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State of New York vs. COVID-19 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo periodically updates New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The latest reports of the number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive and many other relevant data points concerning COVID-19 are available at

N.B. §22 of the New York State's General Construction Law, in pertinent part, provides that “Whenever words of the masculine or feminine gender appear in any law, rule or regulation, unless the sense of the sentence indicates otherwise, they shall be deemed to refer to both male or female persons.” NYPPL applies this protocol to individuals referred to in a decision self-identifying as LGBTQA+.

May 7, 2016

Selected reports issued by the Office of the State Comptroller during the week ending May 7, 2016

Selected reports issued by the Office of the State Comptroller during the week ending May 7, 2016
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State Budget increases education aid and enacts paid family leave
The recently enacted fiscal year 2016-17 state budget includes a $1.4 billion increase in school aid, as well as increases to the minimum wage and phased-in personal income tax cuts for most taxpayers, but adds to state debt and shifts significant spending off-budget and to authorities, according to a reportreleased by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report also notes the budget sacrificed public transparency both in process and content.

Remaining defendants in a multi-million dollar bid-rigging of Monroe County public contracts sentenced
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the sentencing of the remaining three defendants in an elaborate bid-rigging conspiracy that illegally steered multi-million dollar public works contracts for Monroe County to favored and connected companies, resulting in the restraint of competition. The defendants profited from this scheme and defrauded the taxpayers of Monroe County. The report is posted on the Internet at:

State audits released:

City University of New York - Controls Over Bank Accounts - Lehman College

Empire State Development Corp. - Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Program; and

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority - Capital Planning and Maintenance

Public Personnel Law E-books

The Discipline Book - A concise guide to disciplinary actions involving public employees in New York State set out in a 700 page e-book. For more information click on

A Reasonable Disciplinary Penalty Under the Circumstances - A 442-page e-book focusing on determining an appropriate disciplinary penalty to be imposed on an employee in the public service in instances where the employee has been found guilty of misconduct or incompetence. Now available in two formats - as a large, paperback print edition and as an e-book. Click on for more information.

The Layoff, Preferred List and Reinstatement Manual - A 645 page e-book reviewing the relevant laws, rules and regulations, and selected court and administrative decisions. For more information click on

Disability Leave for fire, police and other public sector personnel - A 1098 page e-book focusing on disability benefits available to public officers and employees employed by New York State and its political subdivisions. For more information click on