Report: Farms generated $5.7B for New York economy in 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli finds that farms generated $5.7 billion for the state's economy in 2017.
New York leads nation in nonprofit jobs, wages
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state leads the nation in nonprofit jobs and the wages they support.
According to a report released Tuesday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York had more...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An audit finds that New York's Office of Mental Health isn't complying with a state law requiring notifications to parents or guardians when a patient is injured or mistreated...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor of Mount Vernon, New York has pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds and has agreed to resign on Sept. 30.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has identified more than $12 million in overruns at new I Love NY highway rest areas.
New York comptroller urges changes at Facebook
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding big changes in corporate governance.
NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation by the state comptroller's office has found safety hazards including toxic cleaning supplies and missing window guards at some New York City prekindergarten...
Medicaid bought sex offenders’ erectile dysfunction drugs
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Registered sex offenders in New York received $63,000 worth of erectile dysfunction drugs and other sexual treatments courtesy of the state's publicly funded Medicaid program,...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state comptroller says the New York State Common Retirement Fund has topped $210 billion after an estimated 5.2% return on investments.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says the construction industry is booming in the Empire State, especially in New York City.
NY Senate to hold hearing on fossil fuel divestment
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are taking a closer look at proposals to pull state pension investments in fossil fuel companies.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's top financial officer says that despite a sharp decline in revenues, the state's financial health ended the fiscal year on a "positive note."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state agencies paid nearly $787 million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018, according to a new report released Thursday...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An advisory panel recommends New York state's $200 billion public employee pension fund be transitioned to 100 percent sustainable assets by 2030 to adapt to climate...
NY comptroller sees big jump in bogus state tax refunds
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's comptroller is reporting a big increase in the number of questionable or fraudulent state tax refunds this year.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Food safety inspectors in New York state failed to take action in response to hundreds of serious health code violations, according to a state audit published...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's comptroller says the state office responsible for regulating the title insurance industry has lagged in its enforcement and impeded auditors' access to certain...
Wall Street bonuses fall over $30K despite profit upturn
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The average bonus paid to Wall Street traders dipped by more than $30,000 despite a jump of 11 percent in securities industry profits, according to a report released Tuesday by...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report says small businesses across New York state have increased employment slightly faster than the national pace.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state comptroller has come up with a state budget revenue forecast that's $190 million above what the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has predicted for New York's...
Governor, lawmakers fail to reach consensus on revenues
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Starting the year with a multibillion-dollar shortfall will leave New York state with "less and less and less" to spend in the upcoming budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday...
Cuomo: Federal tax law costing NY state $2.3B so far
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's income tax receipts are down more than $2 billion so far, creating a significant and serious state budget deficit that is mainly caused by last year's Republican-led federal tax cuts, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
Cuomo said at a state Capitol news conference that the year-old federal law capping a deduction for state and local taxes — known as SALT — at $10,000 is the culprit for a projected $2.3 billion deficit.
Comptroller: Local sales tax collections rose again in 2018
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says sales taxes collected by local governments across the state grew in 2018 for the third consecutive year.
The Democrat releases a report Monday that finds collections rose by $872 million, or 5.3 percent, to $17.5 billion last year.
Comptroller: Contractor ineligible for $4M in state payments
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say an audit has found that a national drug and alcohol treatment services provider received nearly $4 million in ineligible payments from New York.
NY Comptroller DiNapoli’s inauguration starts another term
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is being officially sworn in for another term at his alma mater on Long Island.
The Long Island Democrat's inauguration is taking place Sunday at Hofstra University in Hempstead.
DiNapoli became comptroller in 2007 and was elected to his first full, four-year term in 2010.
New York youth jobs program accepted 62-year-old
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state audit has found lapses at a program that rewards employers who hire young workers — including a 62-year-old who was deemed eligible for the program.
Microsoft, CVS to review executive pay levels, official says
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Microsoft Corp., CVS Health Corp., Macy's and two other companies have agreed to review their policies on executive compensation at the request of the New York state pension...
DiNapoli heads to Poland for UN Climate Conference
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is in Poland for the United Nations' latest conference on climate change.
The Democrat traveled to Katowice, Poland on Friday and plans to attend portions of the conference throughout the weekend. He is scheduled to speak as a panelist at an event Monday focused on how investors can spur action on climate change.
Audit finds problems with use of NY opioid monitoring system
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found problems in how addiction treatment programs use New York's opioid prescription monitoring system.
The review finds instances where administrators failed to check the system to see if patients receiving treatment for addiction were getting opioids from another doctor.
Audit finds lax food inspections at NYC homeless shelters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state audit has turned up lax food inspections at homeless shelters in New York City.
The report issued Monday from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli sampled 15 shelters in the city and found that from 2015 through last year food inspections were done only slightly more than half the time.
The auditors also found scant evidence that shelter workers who handle food were tested for tuberculosis.
New York again pays more to Washington than it receives
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report finds that when it comes to federal government, New York gives more than it receives.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says taxes paid by residents and businesses last year total about $24 billion more than the federal funds allotted to New York.
Report: Jobs in health care industry continue to rise
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The number of jobs in New York's health care industry continues to rise, with that sector of the state's economy contributing about $71 billion in wages last year.
