Press Releases

Following the agency’s illegal refusal to turn over basic data, the Empire Center for Public Policy today filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Kings County against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) over the Authority’s failure to follow the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Read More

A proposal to mandate the use of biodiesel in home heating oil in New York would raise consumer costs while reducing overall energy efficiency, according to a report jointly released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy and the Manhattan Institute. Read More

Per-pupil spending in the 669 school districts outside New York’s five largest cities will climb next year by 2.5 percent, nearly twice the projected inflation rate, according to an analysis released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy. The analysis indicates that school districts' per-pupil property tax levies will increase by 2.1 percent in 2015-16. Read More

The New York State Senate spent $332,419 over a six-month period on offices vacated by two senators who had resigned, according to data posted today on, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More

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