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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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Read details of animal bites and wildlife encounters in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam in the table below.

Below are proposed premium rate adjustments for 2016 according to the Department of Financial Services. Requests include health plans sold to individuals and small groups, including on the Affordable Care Act state-run marketplace here: New...

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...

Coronary stent procedures’ cost can vary widely among hospitals, but Medicare generally pays at least $15,000 per treatment, according to an analysis of 2012 federal data by The Journal News.

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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....

Attendance at New York's state’s parks rose 3.2 percent in 2014, an increase of 1.9 million visitors compared to 2013. According to totals obtained by the Gannett Albany Bureau, overall attendance has increased by 4.5 million since 2009. The...

About 60 past and present NFL players are natives of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.

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...

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