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New York’s agriculture sector produced $3.3B in GDP

Milk is the state’s largest agricultural commodity.

CBRE reports improved Westchester office leasing 

The county's leasing activity is up 9% overall from this time last year, and leasing activity in Westchester’s central business district, which is centered in White Plains, was up 14% over this year's second quarter.

Comptroller: Westchester County under ‘significant fiscal stress’

The designation from Thomas DiNapoli's office places the county among the most financially stressed municipalities in the state.

NY Comptroller: Sales tax collections highest in 8 years

This was the highest half-year increase since 2010 and the fourth consecutive period of strengthening local sales tax collections.

NY Comptroller: Budget season opportunity to simplify education funding

The way New York funds public education is overly complicated and could use more transparency, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said in a report released Monday.

Annual Highway Report: New York ranks 45th

This is a slight improvement from a previous report that ranked the state 46th. Comparatively, Connecticut ranked one higher, and New Jersey ranked one lower.

Annual farm production tops $4.7 billion

More than 36,000 farms across New York state produce $4.7 billion in products annually, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reported earlier this week in conjunction with the New York State Fair.

Comptroller: Local governments’ fiscal health at risk

An analysis of data from 4,000 local governments and recent municipal audits found that nearly 300 local governments had deficits in 2010 or 2011.

Comptroller calls for vote on LDC measure

DiNapoli said his office uncovered multiple instances in which LDCs were used as a means of sidestepping state finance laws last year.

State pension fund tops $150 billion

New York State’s $150.3 billion pension fund increased in value by nearly 6 percent during the state’s 2011-2012 fiscal year but still fell short of its target growth.

Audit uncovers inconsistencies at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

An audit of SUNY Downstate Medical Center conducted by the state Comptroller’s office revealed fake bids for construction contracts and other procurement issues.

Cuomo vows flexibility on pension reform

Speaking in Albany last week in concert with the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his case for a Tier VI pension system.

Sales tax revenues continue to climb though rate slows

Statewide, local sales tax collections grew by 5 percent to approximately $13.68 billion in 2011 after expanding by 9.9 percent the previous year.

Nation upbeat as New York plays catch-up in job recovery

In advance of the Commerce Department’s announcement that the U.S. economy added 243,000 jobs in January, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli painted a dimmer picture of the state’s own recovery.