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IDA Grants Tax Breaks for Delaware North Headquarters Move

6:41 PM, Nov 19, 2013

Despite being owned by one of the nation's wealthiest citizens, a Buffalo-bred company won hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax breaks to ensure it stays in the Queen City for the foreseeable future.

State Tax Commission: Offset Property/Income Tax Cuts With More Sales Tax

11:53 AM, Nov 16, 2013

Recommendations for property and income-tax breaks to lower-earning New Yorkers, involve raising other taxes which they also pay.

State Hires Headhunter To Recruit For Top Jobs

8:28 PM, Nov 12, 2013

Contract says state could spend up to $21 million over the next five years.

State Lawmakers Vow To Untangle Cancer Research Mess

6:34 PM, Oct 15, 2013

Since 2005, New York taxpayers have donated $1.8 million through their income tax returns to fight prostate cancer, but researchers have yet to see a dime.

You Paid For It: State Fair Restaurant

9:11 AM, Aug 13, 2013

What if New York State spent nearly one million taxpayer dollars renovating a restaurant, which it can't even open?

Outrage But No Action Over Silver's Legal Fees

4:01 PM, Jul 4, 2013

Taxpayers will have to cover the cost for Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's legal fees in a new lawsuit.

NYS Mistakenly Paid Jobless Benefits, Including to Dead People

5:54 PM, Jun 17, 2013

New York mistakenly paid out several million dollars in unemployments to people who should not have received them, including some people who were dead.

Report: Tonight Show Deal Done "Early On"

10:45 PM, Apr 3, 2013

There is more outrage over what some are calling the "Jimmy Fallon tax credit" in the state budget.

Gun Database to Cost Taxpayers $28 Million

5:47 PM, Mar 27, 2013

Part of NY SAFE Act, data base available to state police, but not the public.

Poloncarz Wants Audit of Sheriff Division Overtime

8:59 PM, Mar 18, 2013

County Comptroller calls request "hyper partisan politics".

Comptroller Calls it the "$100,000 Club"

6:37 PM, Mar 11, 2013

The Erie County Comptroller's office has put the County Executive and Legislature on notice about a recent audit. It revealed that 723-county employees cost taxpayers $100,000 more in salary, benefits, overtime, cash-outs and other costs.

Assessor Says NYS Sen. Young Not at Fault for 2nd STAR Exemption

6:04 PM, Mar 8, 2013

Says she had been unaware of improper tax exemption, has taken steps to correct error, and will pay back any monies owed.

Tackling Welfare Fraud

6:04 PM, Feb 21, 2013

Recent arrests of 14 suspects on charges of welfare fraud in Niagara County underscores problem of abuse of public assistance dollars.

Tonawanda Dept. Head Will Earn $98,000

8:48 AM, Feb 1, 2013

That's still less than Jeffrey Ehlers' predecessor made as director of the town's Department of Youth, Parks and Recreation.

State Ed. Department Staffs Up for Teacher Evaluation

7:33 PM, Jan 30, 2013

Just as many school districts rushed over the past few months to complete negotiated teacher evaluation plans, the state education department also had to hire additional staff to process all those plans with some rather high salaries.

State Fee on Car Insurance Bills: Where Does It Go?

8:12 PM, Jan 11, 2013

If you've paid your car insurance bill lately, you probably did not notice the $10 dollar fee that is tacked on for the "mandatory NY Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement Fee."

Tab for SUNY Conference Tops 300k

7:01 PM, Jan 7, 2013

Includes $37,000 cocktail reception. Extravagance? Or a prudent expense to help find long term solutions to soaring higher education costs?

As Pension Costs Grow, Some Local Governments Turn To Borrowing

12:51 PM, Jan 5, 2013

Some local governments plan to borrow to pay their pension bills this year as a way to stave off growing retiree costs.

2013 Legislative Calendar; Full-Time Pay for Part-Time Work?

6:54 PM, Jan 3, 2013

The 2013 legislative calendars for the State Senate and Assembly have been released, and once again lawmakers will be spending few days actually in session in Albany.

Buffalo School District Defends Travel Expenses

6:52 PM, Nov 29, 2012

A day after a report criticized its spending on travel, the Buffalo Public School District defended its expenses as necessary and oftentimes "mandated."

Report Says Buffalo Schools Spent $2.7 Million Last Year On Cosmetic Surgery

11:53 PM, Nov 28, 2012

A new report from a conservative non-profit says Buffalo spent nearly $3 million last fiscal year on cosmetic procedures for district employees who receive the free coverage.

You Paid For It: Cuomo Aide Fired in Sandy Flap

6:03 PM, Nov 8, 2012

A state official says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired his emergency management director for diverting crews to remove a tree from his driveway during Superstorm Sandy.

Some of NY's Highest Paid Teachers (outside NYC) are in WNY

10:20 AM, Oct 23, 2012

Business First is out with its latest rankings regarding schools, with a look at teacher salaries in Upstate New York.

Tollpayers Taking a Ride on the Erie Canal

1:16 PM, Oct 15, 2012

As the state Thruway Authority ponders a steep toll hike on commercial trucks traveling by land, lawmakers and business lobbyists say it's time for motorists to stop footing the bill for those traveling by water.

Local Gov't Workers Received Taxpayer-Funded Bonuses

12:06 PM, Aug 9, 2012

In 2011 taxpayers footed the bill for big bonuses for government workers, some of whom are located here in Buffalo.

SUNY Universities Spend On Trips, Meals

11:38 PM, Jul 30, 2012

The largest single tab was $30,460 to feed the SUNY Buffalo football team during its two-week training camp last year.

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