Foreign Policy

After Mike Calvey’s flawed trial, who will invest in Russia?

BY ELISABETH BRAW Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s trial and conviction in February this year were closely watched and condemned by a range of international organizations. Good. But a similarly important Russian trial has also ended in a conviction, and

Foreign Policy

Trade deficit with China grows by $158 billion

BY DEREK SCISSORS Remember when our trade deficit with China mattered? Half-year figures for Sino-American goods trade were published Friday, but you’re in good company if you missed it. It’s hard for the bilateral trade deficit to affect the US

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NYC retirees’ annual pension payments near $5 billion

Nearly five billion dollars in pension payments were made in 2020 to more than 150,000 members of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS), according to new data posted today at, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Among newly

City & Region

Empire Center recognized for exposing nursing home coverup

In recognition of the importance of government transparency, the Empire Center has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Bob Williams Award for Most Influential Research for its role in exposing the coverup of thousands of COVID-related deaths among New York’s

State Budget

Rec and restroom facility projects among fresh DASNY pork

A total of $87 million were steered to 174 new grants for local projects over the past ten months by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), according to data the Empire Center recently received under a FOIL request. The


WARREN: Opportunity in the American Rescue Plan

BY PETER WARREN Some New York local governments are soliciting input from residents as they decide how to spend billions in pandemic emergency dollars earmarked in March under the $2.1 trillion federal American Rescue Plan (ARP). It’s a chance to shore