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Reinventing New York

No one can accuse the new governor of being insufficiently ambitious in his goals.

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A deal is struck

Tough, good-faith negotiating on both sides has brought the Paetec headquarters project a big step closer to completion.

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N.Y.’s balancing act

A property tax cap alone—or even a cap with mandate reform—will not solve New York's fiscal mess.

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Replacing the mayor

 A special election does not deny city residents the right to vote, it simply shortens the time frame.
 

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Pension plight

Without prompt action to rein in public pension liabilities, taxpayers will be saddled with more obligations they truly cannot afford.

 

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Let’s be blunt

  When Albany lawmakers failed to address the state’s $315 million current-year deficit during this week’s special session, Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo offered an unvarnished assessment. "Hard decisions, tough choices don’t go away just because you don’t make them," he said. ...

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Politics and the jobless

The cost of letting  unemployment insurance benefits expire—in both monetary and human terms— would be even higher.

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Mortgage mess

The recommendation to probe the foreclosure problems vigorously and conduct new "stress tests" on the nation's largest banks seems painfully obvious.

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Fair share

Government and school district employees paying health care benefits on a par with state employees would save more than $1 billion.
 

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Second chances

For Republicans and Democrats alike, a bit of humility now could go a long way.

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Decisive day

On Tuesday, New Yorkers will play a large role in deciding what path the state takes.
 

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Brain power

Knowledge work is the driving force of Rochester's economy—old and new.

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Those ‘bad’ numbers

Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that local governments have not shed jobs at such a fast rate since the recession of the early 1980s.

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A very big burden

New York needs lower taxes, but a property tax cap is a necessary first step—and long overdue.

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