Where were New Yorkers headed in the run-up to the pandemic?

BY E.J. McMAHON Since the late 1960s, New York’s primary export to the rest of the nation has been people, as reflected in federal data tracking population flows within and between states. The Empire State has lost a net 1,585,770 residents to

State Budget

For now, Cuomo is still managing the State budget process

BY E.J. McMahon With less than a month to go before the April 1 start of New York State’s 2022 fiscal year, Governor Cuomo has been politically wounded by the allegations of bullying and sexual harassment now being investigated by

State Budget

Seeking bigger federal handout, Cuomo proposes record budget

BY E.J. McMAHON Somewhere within that vast fog bank of a FY 2022 Executive Budget that Governor Cuomo began to roll out today is a structural budget gap, opened during the pandemic recession and temporarily obscured by piles of federal cash that


Pay freeze for State workers extended again—temporarily

BY E.J. McMAHON The Cuomo administration is quietly extending a temporary freeze on scheduled pay hikes for about 135,000 unionized state government employees and public college faculty members—although the largest affected labor union says it still expects those bucks to


How a blast from the past could save NYC again

BY E.J. McMAHON Forty-five years ago this month, then-Gov. Hugh L. Carey and the state Legislature passed a landmark law, the Financial Emergency Act, designed to rescue Gotham from imminent bankruptcy. The law created the state Financial Control Board as


The numbers debunk Cuomo’s SALT gripes

BY E.J. McMAHON For the better part of three years now, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been pounding SALT — the federal income-tax deduction for state and local taxes. After President Donald Trump signed the GOP-sponsored tax-reform bill in December 2017,

State Budget

New data confirm New York State’s Q1 economic plunge

BY E.J. McMAHON New York’s economy ended the first quarter of this year in virtual free fall, the latest federal data show. The Empire State’s real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased 8.2 percent in the first three months of 2020


NYC led the latest state population drop

BY E.J. McMAHON For a second consecutive year, New York’s population loss was mainly concentrated downstate, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates. During the 12-month period ending last July 1, the 50 counties of upstate New York lost 20,846

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What 2019’s census data tells us about New York

BY E.J. McMAHON The final set of pre-pandemic U.S. Census population data for cities, towns and villages provides localized details on a familiar New York pattern: widespread decline upstate, and a few small pockets of growth amid the general stagnation

State Budget

Cuomo keeps holding off on budget cuts

BY E.J. McMAHON On April 2, with New York’s COVID-19 curve still rising ominously, state lawmakers wrapped up a budget almost unchanged from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pre-pandemic January proposal. With the economy in a coma and revenues crashing, the plan obviously was