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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...

The Journal News gathered data from municipalities in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam on the number of local government employees who have been injured or fallen ill on the job. Find the number of cases in each municipality along with the...

The average salary for public employees in local governments grew 2 percent to 4 percent over the past year, but the number of employees dropped 3.4 percent as governments trimmed their workforces in the face of budget cuts.The number of employees...

At an average gross salary of $112,000, State Police officers constitute the highest paid department in the executive branch -- and are eclipsed only by judges in state government. The average includes all ranks; troopers alone made an average...

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