New York City’s average compensation cost per municipal employee is $106,743, and has grown 63 percent since fiscal year 2000, according to a Citizens Budget Commission (CBC)
report released yesterday. While base pay has grown faster than inflation during the last eight years, the CBC analysis indicates that fringe benefits account for most of the increase.
Thanks to their expensive early-retirement pensions, cops and firefighters are the highest-priced city employees, as shown in this table from the report:
A searchable database of the names, titles and salaries of all individuals who worked for the city in fiscal year 2008 can be found at
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New York's exceptionally wealthy state tax base is also exceptionally fragile, due to its heavy dependence on the highly volatile (and portable) investment-driven incomes of Wall Street workers and fund managers.
Late Thursday, as hailed in this space, Mayor de Blasio finally made a decisive move—or at least seemed to make a move—in the direction of actually saving some money on labor costs by getting tough with a powerful (and powerfully self-entitled) municipal union.
Yesterday’s indictment of the state’s top construction union official on federal corruption charges raises a big question: if private companies are paying bribes to avoid having to work with certain construction unions, why is Governor Cuomo insisting that the state keep doing it?
Governor Cuomo has ordered local governments to “reinvent” their police departments or risk losing state and federal funding, but the back-up guidance from Cuomo's office sets up an arduous process that likely will conflict with other parts of state law.
To put it plainly, the guidance shows the state’s “New York Tough” governor won’t take on its police unions.
State lawmakers this week moved to make public construction more expensive in a bid to steer work to one of New York’s struggling construction unions.
New York City’s police department has come under criticism in recent days, with some city officials saying NYPD funding should be reduced. But many of the same New York City Council members parroting calls to “defund” the NYPD were just a year ago pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio to give city cops a big pay hike. It’s a reminder that New York’s elected officials, no matter how principled, routinely don’t want to say “no” to public-sector unions.
The full toll of the coronavirus pandemic in New York is likely thousands higher than the official death tallies, according to newly released federal data.
#NYCoronavirus: It's increasingly apparent that New York is suffering more severely from the coronavirus pandemic than any other part of the U.S. and most of the rest of the world – raising stark questions for city and state leaders.
What is it about New York, and especially New York City, that made it especially vulnerable to infection and death? And how can that be changed before the next virus breaks loose?