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The Buffalo News
Starpoint blasts state audit on alleged overtaxation by school districtPENDLETON – Starpoint Central on Tuesday became the second Niagara County schoo
Starpoint blasts state audit on alleged overtaxation by school district
The Buffalo News / Posted 17 hours ago
PENDLETON – Starpoint Central on Tuesday became the second Niagara County school district this year to be accused in a state audit of overtaxing its residents, but the school isn’t taking the accusation lying down. In a blistering response letter to... Read more
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Elmira Star-Gazette
Sales tax collections lag upstateSales tax collections in Upstate New York matched the rate of inflation in 2015
Sales tax collections lag upstate
Elmira Star-Gazette / Posted yesterday
Sales tax collections in Upstate New York matched the rate of inflation in 2015, a report released Monday by the state comptroller’s office shows, as regions outside New York City continued to lag in year-over-year growth. While the state overall... Read more
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News 10 NBC Rochester
NYS Exposed: Why would NYS force an elected official to collect two taxpayer funded paychecks?State law requires the state comptroller’s office to pay people who don't even
NYS Exposed: Why would NYS force an elected official to collect two taxpayer funded paychecks?
News 10 NBC Rochester / Posted 2 days ago
State law requires the state comptroller’s office to pay people who don't even want their pension. We asked why and what should be done about it. This debate centers around one man, Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway. When he was running for... Read more
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The Buffalo News
School districts struggle with tax cap vs. mandated cost increaseALBANY – Under New York’s tax cap, the state’s nearly 700 school districts coll
School districts struggle with tax cap vs. mandated cost increase
The Buffalo News / Posted 3 days ago
ALBANY – Under New York’s tax cap, the state’s nearly 700 school districts collectively will be able to raise their property tax levy by a total of just $25 million this year, education officials say. That works out to an average of roughly $35,000... Read more
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Connecticut Post
Detective chauffeurs Ganim aroundBRIDGEPORT - The city viewed through the lens of Joe Ganim’s successful comebac
Detective chauffeurs Ganim around
Connecticut Post / Posted 3 days ago
BRIDGEPORT - The city viewed through the lens of Joe Ganim’s successful comeback campaign last year was a dangerous one, plagued by homicides and non-fatal gunplay that required stronger executive leadership. But dangerous enough that the returned... Read more
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The Buffalo News
School districts struggle with tax cap vs. mandated cost increaseALBANY – Under New York’s tax cap, the state’s nearly 700 school districts coll
School districts struggle with tax cap vs. mandated cost increase
The Buffalo News / Posted 4 days ago
ALBANY – Under New York’s tax cap, the state’s nearly 700 school districts collectively will be able to raise their property tax levy by a total of just $25 million this year, education officials say. That works out to an average of roughly $35,000... Read more
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WGRZ-TV Buffalo
Legislative squabble threatens pension-stripping planALBANY -- Few concepts in Albany have more widespread support: Stripping public
Legislative squabble threatens pension-stripping plan
WGRZ-TV Buffalo / Posted 4 days ago
ALBANY -- Few concepts in Albany have more widespread support: Stripping public officials of their retirement benefits if they’re convicted of a crime related to their work. Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $682,000 a year in payments to 16... Read more
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Boston Globe
State House agency fails to properly record artwork, audit findsTwenty portraits, plaques, and sculptures the Massachusetts State House acquire
State House agency fails to properly record artwork, audit finds
Boston Globe / Posted 5 days ago
Twenty portraits, plaques, and sculptures the Massachusetts State House acquired for its art collection since 2001 were improperly appraised or recorded, the state auditor’s office has found. The works, including portraits of former governors and... Read more
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The Register NorthJersey.com
N.J.’s acting attorney general stepping down to become Rutgers counselJohn J. Hoffman, the state’s acting attorney general, announced Thursday that h
N.J.’s acting attorney general stepping down to become Rutgers counsel
The Register NorthJersey.com / Posted 5 days ago
John J. Hoffman, the state’s acting attorney general, announced Thursday that he will step down next month to become the new general counsel at Rutgers University. Hoffman has been the state’s top law enforcement officer since June 2013, overseeing... Read more
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NJ Biz
N.J.'s acting attorney general joining Rutgers' administrationNew Jersey's longtime acting attorney general, John J. Hoffman, is headed to th
N.J.'s acting attorney general joining Rutgers' administration
NJ Biz / Posted 5 days ago
