Research Reports / Publications
Since 2003, the Division has been using the information OSC collects from local governments to produce research reports on major policy issues facing local governments and state policy-makers.
Research Brief: New York State School Aid: Two Perspectives [Released 03/14/16]
This report examines the recent history of school aid, highlighting the opportunities and
challenges presented by this year’s budget. The first section looks at aid from the school district
perspective, followed by a discussion in the context of New York’s overall budget.
read complete Research Brief on New York State School Aid: Two Perspectives - pdf]
OSC provides numerous publications for use by local government officials and others interested in government issues and finance.
2015 Annual Report on Local Governments [Released 02/04/16]
This report on New York State’s local governments describes the revenue and expenditure trends contributing to the budgetary challenges our counties, cities, towns, villages and school districts face and highlights some of the work the OSC is doing in the areas of policy research, auditing and training. [read complete 2015 Annual Report on Local Governments - pdf]
Local Government Management Guide: Wireless Technology and Security [Released 01/16]
There are steps that local governments and school districts can take to help mitigate the risks of using wireless technology. Although wireless environments and their related security systems can be quite complex, local governments can implement controls with relative ease and without incurring additional cost. [read complete Wireless Technology report - pdf]