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The highest-paid local government employee in the region was Onondaga Community College Senior Vice President David W. Murphy, who was paid $195,462. The second highest-paid employee was Jason T. Stepkovitch, a psychiatrist who was paid $189,894 by Cortland County. Read More

The Center’s analysis revealed that all 11 of the highest-paid municipal employees in the North County (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties) were employed by Massena Memorial Hospital or Lewis County General Hospital; 10 of these employees had the same pay ($255,000) during this period. Read More

Responding to McMahon’s presentation will be a panel of local officials, including Mayor Ernest Davis (Mount Vernon), Mayor Noam Bramson (New Rochelle), Mayor Randy Sellier (Pelham Manor), Mayor Anne McAndrews (Larchmont), City Manager Al Gatta (Scarsdale) and Village Trustee Chris Reim (Pelham). Read More

Local governments should consider sharing services to help reduce costs and maintain services to residents, suggests a new report from the Empire Center for Public Policy. “Municipal Cooperation: Sharing Services in NY,” explores the different ways localities in New York can and do share services to save money. Read More

Average per-pupil spending under proposed 2014-15 school budgets will increase by 3.2 percent, more than one-and-a-half times the 1.9 percent projected inflation rate, according to analysis issued today by the Empire Center for Public Policy. Read More

Updated pension data for retired New York State public school teachers and administrators, released to the Empire Center pursuant to a landmark Court of Appeals ruling last week, were posted online today Read More

Boosted in many cases by enormous overtime totals, the average pay of employees at the bi-state Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is among the highest found in any of the region’s large public-sector employers, as reflected in 2013 payroll records posted today at, the Empire Center's transparency website... Read More