Reports

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Budget & Finances, Infrastructure, Transportation

November 2022 —

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has long faced difficulties closing projected budget gaps, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic, necessitating an unprecedented level of federal funding to maintain service operations. The MTA had been previously encouraged to examine cost and revenue efficiencies but those alone are unlikely to close the more than $2.5 billion annual gap that will remain when federal pandemic relief is exhausted in 2025, forcing the MTA to lay out savings and revenue options for its stakeholders to consider.

Economy

November 2022 —

New York’s labor force is one of the nation’s largest, but it decreased by 1% between 2011 and 2021 while the rest of the nation increased by 5.1%. DiNapoli’s report assess the pandemic's impact and long-term trends in the workforce, including by age, education level, race and ethnicity, disability, and unionization status. While New York’s labor force is large, diverse and well-educated, attention should be paid to its underlying structure to attract and retain workers.

Economy

November 2022 —

Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 14.1% in October compared to the same month in 2021. Overall, local collections totaled $1.75 billion, up $217 million compared to the same time last year.

Regional Table [.xlsx]

Economy

November 2022 —

Attrition outpaces hiring among New York City’s municipal workforce, which could have an impact on critical City services and programs. The City’s full-time workforce declined by 19,113 employees over the last two years, the largest decline in staffing since the Great Recession of 2008. Despite the City hiring over 40,000 new employees in the last fiscal year, City job vacancies stand at more than 21,000.

Education

November 2022 —

New York’s "Big Five" school districts in New York City, Yonkers, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester received $8.6 billion in federal pandemic relief funds, but there are sizeable differences in how school districts are using the funds. New York City has directed a smaller share of its total allocation toward addressing the academic impacts of the pandemic. The City, and all districts, can improve reporting linking educational outcomes for all of its students with their use of these historic federal education funds.

Budget & Finances

November 2022 —

The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) prepares this report as part of the “Quick Start” process established in State Finance Law. The report includes revenue and spending projections through SFY 2024-25.

Health & Welfare

November 2022 —

Drug overdose fatalities surged during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York State, with opioid-related overdose deaths increasing by 68% to nearly 5,000 individuals from 2019 to 2021. The surge is largely due to a sharp increase in deaths from opioids related to illicit fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids. This report outlines long-term trends and recent developments in the battle to save lives from being lost prematurely to substance use disorder.

Budget & Finances, Infrastructure, Transportation

October 2022 —

Ten years ago, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York, causing catastrophic devastation to Long Island and New York City. One of the key organizations involved in the recovery and the planning of responses to future climate events is the MTA, whose assets were substantially impacted by the storm. This analysis tracks MTA’s progress on projects focused on rebuilding and strengthening elements affected by Superstorm Sandy and discusses what more can be done to better protect the system from new disasters.

Wall Street

October 2022 —

Following near-record profitability in 2020, securities industry pretax profits rose even further in 2021. As federal stimulus actions have wound down, profits in 2022 are returning to pre-pandemic levels. New York State and City are reliant on tax revenues from the industry and must be cautious in managing their budgets given continued uncertainty in the financial markets. Though national sector employment has grown recently, the City’s share of national sector employment continued to decline slightly.

Economy

October 2022 —

Homeownership can provide economic benefits, but New York State has the lowest homeownership rate in the nation, driven by low rates in New York City. New York also has a racial and ethnic ownership disparity that is higher than the rest of the country. Reducing inequities in real estate practices and boosting homeownership should be important priorities for maintaining New York’s competitiveness as a place of opportunity.

Economy

October 2022 —

Employee ownership (EO) arrangements provide employees with a defined stake in the companies they work for and can impact business owners and individual workers positively. This report examines the prevalence of employee-owned firms in New York and provides options for policymakers to consider for educating businesses, workers, and communities on the benefits and drawbacks associated with EO.

Economy

October 2022 —

Technology sector employment in New York City increased by 33.6% (43,430 jobs) from 2016 to 2021 to reach a record high of 172,570 jobs. The city’s private sector lost 3.3% of jobs during this same period. Businesses in the tech sector also grew, accounting for 22.3 percent of the City’s total private firms added during the same period. Most of these firms consisted of fewer than 10 employees and contributed to the citywide growth in microbusinesses during the pandemic.

Budget & Finances, Transportation

October 2022 —

Over the last year, the fiscal position of the MTA has deteriorated, as transit ridership continued to lag at the low end of the authority’s projections. The MTA has two years to bring back riders and rebuild fare revenue before federal aid runs out. In the meantime, it must develop plans to cover budget gaps that start at $2.5 billion in 2025.

Budget & Finances

September 2022 —

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provided $350 billion in additional fiscal relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, and the finances of state and local governments, individuals and businesses. This report examines how New York City and other local governments across the country used the first of two partial payments of these funds, totaling nearly $224 billion.

Economy

September 2022 —

New Yorkers and consumers across the nation are experiencing growing household debt. The average household debt in New York climbed to a new high of $53,830 at the end of 2021. While New Yorkers trail the national average debt burden ($55,810), student loan and credit card debt per capita were well above the national average, with student loan balances 335% higher than they were in 2003.

Economy

September 2022 —

Local sales tax collections in New York state increased by 12.6% statewide in August compared to the same month in 2021. Statewide local collections totaled $1.7 billion, up nearly $192 million from the same time last year.

Regional Table [.xlsx]

Economy, Neighborhood Profile

September 2022 —

Communities in the Rockaways were some of the hardest hit by the pandemic. Despite the challenges, local economic indicators have slowly improved as the pandemic has worn on, with the number of Rockaways businesses growing in 2020 and 2021. Since the City’s reopening following the height of the pandemic, local stakeholders in the Rockaways have made concerted efforts to promote economic recovery and improved environmental conditions, with a focus on mitigating the impact of extreme climate events.

Fraud & Waste

September 2022 —

The New York State Legislature amended the State Finance Law in 2015 by adding a new Section 8-c providing for the establishment of a statewide electronic system to help detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in government spending and to help avoid improper payment of public funds.

Health & Welfare

September 2022 —

MetroPlus Health Plan, a subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), offers low cost to no cost health insurance coverage to eligible New Yorkers. In June 2022, enrollment reached a record high, which can be attributed to conditions and policy changes spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes in MetroPlus enrollment have a direct impact on H+H's financial stability. As more of its members choose H+H as a provider, the hospital system generates more revenue.

Unclaimed Funds

August 2022 —

Despite the many challenges we all faced last year, State Fiscal Year 2021-22 was another productive year for the Office of Unclaimed Funds, returning $404 million to rightful owners.