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The city comptroller, William Thompson Jr., is in the final stages of studying whether the city's five pension funds should start investing in hedge funds. The comptroller raised the possibility of the change in investment policy during a speech a Read More

In his first State of the State address, Gov. Eliot Spitzer issued a clarion call to New York's Legislature to "end the culture of spending that is out of control." It is a message other governors — most notably fellow Democrat Hugh Carey in 197 Read More

Advocates for more pro-growth policies in New York will get new ammunition today with the release of a report from the U.S. Census Bureau showing that the Empire State was one of only a handful of states that lost population this year, with thousands Read More

News of a good year, performance-wise, at Goldman Sachs and of compensation to match for the firm's employees and executives has set some of our competitors — and no doubt, plenty of other New Yorkers — into singing carols of socialism. The New Y Read More

Of the $52 million the Assembly has doled out this year from its declassified Community Projects Fund, Assemblyman Paul Tonko can take credit for but a modest slice, $130,000, which he has fed in morsels to fire departments, school districts, a cemet Read More

Whoever wins today's governor's race, Eliot Spitzer or John Faso, will be taking over a state at a critical juncture. Even after a recovery from the 2001 recession, New York is hemorrhaging jobs, facing a multibillion-dollar budget gap, and losing it Read More

New York City is abandoned. That was the scene on Mercer Street one day last week on the shoot of "I Am Legend," a sci-fi thriller featuring Will Smith as the last human in New York City after a flu epidemic transforms the infected into creatures Read More

With the state and New York City on a collision course over how to resolve the long-running Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit ordering $23 billion in additional funds for the city's public schools, some budget experts are suggesting a deal. Read More

Read article ALBANY - Senate Republicans are secretly doling out tens of millions of dollars in education funds on pet projects arranged by individual lawmakers around the state, a Times Union investigation has found. The money has a name befi Read More

Read article Governor Pataki is expected today to veto legislation that would significantly weaken the leverage of municipal governments and school districts over public unions during contract negotiations. Among the dozens of vetoes that the Read More

Read article By JACOB GERSHMAN Dozens of bills making retirement benefits more generous for a wide range of public employees are awaiting Governor Pataki's signature or veto. If signed into law, the expanded benefits would cost taxpayers mo Read More

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