Hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars goes towards cars for state Assembly members. Last year, the state spent almost $300,000 of your tax money on cars issued to members of the state Assembly. There are 11 elected Assembly members, eight Repu Read More
State lawmakers have been dipping into a new fund of legislative earmarks, spending millions of dollars on everything from renovating parks and playgrounds to hotels over the last three years. Read More
The New York State Assembly spent $325,404 in taxpayer funds to purchase, maintain and fuel vehicles for use by members and staff during its most recent six-month reporting period, according to expenditure data added today to SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Read More
New York State’s $1 billion capital project slush fund is dispensing borrowed money across the state outside public scrutiny, but two local governments have inadvertently given New Yorkers a glimpse of its inner workings. Read More
The Cuomo administration and the state Legislature have begun dishing out grants from a secretive $1.1 billion capital slush fund—all of which will be borrowed money—with no disclosure of project sponsorship or award criteria. Read More
The state Assembly has not released expenditure reports for a full year, according to the Empire Center for Public Policy. The reports included details of members per diem reimbursements. But the last one made public was for the period ending in March of 2014. The Empire Center's Executive Director, Tim Hoefer, joined us to discuss this lack-of-transparency issue. Read More
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