Over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's Legislatureagreed on a $168.3 billion budget for the 2019 fiscal year. Before Albany moves on to the next thing - which could be nothing in an election year - let's revisit what it just did and what it means. [Read_more]
State residents who pay close attention to how Albany operates should be familiar by now with the names of the elected officials who decide how their money gets spent. But if they really want to understand, they should get to know SAM. [Read_more]
This winter, New York has had two major construction scandals. In March, Related, the giant real estate firm building out much of the Hudson Yards office and apartment site on Manhattan’s West Side, sued construction unions, alleging that they inflated costs by more than $100 million, including fooling Related into paying up to $70 an hour for someone who fetches coffee. [Read_more]
Two numbers released by the Census Bureau in the past month say almost everything there is to say about New York’s relationship to the rest of the world: It is that shining city on the hill. [Read_more]
As prices of Long Island Rail Road fares go up, so do the yearly paychecks of its employees.
The number of LIRR employees who made more than $200,000 increased by about 40 percent from 2016 t0 2017, according to payroll data found on the Empire Center for Public Policy's transparency website, SeeThroughNY.net. [Read_more]
As pay packages for Port Authority cops continue to soar, the case for scrapping the PAPD grows stronger by the day.
As the Empire Center reported Tuesday, the insanity brought the average pay for the PA’s 8,169 employees to nearly six figures — $99,654 — in 2017, up 1.7 percent over 2016’s astronomical levels. [Read_more]