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Public Authorities

January 2017 —

New York’s public authorities carry out a wide range of essential activities. Drive along the Thruway, ride a subway, bus or commuter train, visit a public hospital, or simply turn on a light in a home or office – a public authority may be part of New Yorkers’ daily lives in these ways and many others.

Public Authorities, Transportation

June 2016 —

This report, one in a series of reports by Comptroller DiNapoli on public authorities in New York State, summarizes the revenues, expenditures, employment and certain other key data of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA).

Public Authorities

July 2015 —

Long Island utility customers have long paid some of the highest electricity prices in the country. Residents and businesses in the region have raised concerns about such costs, as well as management practices of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

Public Authorities

April 2015 —

The State has approximately 639 local authorities operating outside of New York City. These authorities generally operate without many of the constraints and controls over day-to-day operations required of municipal governments. OSC audits have helped to shine a light on questionable practices from board member compensation to the selection and results of economic development projects. OSC continues to advocate for express audit authority over LDCs and other not-for-profit local authorities, better reporting requirements for all local authorities and legislation to achieve more transparent results. 

Public Authorities

February 2015 —

New York’s State and local public authorities collectively spend nearly $60 billion annually. Their total debt outstanding, more than a quarter of a trillion dollars, equates to $13,013 for every New York resident.

Public Authorities

December 2014 —

New York’s State and local public authorities collectively spend nearly $60 billion annually. Their total debt outstanding, more than a quarter of a trillion dollars, equates to $13,013 for every New York resident.

Public Authorities

December 2013 —

State and local public authorities and related entities make up an increasingly large and influential sphere of government in New York State.

Public Authorities

August 2013 —

The Power Authority of the State of New York is the largest public power utility in the United States, and its operating expenditures ranked third among New York State authorities in 2012.

Public Authorities

June 2013 —

The Executive’s proposal could move toward increased private control over the provision of power on Long Island.

Public Authorities

March 2013 —

Growth in the number, cost and influence of public authorities has necessitated increased disclosure and oversight of their activities, which historically have been less transparent than those of State agencies.

Public Authorities

March 2013 —

Public authorities make up an increasingly large and influential sphere of government in New York State.

Public Authorities

October 2012 —

Growth in the number, cost and influence of public authorities has necessitated increased disclosure and oversight of their activities, which historically have been less transparent than those of State agencies.

Public Authorities

August 2012 —

In late May 2012, the New York State Thruway Authority announced that it was beginning the process of imposing a 45 percent average toll increase for larger commercial vehicles. This increase, intended to take effect on September 30, 2012, comes after the Thruway Authority has increased tolls for all classes of vehicles in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Public Authorities

December 2010 —

While LIPA appears to have adhered to established storm protocols in response to Hurricane Earl, opportunities exist to improve these policies and procedures.

Public Authorities

October 2010 —

The growth in the number, cost and influence of public authorities has necessitated increased oversight and disclosure of their activities.

Public Authorities

September 2010 —

Unlike the State and local governments, New York State’s public authorities are permitted to structure bond issues with the payment of principal heavily weighted to the end of the repayment schedule.

Public Authorities

March 2010 —

According to Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) records, there are currently 4,172 local government entities in New York. These include over 1,600 county, city, town and village governments, as well as 697 school districts and 872 fire districts. The nearly 1,000 other local government entities include libraries, community colleges, industrial development agencies and consolidated health districts, among others.