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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...

The New York state Education Department released the 2014-15 test scores for students in grades three to eight for English language arts (ELA) and math. For the third year, the tests students took were based on a new, more challenging...

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...

The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency may be called that because it is charged with spurring job creation and business investment locally via tax breaks and other incentives. But most projects in our area that benefit from taxpayer...

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 Democrat and Chronicle worked in conjunction with ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation to commission a poll of Monroe County residents on racial opinions. Siena College Research Institute conducted the survey Dec. 4-12,...

A guide to the 2015 farmers markets in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Livingston and Genesee counties.

This table breaks down sworn police department personnel, by county, by year, race and ethnicity from 2009 to 2013. The data was collected by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Agencies that did not report for a...

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....

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...

A sweeping indictment unsealed November 6, 2013 charges four individuals, including the husband of County Executive Maggie Brooks, in an alleged scheme to rig contracts for Monroe County projects for connected vendors, steal money through those...

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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