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THE new Democratic governor has proposed his first budget, calling for a significant increase in education spending for New York City and similarly needy school districts. Many suburban districts would get less aid. The mayor praises the governor’s Read More

Johnnie Nichols, a civilian Defense Department employee, contributes to a federal pension that will let him retire at age 56, after 32 years of service. His wife, Kimberly, a math teacher at a private business college, has no pension after two dec Read More

Albany — Michele Bulson of Troy was trapped in an abusive marriage and wanted to get out, but the disabled 37-year-old lives on a fixed income and couldn't afford a lawyer. Last year, thanks to help from The Legal Project, an Albany-area nonprof Read More

"If you're sick of high taxes and squalid schools and unaffordable health care, you should hope beyond hope that Spitzer wins." That was the morning line yesterday from William F. Hammond of the Daily News, a columnist who has no greater admirers Read More

Albany — Here's the dilemma: New York has one of the most generous Medicaid programs in the country. If you're poor and sick there are few places you're better off. And it spends vast sums on its program: $45 billion. $2,213 for every man, wo Read More

ALBANY - The man who could soon be in charge of the state's $145 billion pension fund has a lot to learn about managing money - he has little in the way of personal investments and doesn't do his own taxes. "I get them done," said 20-year Assembly Read More

Well, well, well. It seems that Governor Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg, having bought into the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and the idea that the problem with our schools is a lack of money, are now fighting tooth and nail over the rest of the budget. Th Read More

Dennis Rivera, the president of New York's largest health care union, announced yesterday that he would step down, but not without issuing a surprisingly pointed broadside against Gov. Eliot Spitzer's planned cuts in health care spending. In 17 ye Read More

ALBANY, Jan. 26— Gov. Eliot Spitzer said on Friday that he would seek billions of dollars in Medicaid and health care cost savings when he unveils his first executive budget on Wednesday. But while he repeatedly used the word “reform” in a s Read More

ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer pledged to cut Medicaid costs Friday, vowing in a major policy speech to be the defender of patients, not the powerful institutional interests that he blamed for persuading elected leaders to perpetuate a broken, unafforda Read More

ALBANY - The overtime queen of state government is a mental-hospital nurse who made almost twice her salary in extra pay last year. Olukemi Akinyemi, who works at Bronx Psychiatric Center, made $93,581 in overtime on a base salary of $50,187, acco Read More


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