Media Coverage

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

Read article  By Karen DeWitt Albany, New York – The just- completed New York legislative session is not exactly getting rave revues from fiscal watchdogs or in newspaper editorial pages around the state. Governor Pataki was very pleased Read More

From cheese museums to Little Leagues to sororities, Gov. Pataki and state lawmakers have secretly approved nearly half a billion dollars worth of barely scrutinized pork-barrel projects over the past three years, it was revealed yesterday. For the first time, the list of nearly 23,000 projects totaling about $479 million was made public yesterday on a Web site,, by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, the research arm of the Manhattan Institute. Read More

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks are battling over a series of audits that were critical of the county. Brooks, a Republican, said the audits are partisan attacks. DiNapoli, a Democrat, said his reviews are fre Read More


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