New Jersey's longtime acting attorney general, John J. Hoffman, is headed to the world of academia. Hoffman, who has served as acting attorney general since June 2013, has been named Rutgers University’s senior vice president and general counsel,... Read more
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The Suffolk Times
New Suffolk school district found ‘susceptible’ to fiscal stressA New York state comptroller’s report has designated the tiny New Suffolk Schoo
New Suffolk school district found ‘susceptible’ to fiscal stress
The Suffolk Times / Posted 6 days ago
A New York state comptroller’s report has designated the tiny New Suffolk School as “susceptible to financial stress” based on a lack of reserves. According to the 2015 report, the district earned the designation — which indicates the district may... Read more
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Daily Chronicle
Make results worth the waitWhen government wastes the people’s money, that’s bad enough. But when it wast
Make results worth the wait
Daily Chronicle / Posted 6 days ago
When government wastes the people’s money, that’s bad enough. But when it wastes the people’s time, that’s worse. At first, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s early January announcement that it would delay income tax refund payments to fight... Read more
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The Riverhead News-Review
School superintendents push back at comptroller’s claim of fiscal troublesAfter years of sterling fiscal health reviews, both Riverhead and Shoreham-Wadi
School superintendents push back at comptroller’s claim of fiscal troubles
The Riverhead News-Review / Posted 6 days ago
After years of sterling fiscal health reviews, both Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River school districts have been designated as “susceptible to financial stress” by the state comptroller’s office, which said the two districts are in danger of... Read more
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Northwest Herald
Make results worth the waitWhen government wastes the people’s money, that’s bad enough. When it wastes th
Make results worth the wait
Northwest Herald / Posted 6 days ago
When government wastes the people’s money, that’s bad enough. When it wastes the people’s time, that’s worse. At first, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s early January announcement that it would delay income tax refund payments to fight fraud... Read more
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Times Newsweekly
HOMELESS SHELTERS ENRICHING LANDLORDS Since taking office more than two years ago, Mayor de Blasio and the Departme
HOMELESS SHELTERS ENRICHING LANDLORDS
Times Newsweekly / Posted 6 days ago
Since taking office more than two years ago, Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) have converted at least nine hotels into homeless shelters, most of them in Queens and Brooklyn. There... Read more
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Wilson County News
Floresville USDA accountant resignsHelen Martinez, a professional accountant who began working for the city full t
Floresville USDA accountant resigns
Wilson County News / Posted 7 days ago
Helen Martinez, a professional accountant who began working for the city full time Oct. 13, submitted her resignation to the city manager Jan. 25 without an explanation. The city hired Martinez to ensure Floresville complied with U.S. Department of... Read more
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The Southampton Press & The East Hampton Press
Three East End Schools Facing Fiscal StressThree local school districts are being monitored by the state comptroller’s off
Three East End Schools Facing Fiscal Stress
The Southampton Press & The East Hampton Press / Posted 7 days ago
Three local school districts are being monitored by the state comptroller’s office for exhibiting signs of fiscal stress, according to a report released last week. The Eastport South Manor School District was given the worst rating in the region,... Read more
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WBNG Binghamton
Otsego Co. audit shows spike in cost of housing homelessCooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An audit by the New York State Comptroller’s
Otsego Co. audit shows spike in cost of housing homeless
WBNG Binghamton / Posted 8 days ago
Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office has shown a large increase in costs for temporary housing for the homeless in Otsego County. According to the report, Otsego County spends $43 annually for each of... Read more
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Elmira Star-Gazette
Cuomo's office knocks SUNY, CUNY salariesALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is criticizing the top salaries at SUNY an
Cuomo's office knocks SUNY, CUNY salaries
Elmira Star-Gazette / Posted 8 days ago
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is criticizing the top salaries at SUNY and CUNY, saying the administration costs in the system are outpacing other states. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has been facing criticism about her salary and perks, and... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Erie Community College faces criticism over state audit findingsThe usually staid monthly meeting of the Erie Community College trustees includ
Erie Community College faces criticism over state audit findings
The Buffalo News / Posted 10 days ago