That's according to a new report released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The Democrat says health care jobs statewide topped 1.2 million in 2017, an increase of more than 18 percent over the past decade.
NY disability agency gets 270 school zone speeding tickets
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state agency that cares for the disabled racked up hundreds of traffic tickets, including running red lights and speeding through school zones, according to an audit released Monday.
Audit: NY Do Not Call Law enforcers do very little enforcing
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An audit of the state agency in charge of enforcing New York's Do Not Call Law finds that only a couple of the hundreds of thousands of annual complaints of violations get investigated.
NYS comptroller: localities in significant stress grows
ALBANY , N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says more local governments are under significant fiscal stress.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the overall number of fiscally stressed municipalities continued to decline statewide last year. But the number of local governments that ended their fiscal year in December in "significant" fiscal stress grew to 10 from four the previous year.
State report: 15 NY crops ranked in top 5 nationwide in 2017
SILVER SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The Office of the New York State Comptroller says farms in the Empire State produced 15 agricultural products that ranked in the top five nationwide last year.
A report released Thursday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state's more than 35,000 farms generated $4.8 billion in revenue in 2017.
Wall Street salaries highest since 2008 crisis, report finds
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Salaries on Wall Street rose last year to their highest level since the 2008 financial crisis, according to a report issued Monday by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The report puts the average salary in New York City's securities industry in 2017 at $422,500, a 13 percent increase over the year before the highest since 2008.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says local sales tax collections are up so far this year.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report saying collections grew 6 percent statewide in the first six months of 2018. Local collections totaled $8.5 billion over the period statewide compared to $8 billion last year.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is selling nearly $10 million in pension investments in two companies that operate private prisons and detention facilities.
Democratic state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli approved the divestments Thursday for Florida-based GEO Group and Tennessee-based CoreCivic.
Critics say private prisons aren't as accountable as government-run facilities, and privately run detention centers have come under fire for their treatment of immigrants.
NEW YORK (AP) — A new state audit has found the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York has lost millions in unpaid tolls.
The audit released by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Wednesday shows the majority of the unbilled tolls, worth at least $1.6 million, were lost when the MTA expanded the use of cashless tolling last year.
Capitol Watch: Comptroller issues warning on state finances
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is sounding an alarm about state finances.
DiNapoli, a Democrat, released a report last week on the state's financial plan that showed state spending is on track to outpace revenues. He warned that could put the state in financial peril if the economy turns or if the federal government cuts funding.
Meanwhile, lawmakers are planning a hearing on state efforts to boost minority- and women-owned businesses.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says the state Department of Health paid more than $1 billion in Medicaid coverage premiums over a six-year period for people who already had private insurance coverage.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Wednesday an audit of the department's payment system found "glitches" and other problems resulted in $1.28 billion in Medicaid managed care premiums being paid for enrollees already covered by private insurance.
Officials to double-check school safety plans
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State auditors are reviewing safety plans for schools across New York state in an effort to ensure local districts are as prepared as possible for a school shooting.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the review on Monday. The Democrat says auditors from his office will check to make sure schools are complying with a 2000 state law requiring them to create plans for violence prevention, student evacuations and emergency communication.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's top financial official is warning Facebook, Google and Twitter that they must do more to protect users from fake news, sexual harassment and abuse on their social media platforms.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called on the companies to publicly report on what steps they're taking to address the problems. He says that if the companies don't act swiftly, they're putting themselves at risk of lawsuits, financial losses and reputational damage.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state comptroller's office says the nation's four most-populated states carry the highest total amount of credit card debt, with California leading the way followed by Texas, Florida and New York.
Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) says in a report released Tuesday that Californians had racked up more than $106.8 billion in credit card debt by the end of 2017.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state comptroller says the state's public pension fund is nearing $207 billion thanks to strong results from financial markets over the past year.
Democrat Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) announced Thursday that the New York State Common Retirement Fund had an estimated value of $206.9 billion as of March 31, the end of the last fiscal year. He says the nation's third-largest public pension fund earned an estimated 11.3 percent return on investments.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report says more than 200 waterways across New York were impacted last year by billions of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) says in a report released Thursday that the health of New Yorkers and their environment suffers when untreated wastewater spills into rivers, streams and coastal areas.
Audit faults oversight of NY domestic violence shelters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new audit is raising concerns about New York state's oversight of domestic violence shelters.
The report issued by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli this week examined the Office of Children and Family Services to determine whether the agency properly oversees more than 150 shelters around the state, which served 11,000 people in 2016.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With tax day approaching, New York's comptroller says his office has already stopped more than $24 million in questionable or fraudulent personal income tax refunds.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says many taxpayers claimed refundable credits based on incorrect information like an inflated number of dependents or understated income.
Auditors this year stopped $3.3 million worth of refunds that were linked to tax preparers filing false returns.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Despite New York legislation enacted three years ago to get personal income tax check-off donations to charitable causes quicker, millions of dollars still haven't been distributed to designated recipients.
That's according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who Thursday released the results of an audit that showed more than $15.7 million remained in the check-off funds as of the end of the state's 2016-17 fiscal year.