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Income and Expenses for NY Legislators

The Times Union asked all New York state legislators to disclose their household incomes. A third of them responded with varying degrees of disclosure, but the rest did not respond in any way. Did your legislator respond or stay mum?

This database also includes legislators’ 2009 reported travel expenses.

  • The information in this database includes many partial responses.
  • In the majority of cases, the Times Union relied on public information or the Legislature’s central office for income data.
  • Stipends listed in a few cases may have been paid on a pro-rated basis for part of 2009 or triggered this year.
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SeeThroughNY – A Window on Your Money


Welcome to SeeThroughNY – giving New Yorkers a clearer view of how their state and local tax dollars are spent. This site is sponsored by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, part of the non-partisan and non-profit Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

SeeThroughNY is a web portal — and more.  It’s designed to become the hub of a statewide network through which taxpayers can share, analyze and compare data from counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and public authorities throughout New York.  

The information of this website comes from official government sources, but the Empire Center cannot guarantee data accuracy or completeness. 

Click the buttons below to search government payrolls, pensions, contracts, expenditures, and links to additional information and supporting material on other websites.  

Payrolls & Pensions Contracts Expenditures Other Data
~What’s New  

June 16, 2010 – Pension data for 342,543 retired New York state and local government employees was posted today.  This new data set includes name, benefit rate, retirement date and last known employer for individuals collecting pension benefits from NYSLRS.

The MTA payroll was updated today. 74,708 employees who worked for the MTA in 2009.

May 13, 2010 – Updated school district labor contracts for 71 teacher unions and 62 school superintendents were posted today.

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