The usually staid monthly meeting of the Erie Community College trustees included some edge and friction this week in the wake of a recent state audit that criticized them for lax oversight and lack of transparency. The board met Thursday for the... Read more
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Mid-Hudson News
Carlucci says Rockland school district has ‘major problems’Saturday, January 30, 2016 SPRING VALLEY – The East Ramapo Central School Dist
Carlucci says Rockland school district has ‘major problems’
Mid-Hudson News / Posted 11 days ago
Saturday, January 30, 2016 SPRING VALLEY – The East Ramapo Central School District is the only one in the Mid-Hudson classified by the state comptroller’s office as being in “significant fiscal stress” and the state senator representing the area... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Buffalo Urban League defends its reputation before Erie County LegislatureThe Buffalo Urban League on Thursday staunchly defended its work and reputation
Buffalo Urban League defends its reputation before Erie County Legislature
The Buffalo News / Posted 12 days ago
The Buffalo Urban League on Thursday staunchly defended its work and reputation before the Erie County Legislature, even as some legislators called for more accountability and oversight over the $4 million human services agency during a hearing that... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Erie Community College plans ‘corrective action’ in response to critical auditErie Community College trustees plan to hire outside legal counsel and a tempor
Erie Community College plans ‘corrective action’ in response to critical audit
The Buffalo News / Posted 12 days ago
Erie Community College trustees plan to hire outside legal counsel and a temporary administrator in developing a plan to overcome lax oversight and transparency problems identified earlier this month in a scathing state audit. The board met Thursday... Read more
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Market Watch
Suspicious returns filed from Baltimore-area Liberty Tax officesSeveral Baltimore-area Liberty Tax Service TAX, +0.60% offices have been suspen
Suspicious returns filed from Baltimore-area Liberty Tax offices
Market Watch / Posted 12 days ago
Several Baltimore-area Liberty Tax Service TAX, +0.60% offices have been suspended from filing electronic tax returns after Maryland’s comptroller uncovered what he said was a wide pattern of suspicious returns. Maryland’s comptroller, Peter... Read more
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The Buffalo News
West Seneca School District showing significant fiscal stress for third yearWest Seneca Central School District is the only district in New York State to b
West Seneca School District showing significant fiscal stress for third year
The Buffalo News / Posted 13 days ago
West Seneca Central School District is the only district in New York State to be in significant financial stress for the past three years, according to state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Eight school districts in the state, including West Seneca,... Read more
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NBC New York
Homeless Man Stabbed to Death at NYC ShelterPolice are searching for a suspect after a homeless man was stabbed to death fo
Homeless Man Stabbed to Death at NYC Shelter
NBC New York / Posted 13 days ago
Police are searching for a suspect after a homeless man was stabbed to death following an argument at an NYC shelter Wednesday night, police said. A fight between the 62-year-old victim and the other man broke out just before midnight at the... Read more
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Wilson County News
Floresville City Council, Jan. 28REGULAR MEETING THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016 7:00PM a. C&A to approve meeting min
Floresville City Council, Jan. 28
Wilson County News / Posted 15 days ago
REGULAR MEETING THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016 7:00PM a. C&A to approve meeting minutes for the Special Meeting on January 7, 2016 c. Report on Hands Free Ordinance #2015-031 Councilman Miller d. Operations Director Project Update Operations... Read more
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Elmira Star-Gazette
Quarter of localities overrode NY tax cap in 2015ALBANY — A lower tax cap meant more municipalities overrode it in 2015. “It’s
Quarter of localities overrode NY tax cap in 2015
Elmira Star-Gazette / Posted 18 days ago
ALBANY — A lower tax cap meant more municipalities overrode it in 2015. “It’s certainly changed the perception in terms of how New York handles property taxes,” Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. “In the long run, in terms of providing services, it... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Website tracks surplus funds from foreclosed property in Erie CountyErie County Comptroller’s Office has launched new web page to help previous pro
Website tracks surplus funds from foreclosed property in Erie County
The Buffalo News / Posted 18 days ago
Erie County Comptroller’s Office has launched new web page to help previous property owners claim more than $13 million left from government tax foreclosure auctions. The page, Surplus Funds, includes a searchable database of the more than 1,300... Read more
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Elmira Star-Gazette
Local government spending called 'unsustainable'At 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, the Village of Lyons went out of business. The mayor, tr
Local government spending called 'unsustainable'
