Statement Urging City Council to Reject Proposed Grants for Certain School Transportation Service Employees

Aug 20, 2014

The City Council should reject proposed legislation that would provide grants to pay higher wages and benefits to certain school transportation service employees than those required by the City's contracts with the private bus companies that employ them.

Location Affordability in Large U.S. Cities: Variability Among Types of Households

Aug 20, 2014

The third in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief considers combined housing and transportation costs relative to income for a variety of housing types. It finds that New York City is generally affordable for moderate- and middle-income households. Affordability for low-income households, however, remains a challenge.

Housing Affordability Versus Location Affordability: The Rent Is Too Damn High! But the Metrocard is a Pretty Good Deal

Aug 13, 2014

The second in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief explores how low transportation costs and high income make New York City relatively affordable when compared to other large cities in the United States.

Controlling the Cost of New York City’s Settlements and Judgments: A Tale of Two Agencies

Aug 12, 2014
Last week, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer issued a report introducing an important new tool: ClaimStat. The innovation is a data-based method for analyzing judgments and claims against the City of New York in order to identify ways to reduce their cost.

The Affordable Housing Crisis: How Bad Is It in New York City?

Aug 06, 2014

The policy brief, the first in a series on housing affordability, analyzes data from 22 U.S. cities to assess whether affordable housing is a nationwide problem or one particular to New York City.

LIRR Pension Fraud Could Happen Again

Aug 05, 2014
Last week, as the MTA board approved a budget that funded a generous contract for LIRR workers, the GAO released a report indicating the federal agency administering disability pensions for those workers had not done enough to prevent a repeat of a widespread fraud scheme by LIRR employees uncovered in 2008.

What NY Should Do With $4B

Jul 24, 2014
New York State will soon receive more than $4 billion in settlements from large financial institutions. It is an unprecedented windfall, coming from wrongdoing by banks, and it is rightly generating public discussion about what to do with the money.

An Update on Port Authority Budget Reform

Jul 23, 2014
Just over one year ago, on July 16, 2013, the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) sent the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) a letter with recommendations for improving the Authority’s budget process, with the goals of greater transparency, long-term financial viability, and public accountability for performance.
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