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New York state’s comptroller is authorizing the state’s attorney general to begin a potential criminal probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s book deal, looking into whether he used his staff to help him write a memoir about his handling of the pandemic.

Five days into the new fiscal year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they have a “conceptual agreement” on a new state budget. If the deal holds, it would include $4 billion in new taxes, including higher income tax brackets on millionaires and a tax increase for some large corporations.

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Critics of some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic marked the anniversary of the controversial March 25, 2020 order that required the homes to take back from hospitals residents who were ill with the disease. They said an ongoing federal probe does not go far enough in investigating all that may have gone wrong in the governor’s management of nursing homes during the pandemic. 

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New York state will transition its retirement fund for public employees — the third largest pension fund in the country — to an investment portfolio with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Wednesday.

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Among the budget pressures facing local governments is a sharp drop in sales tax revenue related to the coronavirus pandemic.

State lawmakers have just one week until the state budget is due, and despite the coronavirus outbreak, they say they intend to meet the deadline and will use precautions to avoid meeting in large groups.They face a daunting task of putting together a spending plan while a multibillion-dollar deficit grows each day.


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The New York State comptroller said the state’s revenues are plunging, along with the stock market, and that spells a difficult time ahead for the New York budget.

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A report by the state Comptroller finds that New York ranks number one in being shortchanged in tax money from the federal government.

New York is facing a looming budget deficit because of rising costs and spending on health care in the state’s Medicaid program. It’s increasingly likely that the state will resort to what critics say is a fiscal “gimmick” to keep the rest of this year's and next year’s spending plans in balance.


After economic development corruption scandals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli have finalized a plan to restore the comptroller's auditing powers over economic development contracts.

A handshake deal between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to reinstate the comptroller’s powers to audit contracts in the wake of corruption scandals has stalled.


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An audit from the state’s comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, finds that many schools across New York are not meeting requirements under a state law to prepare for emergencies, including possible school shootings. The audit comes as a shooter in California killed a six year old boy and a teenaged girl. DiNapoli sat down with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt to talk about the shortcomings that he found.


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 in a state-regulated institution.

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A budget watchdog group says New York’s budgeters used a sleight of hand to make it to seem as though the state was adhering to a legal cap on the growth of health care spending, by shifting a Medicaid payment from last fiscal year to this year.

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The University at Buffalo and auditors for New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are in a fight over claimed bad security for hazardous materials, much worse than at Stony Brook and five other SUNY campuses.

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New York's fiscal watchdog says other branches of state government have damaged his ability to monitor where tax dollars go. Tom DiNapoli was in town to attend a labor political rally in the Buffalo Irish Center.

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It's the law of unintended consequences: the rising price of gasoline means sales tax collections are up across New York State - and quite noticeably in Erie County.

A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo Billion' economic redevelopment program. 

A new audit is raising concerns about New York state's oversight of domestic violence shelters.

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When the final figures came out in sales tax collections across New York in 2017, there was good news for county governments in Western New York and for some cities.

With a projected multibillion-dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost the state billions more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

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The State Comptroller announced New York has joined 28 other states in offering a program that will help people with disabled children save money for their future.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he may have to call a special session in December to deal with potential funding cuts from Washington that he calls part of a “federal assault” on New York.

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Although upstate regions continue to struggle, New York State had more jobs last year than at any time since the Great Recession, according to a new report on employment published Monday by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The state budget has been in place for just less than two months and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

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A bill that could address corruption in Albany is progressing in the New York State Legislature, but it might not be the measure that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to become law.

Despite years of audits and prosecutions, financial people in volunteer fire companies continue to steal from their fire companies, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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The Thruway Authority is being nudged by state auditors to develop a better plan to meet future costs.

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Governor Cuomo has been making frequent trips to upstate cities this summer, touting his success in reviving the regions’ faltering economy. But a new report from the State Comptroller on job creation shows there is still some work to do.

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Counties across New York are concerned over reports that sales tax collections are plummeting, they are asking Governor Cuomo’s tax department for a more detailed  explanation.

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