Month: July 2020
The Empire State has long asserted the right to tax nonresidents commuting to work in New York—even when their work is done at home. The payoff for Albany is huge: as of 2018, newly released state data show, nonresidents generated $7.4 billion in New York State personal income taxes, 15 percent of the total. Most of that came from people who were regular commuters before COVID-19 hit. Read More
In the midst of the constitutional showdown over his pandemic policies, Governor Cuomo made changes to a disputed Brooklyn 'cluster zone' that seemed to contradict his own declared guidelines. Read More
Two New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) plumbers each collected over $200,000 in overtime during New York City’s 2020 fiscal year ending June 30, according to payroll data added today to SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s government transparency website. Read More
Today’s news about criminal charges against five current and former MTA employees for alleged overtime fraud is a reminder that New Yorkers deserve to know how government spends every dollar. Read More
"Readers will recall that the Empire Center is the think tank that spent months trying to pry Covid data out of Mr. Cuomo’s government, which offered a series of unbelievable excuses for its refusal to disclose...five months after it sued the government, and one week after a state court ruled that the Cuomo administration had violated the law and ordered it to come clean—Team Cuomo finally started coughing up some of the records." -Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2021
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