pension en DiNapoli calls for changes to federal government rules for same sex couples <p>Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is trying to use the power of the pension fund to increase equal rights for same sex married couples, and has written a letter to President Obama.<p>DiNapoli is asking Obama to add a “place of celebration” clause to federal government rules and regulations that define benefits for married couples. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:05:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41495 at Budget watchdog group urges rejection of Cuomo's pension bailout plan <p>A leading budget watchdog group is urging rejection of a key component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan. It would allow cities and schools to put off some payments to their pension funds. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33866 at Syracuse City School District budget calls for more layoffs <p>Projections unveiled at the Syracuse City School District budget meeting last night could push the total number of positions the district has eliminated since 2009 to more than 1,000. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:13:30 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 33382 at Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations <p><font face="Calibri" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt">This edition of the Campbell Conversations offers a wide-ranging discussion with <font size="2">Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner</font> that covers both local and national political issues, and which includes discussions of the pension problem, ideas voiced in <span class="il">her</span> recent state of the city address, and reflections on the conflicts within the city’s criminal justice system.</span></font></p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:41:21 +0000 Grant Reeher 32832 at Assembly Speaker Silver waiting for comptroller's view of pension plan <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pension stabilization plan could face some obstacles in the legislature.&nbsp; Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he wants to know what the state comptroller thinks of the idea first. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:31:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32584 at Local governments will be graded on fiscal health <p>Municipalities and school districts in New York state will soon get graded on their fiscal health. A fiscal monitoring system run by the state comptroller's office will publicly identify local governments that may be heading towards a fiscal cliff. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:24:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 32547 at Miner and other mayors bring complaints about Cuomo's budget to Albany <p>Mayors from around the state came to complain about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, as the first day of legislative hearings on the spending plan kicked off in Albany. Upstate mayors, in particular, have concerns about ever growing pension payments. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:23:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32522 at Counties face budget crunch in New York state <p>Fall means budget season in counties across New York State.&nbsp; Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney makes her budget pitch to lawmakers Friday.&nbsp; Many governments are facing the same pressures. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:06:33 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25988 at Lawmakers will not tolerate employees stacking overtime <p><strong><a href="">Onondaga County</a></strong> is cracking down on employees who pile up overtime pay which ultimately push their pensions higher. Reducing these payments could save the county millions of dollars in the long run.</p><p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 14:21:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 17100 at