Investigations

Exposés, reports
and analysis.

Outrages & Insights

Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney

GreenPost

Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

Apr
04

Pretty good pay for a part-time job

At $79,500, New York legislators are the third-highest-paid state lawmakers in the nation. And then there’s the stipends and per diems they pay themselves. The Albany Times Union has the details.

Apr
03

Ending “socialism for the rich”

Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston outlines how to revise the tax code to stop subsidizing corporations and the super rich and get the economy back on its feet.

Apr
03

Pork by another name

Buffalo and Grand Island schools get a slice of pork, called ‘”bullet aid” in the new state budget. Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders insist there’s no pork in the budget, but $30 million is school aid is assigned in a manner very similar to member earmarks under previous administrations.

Mar
29

Super PAC rule breaking, self dealing

ProPublica investigation raises “the specter that groups may be working together in ways that violate the rules, campaign finance experts said. We also found instances in which overseers of some political action committees directed hefty fees to their own companies, a legal form of self-dealing.”

Mar
29

Heaney’s column in Artvoice

Higgins would have to pull a Chris Lee to lose his job. Hochul would have to pull, well, a Hochul to keep hers.

Mar
26

Even the Chamber supports IDA reform

Momentum grows for clipping wings of town IDAs that grant tax breaks other governments have to live with

Mar
22

Disabled, mentally ill face “needless risk of harm”

Serious problems found at all six state agencies providing residential services throughout New York.

Mar
21

Taking aim at suburban IDAs

Assemblyman Sean Ryan, with backing of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, is drafting bill to limit tax breaks IDAs can offer.