Taxpayer-funded contributions to government pensions often overwhelm local budgets. Get the scoop on Gotham’s unions and pension funds as we probe into some of the city’s most powerful players.
Of all the corrosive influences on New York politics, the health care employees union 1199SEIU is one of the most powerful and well-funded. Read More.
The Martin Act is a century-old New York law giving the state attorney general the widest imaginable powers to investigate any business or organization for potential fraud. Read More.
The U.S. Supreme Court has tentatively affirmed the right of public-employee unions to make non-members pay fees. Read More.
Mayor de Blasio announced that the Department of Education will ban school suspensions for kids in grades K through 2. Read More.
The collapse last year of the large and well-respected charity FEGS (Federation Employment and Guidance Service) stunned New York City’s nonprofit world. Read More.
The arrest of Norman Seabrook, the longtime boss of the corrections officers’ union, has exposed a little-known corner of the city’s public employees retirement system. Read More.
The immensely powerful United Federation of Teachers has exercised undue muscle over the theory and practice of public school education in New York City Read More.
Building major projects in New York is expensive, but a promising method called “design-build” could make it cheaper and faster to get things done. Read More.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer have announced their intention to divest the city’s pension funds of all coal-related equity and bond holdings. Read More.
The facts you need to know about the issues that matter most in New York.