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November 2, 2016

Special Report: Central New York Region - Economic Profile [Released 11/02/16]

This report highlights the Central New York region’s geography, demographics, municipalities, economy and labor markets, and includes a discussion about what the future may hold for the region. [read complete Central New York Economic Profile - pdf]

October 6, 2016

Research Brief: Land Banks Enter the Fight Against Blight
This report explains what land banks are, discusses how they can help local governments cope with high concentrations of vacant and abandoned properties and identifies factors that could determine their long-term success. [read complete report on Land Banks - pdf]

September 27, 2016

Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Results for Municipalities: Three-Year Review
This report examines and summarizes notable trends in the fiscal scores of all New York counties, cities, towns and villages regardless of their fiscal year end dates, for the period 2013 to 2015. [read Three-Year Review for Municipalities - pdf]

August 4, 2016

Local Sales Tax Collections Slow in First Half of 2016
In the first half of 2016, total local sales tax collections in New York State grew by 1.7 percent, compared to the first half of 2015. Sales tax revenue increased in 34 of the 57 counties outside of New York City over this time period, with the Mid-Hudson region posting the strongest growth at 2.7 percent and Central New York experiencing the sharpest decline – 1.3 percent. [read complete Sales Tax Collections - pdf]

July 20, 2016

Special Report: Mid-Hudson Region - Economic Profile
Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan counties make up New York’s Mid-Hudson region. Much of the region is suburban, with greater development near the Hudson River, Metro-North railroad stations and major roadways into New York City. Economically, the Mid-Hudson region is relatively prosperous: county median incomes and property values are both well above the State and national averages as are the costs of living and doing business there. Current unemployment is below 5 percent in most of the counties, with a significant number of residents commuting to New York City. Recent economic development efforts have focused on attracting biotechnology and other high-tech manufacturing and on activities that take advantage of the region’s extensive road systems and generally well-developed infrastructure. [read complete Economic Profile - pdf]

June 22, 2016

Protecting Sensitive Data and Other Local Government Assets: A Non-Technical Cybersecurity Guide for Local Leaders
Audits conducted by OSC have shown that some types of weaknesses are persistently prevalent in local government and school district IT systems, regardless of the complexity or size of the system. This guide provides information for local leaders on some of the more common cybersecurity attacks and what can be done to help prevent a breach in the future. [read complete Cybersecurity Guide - pdf]

June 8, 2016

Annual Performance Report on New York State's Industrial Development Agencies - Fiscal Years Ending 2014
This report provides an analysis of annual financial data reported to the Office of the State Comptroller and the Authorities Budget Office by IDAs for fiscal year 2014, discusses regional impacts and highlights a new law championed by Comptroller DiNapoli, which increases transparency in IDA operations. [read complete Annual Performance Report - pdf]