New York’s Exploding Pension Costs

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany

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Tax-funded employer contributions to New York’s state and local government pension funds are about to rise sharply. What will be the impact on budgets, taxes and public services? Are New York’s public pensions adequately funded? What can be done to curb pension expenses while fairly balancing the interests of taxpayers and employees? We invite you to join us for the presentation of a new Empire Center report that seeks to answer these questions — culminating in a keynote from a Utah state lawmaker who has been a national leader in state pension reform.


E.J. McMahon
Senior Fellow
Empire Center – Manhattan Institute

Josh Barro
Walter B. Wriston Fellow
Manhattan Institute

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Responder Panel

Moderator: Bill Hammond

Hon. Rob Astorino
County Executive
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Hon. Stephanie A. Miner
City of Syracuse

Hon. Michael Benjamin
State Assemblyman
New York

Timothy G. Kremer
Executive Director
N.Y.S. School Boards Association

Stephen Madarasz
Communications Director
Civil Service Employees Association

Question & Answer
Bill Hammond – Moderator
New York Daily News


 Keynoter Speaker

Hon. Dan Liljenquist
State Senator