state controller said yesterday. The $121 billion budget passed on April 1 now tip Read More

ALBANY — After allowing a state panel's recommendations for shrinking New York's troubled hospital industry to become law, legislative leaders are now seeking to undo parts of the plan by passing a new law that could save a number of hospitals from Read More

Of the nine New York hospitals targeted for closure by a commission created by Governor Pataki, only three are moving forward with shutting their doors six months after the recommendations were issued. While no one expected hospitals to acquiesce Read More

ALBANY, April 27 — When Gov. Eliot Spitzer and legislative leaders announced $1.3 billion in new property tax relief late last month, they did not mention that older New Yorkers got largely cut out of the deal. But taxpayers 65 and older ended u Read More

Ralph Berlangieri made $102,700 last year. He's not an executive or a lawyer or an engineer. He's a Port Authority gardener who cares for trees, shrubs and flowers at Newark Airport. "I have a nephew who has a college degree, and he doesn't make t Read More

Now that we, like millions of other New Yorkers, have put our checks to the federal and state tax collectors in the mail, or authorized electronic transfers, let us reflect for a moment on the prospects ahead. Real estate is trading at startlingly hi Read More

ALBANY — While state lawmakers give taxpayer money to anti-gun organizations in the new budget, they also give grants to gun and hunting clubs. Then there is $2,000 for nut allergy awareness, $100,000 for a soccer hall of fame and $10,000 for a Read More

ALBANY - The new state budget will create a whopping 50 percent increase in the projected deficit for next year, Gov. Spitzer's budget director revealed yesterday. Paul Francis said the dramatic new spending agreed to by Spitzer and legislative le Read More

ALBANY, March 28 — Gov. Eliot Spitzer brought a hard-charging style to Albany, taking on adversaries personally and directly, even lambasting lawmakers in their home districts. But the State Legislature knows how to play hardball too, and the rooki Read More

HE IS not known for being timid. As New York's attorney-general, he was called “The sheriff of Wall Street”. Last year he campaigned for governor with the promise to shake up state government. He won with 70% of the vote, and now he is trying to Read More

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