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The Start-Up NY initiative,created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and heavily promoted in TV ads, creates tax-free zones for 10 years for businesses that locate on or near college campuses, focused mainly on upstate New York. The 128 companies enrolled...

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...

How much does Medicare reimburse a doctor? That depends on many factors such as: the type of service, whether it’s simple or complex, even whether the doctor is billing only for the service or also is billing for the technology to perform the...

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 has become a national leader in tax breaks for the film industry. Here’s a list of the nearly 700 projects that have applied for and received tax credits since the film-tax-credit program started in 2004. Records were obtained by...

The poll of 500 registered voters in the Monroe County was conducted from October 13 to October 16, 2014 for Voice of the Voter by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. The margin for error is plus or minus 4.5%. Voice of the...
We asked candidates in more than 30 contested races in Monroe County to respond to 11 questions from our 2014 Voice of the Voter poll. The full text of each candidate's response is available below. Click here to view an interactive summary of...
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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