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The New York state comptroller's office is overseeing $15 billion dollars worth of unclaimed funds. Banks, insurance companies, and other institutions are required to turn over the contents of inactive or abandoned accounts. More than 37...

The table below shows individual contributions made by New York state residents to the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential campaigns. It contains information on more than 170,000 contributions made between January 1, 2015 and August...

Rising government contributions to the state pension system are drawing increased attention to operations of the $129 billion fund. This database covers more than 335,000 retirees from agencies and local governments in New York state whose...

The number of state workers earning more than $100,000 jumped 8 percent between 2014 and 2015 and is up 49 percent since 2008. The database below lists every state employee who received gross pay totaling at least $100,000 during any of the...

Nearly one hundred thousand organizations in New York state have qualified for tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. This database contains information on each of those organizations based on the most recent IRS disclosures. ...

The number of state employees collecting both a salary and a state pension dropped pretty significantly, from 2,636 in 2015 to 1,830 in 2016. In 2013, the number was 2,800, according to data obtained from the state Comptroller’s Office. ...

New York state's indiustrial development agencies give tax breaks to private companies every year, part of an economic machine that promises to create thousands of new jobs in return. In 2015, the system of more than 100 local, quasi-public...

New York spends $420 million a year -- more than any state in the nation -- to provide tax breaks to films and TV shows in New York. The state began issuing quarterly reports detailing which productions had received these incentives in 2014....

Every year, hundreds of U.S. territories, counties, cities, towns and villages – from Alaska to Florida – are compensated for the presence of federal lands within their boundaries. These payments are meant to offset revenue that is lost because...

The New York State Department of Health, and Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, oversees billions of dollars of prescription drug transactions. Doctors, pharmacies and other health care providers report information to the state agency as part of...

New York state employed more than 305,000 individuals in 2016, spending more than $15.9 billion in worker salaries. The database below contains information on every person who worked for the state as provided by the Comptroller's Office.

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A Journal News survey of elected Republican officials in the Lower Hudson Valley, conducted in late October 2016, found just 41 percent backed Donald Trump for president. This database contains the results of that survey.

The number of New Yorkers making $200,000 or more increased by roughly 74,000 between 2008 and 2013. A total of 394,957 taxpayers earned more than $200,000 in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available from the state Department of...

State lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo quietly stashed away $1.2 billion for pet projects, and they are starting to spend it – on hometown initiatives, including in the Hudson Valley, Southern Tier and western New York. All told, $187 million...

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