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    $6.2 billion state deficit - where some of the money goes

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 28, 2020
    Contact: Caitlin Gilligan
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    caitling@empirecenter.org


    2019 State Payroll Now Posted at SeeThroughNY


    The complete 2019 New York state government payroll is now posted on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s government transparency website.

    https://www.empirecenter.org/publica...seethroughny/?

    The updated database includes the names, titles, base pay rates and total pay of more than 307,000 individuals who worked in the state’s executive, legislative or judicial branches at any point during calendar year 2019. Taxpayers can search state government payrolls dating back to 2008 on the SeeThroughNY.net website.


    During 2019, the data show:


    • The highest-paid employee on the state payroll for the second consecutive year was Dr. Gary Green, a Clinical Associate Professor of Health Science at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. His pay totaled $753,842.

    • A total of 2,661 state employees, including 1,756 executive branch workers, were paid more than Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly increased $200,000 salary.

    • Included in the 100 highest-paid state employees are four SUNY coaches. At SUNY Buffalo, football coach Lance Leipold was paid $663,500 (#6) and basketball coach Nathaniel Oats was paid $442,105 (#61). At SUNY Stony Brook, football coach Charles Priore was paid $465,462 (#46), and athletic director Shawn Heilbron was paid $425,714 (#84).

    • All but two of the 100 highest-paid state government employees worked for either the State University of New York (SUNY) or the City University of New York (CUNY).

    • Four of the top 100 earners received six-figure raises. They were Lance Liepold, football coach at SUNY Buffalo, whose base pay was boosted $203,162 to $474,300; Gary Bie, payroll vice president at Stony Brook Hospital, whose base pay was increased $131,561 to $647,718; Carol Gomes, payroll assistant vice president of hospital affairs at Stony Brook Hospital, whose base pay was raised $120,838 to $636,638; and Brian Magee, assistant professor at Downstate Medical Center, whose base pay was elevated $108,930 to $199,757.

    Not reflected in the data are costs of pensions, health insurance for employees and retirees, and other benefits.

    The Empire Center, based in Albany, is an independent, not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to promoting policies that can make New York a better place to live, work and raise a family.

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    $80 Billion Medicaid (40B from the fed) program for 6.4 million people. That's $12,500 per person on medicaid, which is about the same cost as family coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaksplat View Post
    $80 Billion Medicaid (40B from the fed) program for 6.4 million people. That's $12,500 per person on medicaid, which is about the same cost as family coverage.
    What I shake my head over is how much of Medicaid money goes to those whose urgent medical needs stem from a self-inflicted lifestyle.

    The taxpayers pay the bills for methadone and alcohol remediation. I have never heard of tax-subsidized chemotherapy.

    Just sayin'.
    "Ronnie, get to work and get the agenda going."---"The Handler"

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    Then you have companies like Fidelis that do whatever they can to boost the medicaid numbers. They literally have street teams that wander around NYC asking people if they have insurance. Even when people don't want or need insurance, Fidelis will convince them that they can get insured for free. Fidelis then collects their per member per month dollars from NY. We'd be better off just paying these people's actual usage cost than covering them for 12,500 per year.

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    It's all about money yaksplat....

    Just like the organizations that import refugees. Without a flow of refugees they don't get their funding which in turns means they don't paychecks.

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