Elmira Star-Gazette / Posted 18 days ago
At 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, the Village of Lyons went out of business. The mayor, trustees, clerk and most of the village’s 26 workers — including a police force that employed eight full-time, six part-time officers and one chief — were out of... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Roy-Hart has overtaxed residents, kept surplus too large, state audit saysMIDDLEPORT – The Royalton-Hartland Central School District has been overtaxing
Roy-Hart has overtaxed residents, kept surplus too large, state audit says
The Buffalo News / Posted 19 days ago
MIDDLEPORT – The Royalton-Hartland Central School District has been overtaxing residents for years, creating a surplus far larger than allowed by law, according to a state audit released Thursday. The State Comptroller’s Office said Roy-Hart has... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Roy-Hart overtaxing residents, state audit saysMIDDLEPORT – The Royalton-Hartland Central School District has been overtaxing
Roy-Hart overtaxing residents, state audit says
The Buffalo News / Posted 19 days ago
MIDDLEPORT – The Royalton-Hartland Central School District has been overtaxing residents for years, creating a surplus far larger than that allowed by law, according to a state audit released Thursday. The state Comptroller’s Office said Roy-Hart... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Full-time assessor position is approved in City of LockportLOCKPORT – The Common Council voted, 4-1, Wednesday to create the full-time pos
Full-time assessor position is approved in City of Lockport
The Buffalo News / Posted 20 days ago
LOCKPORT – The Common Council voted, 4-1, Wednesday to create the full-time position of assessor and scrubbed an agreement with Niagara Falls to share that city’s assessor. The aldermen who voted in favor of the new job want Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Lockport Common Council creates full-time position of assessorLOCKPORT – The Common Council voted, 4-1, Wednesday to create the full-time pos
Lockport Common Council creates full-time position of assessor
The Buffalo News / Posted 20 days ago
LOCKPORT – The Common Council voted, 4-1, Wednesday to create the full-time position of assessor and scrubbed an agreement with Niagara Falls to share that city’s assessor. The aldermen who voted in favor of the new job want Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Lockport Common Council creates full-time assessor postLOCKPORT – The Lockport Common Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to create a full-tim
Lockport Common Council creates full-time assessor post
The Buffalo News / Posted 20 days ago
LOCKPORT – The Lockport Common Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to create a full-time assessor position and scrubbed an agreement with Niagara Falls to share that city’s assessor. The aldermen who voted in favor of the new job want Mayor Anne E.... Read more
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Pleasanton Express
Jourdanton council reveals Morales wins appeal | January 20, 2016DIANA GUTHRIE SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT After an executive session during the Dece
Jourdanton council reveals Morales wins appeal | January 20, 2016
Pleasanton Express / Posted 20 days ago
DIANA GUTHRIE SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT After an executive session during the December meeting of the Jourdanton City Council, Mayor Susan Netardus announced, “with sadness and reluctance” the retirement of City Manager Dan Nick effective May 1, 2016.... Read more
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The Norwich Bulletin
City manager hire touted as 'proven and effective' NORWICH — Former Newington town manager John Salomone was introduced Tuesday
City manager hire touted as 'proven and effective'
The Norwich Bulletin / Posted 21 days ago
NORWICH — Former Newington town manager John Salomone was introduced Tuesday as Norwich’s new city manager by Mayor Deb Hinchey and the City Council at an evening press conference.“We have gotten... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Erie County comptroller is cited for ethics violationErie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw violated the county’s ethics laws w
Erie County comptroller is cited for ethics violation
The Buffalo News / Posted 26 days ago
Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw violated the county’s ethics laws when he asked county-connected businessmen to cover nearly $12,000 in tuition costs so he could attend a Harvard University business program, the county’s Board of Ethics... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Erie County comptroller is cited for ethics violationErie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw violated the county’s ethics laws w
Erie County comptroller is cited for ethics violation
The Buffalo News / Posted 26 days ago
Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw violated the county’s ethics laws when he asked county-connected businessmen to cover nearly $12,000 in tuition costs so he could attend a Harvard University business program, the county’s Board of Ethics... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Colin's wife Savitt takes fees from elderly before court's OKThe attorney for professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt — the wife of a Palm Be
Colin's wife Savitt takes fees from elderly before court's OK
