Top state officials say it is going to be another difficult year for the state budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo has already told state agencies to keep spending flat, and those that depend on state programs are not counting on big increases.
Fall means budget season in counties across New York State. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney makes her budget pitch to lawmakers Friday. Many governments are facing the same pressures.
County-run nursing homes across New York state face growing crises as county governments, strapped for cash, consider ending their historical role as providers of inpatient care to the elderly.