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Democrats Rebuke Votes For GOP Budget Bill

Oct 27, 2017
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Democratic congressional members along with top New York state elected officials are blasting the Republican budget bill that narrowly passed the House Thursday. The bill paves the way for a GOP tax plan that the Democrats say would decimate New York’s finances and negatively impact middle-class homeowners.

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Several New York Republicans broke with their party today, but the House of Representatives was still able to pass a $4 trillion budget that’s the first step in a major tax overhaul. The vote was 216-212. Among the Republicans voting against the budget plan, which clears the way for a $1.5 trillion tax cut package, were: Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district, John Katko of the 24th , Claudia Tenney of the 22nd and John Faso of the 19th. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, warned in a report Thursday that the elimination of deductions for state and local taxes would cost New Yorkers a combined $72 billion . Faso said in a statement that he couldn’t vote for a bill that “singled out for elimination the ability of New York families” to make such deductions.

Tough Decisions Ahead For New York's Budget

Oct 15, 2017
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New York state’s comptroller is siding with Governor Andrew Cuomo over concerns that federal health care cuts will damage New York’s budget, but he says the governor’s budget experts should have saved more money in rainy day funds.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has taken the wraps off a new savings plan for disabled people that allows them to save money without affecting their eligibility for benefits.

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At City Hall on Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan presented a proposed 2018 budget that once again hinges on $12.5 million in Capital City funding from the state.

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Fresh off the Democratic primary campaign, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled her 2018 proposed city budget this morning at City Hall.

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An annual review by the office of New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found the city of Albany ranked among the most financially troubled municipalities in the state.

The City of Troy has had its fiscal stress score lowered by the New York State Comptroller’s office after putting in place measures to control costs and boost revenue.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is sounding the fiscal alarm, saying the state could be headed toward increased financial challenges in the future.

A new audit from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development agency for failing to meet more than half of the reporting requirements for its highly touted tax credit and job creation programs.

In a month’s time, there have been two near misses concerning the transport of hazardous materials through the Hudson Valley. One was a freight train derailment in Newburgh along the Hudson River. The other: a barge that ran aground in the Hudson River near Catskill. Following the Newburgh incident, the New York state comptroller penned a letter to the federal transportation secretary with his concerns.

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New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says officials will be keeping an eye on tax collections during this holiday season after a slight dip in receipts. 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a 1,600-word statement last week outlining his priorities for various state-level ethics reforms for the upcoming legislative session that begins in January. This follows years of scandal at the state capitol in Albany, including a current investigation into the executive chamber. Part of Cuomo’s plan calls for new positions to oversee SUNY and CUNY contracts. That job used to belong to the New York state comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, who has had a testy relationship with the governor. DiNapoli is the guest on this week’s Capitol Connection with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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As Troy makes efforts to solve its latest financial crisis, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the New York state Comptroller's municipal audit of the Collar City.

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When Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his 2017 budget proposal in early October, it came with a hefty 28.2 percent property tax hike and a 17.5 percent sewer rate increase. With city officials divided over the spending plan, the New York state Comptroller has weighed in.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with a report on immigration in New York. Speaking with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas, DiNapoli notes immigrants have played a significant role in shoring up what would otherwise be flagging populations in several upstate cities, including Buffalo, Utica and across the Mohawk Valley.

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For one last night this election season, "debate watching" became the national pastime. All across America and here in New York, people gathered in living rooms and public places to watch the third and final presidential debate.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended a Democratic watch party in Albany. 

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An outside review of New York's $178 billion pension fund for public workers shows it has been managed responsibly for the past three years but needs more staff and higher pay to continue the quality performance and cut costs for outside advisers.

New York's comptroller says Best Buy and Nordstrom have agreed to increasingly use renewable energy in their operations and supply chains.

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New York state's comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents.

County Department Head Pleads Guilty To Stealing Funds

Feb 23, 2016

The former director of the Putnam County Department of Consumer Affairs has pleaded guilty to stealing cash from her department.

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The New York State Comptroller is out with an audit that shows the city of Troy's finances are in dire straits, thanks to poor budgeting, the overuse of rainy day funds to fund day-to-day operations, and insufficient funding for capital costs.

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A report issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows sales-tax collections for 2015 dropped in 30 of New York’s 57 counties outside New York City. While two Hudson Valley counties fit this profile, one bucked the trend well beyond its neighbors.

Ulster County had the third highest increase in sales-tax collections outside New York City last year. Brian Butry is a spokesman for the state comptroller.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Wednesday announced an agreement to convert an abandoned gas station in Dutchess County to community green space. The agreement between the New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund, or Oil Spill Fund, Dutchess County and the Town of Hyde Park is to convert an abandoned gas station on Route 9G in the town to green space. The Oil Spill Fund, which is administered by DiNapoli, has paid $500,000 for cleanup and petroleum remediation efforts at the gas station and neighboring properties dating back to 1978.

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently released his annual fiscal stress scores for school districts. A few in the Hudson Valley made the list, in varying degrees.

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The East Ramapo Central School District is the only one in the Mid-Hudson classified by the state comptroller’s office as being in “significant fiscal stress” and the state senator representing the area said something must be done about it.

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is out with his annual fiscal stress scores for school districts, and two in the Hudson Valley show large swings.

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New York ranks as the nation's number 2 state when it comes to money spent on hunting and fishing. That  figure comes from a new analysis released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Tuesday toured a high-tech company in Troy. Apprenda, a software firm whose headquarters are on River Street, has received $1.2 million in investments from the New York State Pension Fund’s in-state private equity investment program. DiNapoli, a Democrat, oversees the state pension fund. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the tour and a push this week for more infrastructure spending.

Problems persist within the long-troubled New York Racing Association’s financial planning operations, according to a recent audit by the office of New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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