Monthly Archives: October 2008

NYS Financial Meltdown – $47 billion over 4 years

If you are trying to get a handle on the magnitude of New York’s budget woes, this presentation by Governor Paterson’s Budget Director is quite helpful. While it does include some projections that are not universally supported, it does a very good job of putting the current situation into context. mid-yearupdate2008_presentation Advertisements

Margolis Named State Librarian

BOARD OF REGENTS APPOINT BERNARD A. MARGOLIS NEW YORK STATE LIBRARIAN The Board of Regents today announced the appointment of Bernard A. Margolis as the New York State Librarian. He will assume his new responsibilities in January 2009. State Education Commissioner Richard Mills said, “We live in an age of information, and libraries play a […]

Economic Development Commissioner Named

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he has nominated Marisa Lago, who is Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), as Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. Ms. Lago will have complete oversight of economic development issues throughout New York State. Ms. Lago was the Global Head […]

Fiscal Watch Blogging, the Manhattan Institute’s seven-year-old website focusing on New York budget and finance issues, has been updated and expanded into a blog featuring daily commentary by two of the Institute’s leading analysts—E.J. McMahon and Nicole Gelinas. McMahon, the Institute’s senior fellow for tax and budgetary studies, is also director of the Empire Center for New […]

Hayden on SUNY Cuts

Carl Hayden, Chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees made the following remarks at a one-day conference held at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, New York. The following paragraphs are lifted from an October 7, 2008 article in New York Newsday. “Hayden faulted Gov. David Paterson’s directives to cut the SUNY budget along with other […]

Governor Nice Guy?

New York magazine takes a long look at Governor David Paterson. Though I wonder how long the Governor will be able to keep his “good guy” image while the state budget continues its downward spiral.

State Librarian Search Update

Five finalists were recently invited to the Cultural Education Center, here in Albany for interviews and all accepted. The interviews have been concluded and on the afternoon of October 2nd the Search Committee met with the Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Jeffrey W. Cannell, to discuss the five finalists. Deputy Commissioner Cannell is expected to […]