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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...

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...

State lawmakers receive millions of dollars a year in reimbursements for travel and daily stipends for every day they are at the state Capitol. The amount of the per diems are set by federal law, but it's the lawmakers themselves who report how...

The STAR Rebate plan passed by the state Legislature in 2016 will provide a check for $130 for eligible STAR and Enhanced STAR recipients downstate, and $185 upstate. From 2017 to 2019, the checks will be a percentage of your annual STAR...

Municipalities in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties have a mixed history when it comes to abiding by the tax cap. Below is how they have voted when residents have been asked whether to override the cap.

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The overuse of costly cardiac exams and surgeries has resulted in the investigation of more fraud cases involving multi-million dollar settlements, figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General shows...

New York’s nearly 700 school districts are proposing an average spending increase of 1.9 percent and a tax levy increase of 1.6 percent as they go out for a public vote on May 19, according to records released by the state Education Department....

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has limited so-called pork barrel spending by state lawmakers since he took office, but some of it lives on. Millions of dollars for pet projects in lawmakers’ hometown districts continue to be doled out through unused pots of...

New York sent out 2.3 million checks, valued at a total of $222 million, as part of Gov. Cuomo’s tax-freeze rebate program in 2014. Co-op owners received a flat payment, based on 60 percent of a school district’s average checks, regardless as...

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