Reports

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Environment

March 2018 —

Recent actions at the federal level to undercut crucial environmental protections remind us once again that we can’t take our environmental quality and successes over the past decades for granted.

Budget & Finances, Environment

March 2018 —

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the legislation that created New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) – a development well worth noting. The Fund is one of the State’s most important vehicles for making capital investments to preserve open space, protect water quality, and improve parks and waterfronts all across New York.

Economy

February 2018 —

New York City is undergoing its largest and longest job expansion since World War II. More than 700,000 jobs have been added during the past eight years (a gain of nearly 19 percent), pushing employment to uncharted levels.

Budget & Finances

February 2018 —

The federal government has long been a key partner in New York State’s efforts to deliver essential public services.

Budget & Finances, Economy

February 2018 —

Property tax exemptions can be a valuable tool to improve the affordability of housing for certain populations, fuel economic growth or encourage the adoption of energy-smart technologies. This report examines the amount and variety of property tax exemptions in New York State outside of New York City. It also looks at the specific points in the process where local governments can exercise some discretion, including the types of exemptions offered, how to ensure that exemptions are properly awarded and the use of alternative methods for raising revenue.

Budget & Finances

January 2018 —

Local sales tax collections for calendar year 2017 totaled $16.6 billion, an increase of $620 million, or 3.9 percent, from the previous year. This marks the highest year-over-year growth since 2013. 

Budget & Finances, Education

January 2018 —

The Office of the New York State Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System (FSMS) measures fiscal stress in school districts each year. This report summarizes results of school district scores for the 2016-17 school fiscal year, the fifth annual release of FSMS scores.

Health & Welfare

January 2018 —

Every day, New York City’s eight million residents face a mix of urban noise—street traffic, construction, emergency vehicles, buses, subways and air traffic are just a few examples—which, at best, poses an annoyance and, at worst, impacts quality of life.

Pension & Retirement

January 2018 —

These reports provide the public with a clear view of New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) management and investments.

Education

January 2018 —

Special education programs fulfill a great need across New York State, providing our youngest citizens with disabilities a quality learning experience that addresses their individual differences and needs.

Budget & Finances, Economy

December 2017 —

On November 21, 2017, the City of New York released a modification (see Figure 1) to its fouryear financial plan covering fiscal years 2018 through 2021 (“the November Plan”). The November Plan includes modest changes to the City’s revenue and expenditure forecasts for FY 2018 based on trends during the first four months of the fiscal year, a citywide savings program, and savings from better-than-expected pension fund investment earnings in FY 2017.

Economy

December 2017 —

East Harlem, located in northeastern Manhattan, has one of the largest Puerto Rican communities in New York City.

Spanish

Budget & Finances

December 2017 —

Across New York State, we hear calls for investment in essential public infrastructure.

Budget & Finances, Infrastructure, Transportation

November 2017 —

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is the largest mass transit agency in the nation, providing services to nearly one-third of the nation’s mass transit commuters.

Health & Welfare

November 2017 —

Homelessness is a troubling, chronic problem nationally and in New York State. Veterans of U.S. military service have made up a disproportionate share of our nation’s homeless population.

Budget & Finances

November 2017 —

This Report on Estimated Receipts and Disbursements for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017-18 through SFY 2019-20, issued pursuant to Section 23 of the State Finance Law, is intended to enhance analysis and discussion of the State’s economic condition and the State Budget.

Budget & Finances

October 2017 —

Receipts from All Governmental Funds (All Funds) totaled $76.6 billion through the first half of the fiscal year, an increase of $1.5 billion or 2 percent over the same period in SFY 2016- 17.

Wall Street

October 2017 —

Since the 2008 financial crisis, New York City’s economy has become more diversified and less dependent on the securities industry.

Federal Issues

October 2017 —

It’s been said that the only certain things in life are death and taxes. But when leaders in Washington make sweeping promises about the benefits of “tax reform,” we can be certain of at least one other thing – the need to look very carefully at the numbers.

Economy

October 2017 —

This report highlights the North Country region's geography, demographics, municipalities, economy and labor markets, and includes a discussion about what the future may hold for the region.