Employee overtime at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) decreased by more than $100 million last year, according to payroll data posted today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s government transparency website. But while the $1.24 billion in overtime was 8 percent below the 2018 record level of $1.35 billion, it was still 46 percent higher than in 2014. Read More
Payroll for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in calendar year 2019 increased by more than $150 million, according to data released today on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More
New York’s governor and state lawmakers dished out $120 million for local projects favored by state lawmakers through the state Dormitory Authority in the last twelve months, according to data posted today on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s government transparency website. Read More
Maximum eligible pension benefits for retirees of the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) increased by $135 million in 2019 over the previous year, even though some payments to retired corrections officers were left out of the data for the first time, according to data posted today at SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More
The number of New York public-sector early retirees allowed to collect both a state or local government paycheck and a full public pension benefit grew by over 4 percent from July 2018 to July 2019, according to data posted today on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More
New York’s most comprehensive online database of state and local government contracts has been updated with the latest employment agreements for school superintendents on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More
Ruling in favor of the Empire Center, a state Supreme Court judge in Albany has ordered the Cuomo administration’s energy and environmental agencies to release a supposedly incomplete "comprehensive study" of how to meet the governor's aggressive renewable energy goals. Read More
Chris Kendall of Madison County and Jacob Rieper of Columbia County are the DeregulateNY contest grand prize winners. Both nominated an antiquated state law requiring new limited liability companies (LLCs) to buy ads announcing a “notice of organization” for six weeks in two local newspapers, one weekly and one daily. This routinely adds several hundred to several thousand dollars to the cost of starting a business. Read More
The state Legislature should join Governor Cuomo in resisting and rejecting proposals to further increase state taxes on New York’s highest earners, E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center testified to the joint legislative fiscal committees today. Read More
The number of six-figure pensions paid to retired New York City education professionals has increased more than fivefold in the past decade, according to data posted today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More
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