Media Coverage

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

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


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