This brief, which was commissioned by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Financial Empowerment, examines both sides of people's balance sheets; that is, both their savings and debt levels.
The findings of the Temporary Lien Sale Taskforce, required by LL13/2015, AC 11-356, incl. (i) recommendations for administrative or legislative changes; (ii) any findings or facts that support such recommendations, (iii) evaluation of installment agreements and consideration of prospective changes.
While lead paint is the primary source of exposure to lead in New York City, tap water can also be a source of lead—and many privately owned small residential buildings in the city have plumbing that contains a much higher level of lead than is allowed in new construction today.
This report from New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer seeks to provide a more
complete assessment of the impact of immigration enforcement in New York City by
analyzing data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and immigration
This report examines New York City’s standing in the global distribution of venture capital activity from 2008 through 2017 and identifies the emergence of industry clusters fueled by venture capital in New York and around the world. Our analysis is informed by data from Crunchbase
Letter advising that OLR has nothing to report re: Charter § 219(d), requiring each agency to prepare and submit periodic reports in regard to the progress of its capital projects; and Charter § 222(a) requiring a report on the proposed scope of capital projects or explanation of any delay.
FOCUS ON THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET: Before the Mayor’s recent announcement that that the city may need to lay off or furlough as many as 22,000 municipal workers, the Executive Budget included the elimination of some vacant positions and a partial hiring freeze.
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in unemployment and an increase in government assistance, including cash assistance grants. How much have New York city’s cash assistance rolls grown in recent months?
REPORT: Our new economic forecast and projections for tax revenue & spending based on the recently adopted budget for fiscal year 2021 & financial plan through 2024. The report, which includes our latest projection of job losses & gains and estimates of budget surpluses and gaps in the coming years.
In 2016, the Mayor and City Council provided the libraries with a substantial hike in their subsidies with the aim of increasing public access and use of the more than 200 library branches across the five boroughs. How well have those goals been met?
FOCUS ON THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET: Over the past year, shifts in the composition of the city’s homeless population, increased spending on rental assistance, and pandemic-related aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have altered the city’s costs for providing shelter for the homeless.
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOCUS: A more detailed presentation of our most recent economic forecast for the city reveals a slow path towards recovery, with some sectors of the economy continuing to trail through 2025.
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOCUS: Under the Governor’s budget plan, state aid to NYC schools would grow next year. But the outlook for school aid is complicated by an influx of federal pandemic school aid and the Governor’s proposed restructuring and reductions of school support from Albany.
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOCUS: A number of changes have been proposed that would affect how the city’s annual contribution to its pension funds are calculated. We explain the changes and their implications for the city’s budget:
The city’s public housing authority has to deal with removing lead paint, fixing broken elevators, a backlog of thousands of other repairs—and growing budget gaps. See the details on the housing authority’s fiscal challenges.
With the parents of thousands of preschoolers needing to go to work and many K-8th grade students doing schoolwork remotely, the de Blasio Administration created the Learning Bridges and Learning Labs programs to provide care, supervision, and help with classes at hundreds of sites across the city.
There’s been much attention over the past year to how much the city spends on the police department. But policing is only one part, albeit a large one, of a bigger system that includes the courts, detention & related functions. We look at the full cost of the justice system and how much it has grown
NYC is set to receive $7.3b in federal education aid from the 2 most recent stimulus acts, the CRRSA & ARPA. IBO details their planned uses and examines how much is budgeted for initiatives that will likely continue after federal funding stops.
For many years, the city’s capital plans, which outline when funds for capital projects will be committed, have been substantially front-loaded with much of the funds slotted for the first year of each four-year plan—even though it was unlikely funds could or would be committed in that timeframe.
In this Budget Brief, IBO provides more details on our latest economic forecast and estimates of tax revenues, as well as a comparison with the Mayor’s tax projections included in the Preliminary Budget.
A key part of the Mayor Adam's Program to the Eliminate the Gap (PEG) is budgeted headcount reductions. IBO examines how other actions contained within the budget affect the number of headcount reductions the Mayor proposes to make.
Anticipating a reduction in rental income, NYC sharply reduced the assessments used to calculate ‘22 tax bills. These reductions turned out to be an overestimate & the ’23 tax roll now reflects this as projected growth. IBO examines the reason for the change.
IBO presents 10 new ways NYC can cut costs or raise revenue. As with all of our 100+ options, we neither endorse nor reject the ideas. See the descriptions & estimates of revenues/savings, with pros & cons for each option.
EXECUTIVE BUDGET FOCUS: Mayor Adams has made investing in public safety a top priority of his early administration. IBO examines what programs under this umbrella have received increases in funding in the Mayor’s first two budget proposals, as well as other programs that have not.
The Mayor’s Executive Budget for FY 2023 restored some funding for the city’s organics recycling program, which suffered cuts in the Mayor’s previous budget proposal. However, none of the reinstated funding is for the expansion of the city’s curbside collection program.