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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employed the three highest-paid police officers in New York State during 2014, new data show. Read More

The number of retirees eligible for six-figure pensions from New York’s two teacher retirement systems nearly tripled between 2009 and 2014, according to new pension data posted today on Read More

At least 25 public employees in New York state were paid more than $500,000 during their employer’s most recently reported fiscal year, according to data posted today on, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More

The Empire Center for Public Policy is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit initiated by New York City firefighter unions in an attempt to block the release of pension recipients’ names alongside individual pension benefit amounts. Read More

Albany and Binghamton topped the list for property taxes in the 2014 update of Benchmarking New York, the Empire Center web tool that connects users with tax, spending and debt data from local governments outside New York City. Read More

Eighty-five percent of the websites for New York’s largest local governments and school districts are failing to provide taxpayers with basic, easy-to-find information, according to the 2014 SeeThroughNY Local Government Website Report Card, released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy. Read More

A list of 8,155 people paid by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (SUNY) in fiscal year 2014 (ending June 30) has been posted at, the government transparency website of the Empire Center for Public Policy. Read More


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