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 27 days ago
The attorney for professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt — the wife of a Palm Beach County circuit judge — claims her client is well within her legal rights to take money out of the accounts of seniors in guardianship without a judge’s prior... Read more
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WBIR-TV Knoxville
Former Union County HS bookkeeper indicted for theftA grand jury indicted a former Union County High School bookkeeper on one count
Former Union County HS bookkeeper indicted for theft
WBIR-TV Knoxville / Posted 27 days ago
A grand jury indicted a former Union County High School bookkeeper on one count of theft of more than $10,000. Investigators determined Tammy Collins stole at least $30,045 from the school between January 2013 and November 2015. “There were several... Read more
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DNA Info
De Blasio Slammed Over Commissioner's Hire of Councilman's WifeWASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Frustrated workers at the Department of Design and Constru
De Blasio Slammed Over Commissioner's Hire of Councilman's Wife
DNA Info / Posted 27 days ago
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Frustrated workers at the Department of Design and Construction raged at Mayor Bill de Blasio in a letter two years ago, accusing him of doing nothing after they warned him the agency's commissioner was hiring cronies, including... Read more
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The Memphis Flyer
Capitol SerendipityBetween the time these words are written on Tuesday morning and the time they a
Capitol Serendipity
The Memphis Flyer / Posted 27 days ago
Between the time these words are written on Tuesday morning and the time they are read, Wednesday (when Flyer copies first hit the street) or thereafter, Memphis officials will have made their presence known in Washington. click to enlargeThis is... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Oversight of ECC’s finances found laxSenior executive staff at Erie Community College received unauthorized raises a
Oversight of ECC’s finances found lax
The Buffalo News / Posted 27 days ago
Senior executive staff at Erie Community College received unauthorized raises and bonuses of more than $100,000 between 2012 and 2015, and the college hired contractors without seeking competitive bids for their services and in some cases without... Read more
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The Buffalo News
Lockport City School District, busing company president contest state audit on consulting services, fuelLOCKPORT – City school district officials and the president of Ridge Road Expre
Lockport City School District, busing company president contest state audit on consulting services, fuel
The Buffalo News / Posted 27 days ago
LOCKPORT – City school district officials and the president of Ridge Road Express are contesting a state audit, released Tuesday, that said the district did not get its money’s worth on bus consulting services and that it overpaid for diesel... Read more
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Crain's New York Business
Concerns slow tax-abatement renewalLiu vs. Bloomberg John Liu did not talk to The New York Times for its story ab
Concerns slow tax-abatement renewal
Crain's New York Business / Posted 29 days ago
Liu vs. Bloomberg John Liu did not talk to The New York Times for its story about his clashes with Mayor Mike Bloomberg, but he did sit down with Crain’s for an article that goes inside the comptroller’s office. At Liu’s first Industrial Development... Read more
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WBNG Binghamton
JC schools audited, found to be in 'moderate fiscal stress'Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Johnson City School District has been au
JC schools audited, found to be in 'moderate fiscal stress'
WBNG Binghamton / Posted 29 days ago
Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Johnson City School District has been audited by the New York State Comptroller's office. According to School Superintendent Mary Kay Roland, from 2013 to 2015 there were two unanticipated events that reduced... Read more
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Mid-Hudson News
Wallkill Fire District’s inadequate financial controls results in embezzlement, state audit saysSunday, January 10, 2016 Copyright © 2016 Mid-Hudson News Network, a division
Wallkill Fire District’s inadequate financial controls results in embezzlement, state audit says
Mid-Hudson News / Posted a month ago
Sunday, January 10, 2016 Copyright © 2016 Mid-Hudson News Network, a division of Statewide News Network, Inc. This story may not be reproduced in any form, by any media, without express written consent. This includes rewriting, broadcasting... Read more
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Crain's New York Business
Wall Street readies itself for the slings and arrowsBernie Sanders has taken aim at the financial sector Bernie Sanders aimed his
Wall Street readies itself for the slings and arrows
Crain's New York Business / Posted a month ago
Bernie Sanders has taken aim at the financial sector Bernie Sanders aimed his fiery rhetoric at Wall Street last week, accusing America’s financial titans of using fraud as a business model. It’s unlikely the Vermont senator will ever be president,... Read more
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