Press Releases

Brodsky and McMahon: Use Windfall Funds to Fix MTA, Roads | Press Releases

Former Assembly member Richard Brodsky and the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon have sent a joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, legislative leaders and the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), urging the state to redirect up to $4 billion in unspent financial penalty settlement funds to help finance desperately needed subway repairs as well as highway and bridge work. [Read_more]

Lawmakers Take Taxpayers for Another Ride | Press Releases

A $500,000 grant to support a solar-powered carousel in Buffalo—raising that project’s total taxpayer subsidy to more than $1 million—was among the 1,782 local pork barrel projects awarded grants by state lawmakers in the final hours of this week’s legislative session, as documented in data posted today on, the Empire Center’s transparency website. [Read_more]

Health + Hospitals Payroll Hits $2.9 Billion | Press Releases

The 48,346-employee payroll of New York City’s fiscally stressed Health and Hospitals Corporation swelled to $2.9 billion last year, a 16 percent jump from $2.5 billion in 2014, according to data added today to, the Empire Center’s transparency website. [Read_more]

School Districts Pushing The Limit | Press Releases, Reports

Nearly half of the 669 school districts seeking voter approval for budgets on Tuesday, May 16 are presenting spending plans that call for increasing property taxes as high as the 2011 property tax cap law allows, according to an analysis released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy. [Read_more]

Eight MTA Employees Top $200K—In Overtime | Press Releases

Eight employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) were paid more than $200,000 in overtime last year, part of a general surge in MTA overtime in 2016, according to data posted today on, the Empire Center’s transparency website. [Read_more]

Port Authority Cops Load Up on OT | Press Releases

Port Authority of NY and NJ police department employees collected an average of $34,662 in overtime during 2016, up from $29,931 the year before, according to payroll data added today to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website. [Read_more]

Medicaid “block-granting” impact on NY could vary | Press Releases

Federal “block-granting” of Medicaid could have outcomes ranging from a multi-billion dollar gain to a multi-billion loss for New York’s $63 billion program, depending on how such a reform is designed, according to an analysis by the Empire Center’s health policy director, Bill Hammond. [Read_more]
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