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Publications: Research Reports


Central New York Region - Economic Profile [Released 11/02/16]

This report highlights the Central New York region’s geography, demographics, municipalities, economy and labor markets, and includes a discussion about what the future may hold for the region. [read complete Central New York Economic Profile - pdf]

Land Banks Enter the Fight Against Blight [Released 10/06/16]

This report explains what land banks are, discusses how they can help local governments cope with high concentrations of vacant and abandoned properties and identifies factors that could determine their long-term success. [read full report on Land Banks - pdf]

Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Results for Municipalities: Three-Year Review [Released 09/27/16]

This report examines and summarizes notable trends in the fiscal scores of all New York counties, cities, towns and villages regardless of their fiscal year end dates, for the period 2013 to 2015. [read Three-Year Review for Municipalities - pdf]

Local Sales Tax Collections Slow in First Half of 2016 [Released 08/04/16]

In the first half of 2016, total local sales tax collections in New York State grew by 1.7 percent, compared to the first half of 2015. Sales tax revenue increased in 34 of the 57 counties outside of New York City over this time period, with the Mid-Hudson region posting the strongest growth at 2.7 percent and Central New York experiencing the sharpest decline – 1.3 percent. [read complete Sales Tax Collections report - pdf]

Mid-Hudson Region - Economic Profile [Released 07/20/16]

Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan counties make up New York’s Mid-Hudson region. Much of the region is suburban, with greater development near the Hudson River, Metro-North railroad stations and major roadways into New York City. Economically, the Mid-Hudson region is relatively prosperous: county median incomes and property values are both well above the State and national averages as are the costs of living and doing business there. Current unemployment is below 5 percent in most of the counties, with a significant number of residents commuting to New York City. Recent economic development efforts have focused on attracting biotechnology and other high-tech manufacturing and on activities that take advantage of the region’s extensive road systems and generally well-developed infrastructure. [read complete Mid-Hudson Economic Profile - pdf]

Protecting Sensitive Data and Other Local Government Assets: A Non-Technical Cybersecurity Guide for Local Leaders [Released 06/22/16]

Audits conducted by OSC have shown that some types of weaknesses are persistently prevalent in local government and school district IT systems, regardless of the complexity or size of the system. This guide provides information for local leaders on some of the more common cybersecurity attacks and what can be done to help prevent a breach in the future. [read complete Cybersecurity Guide - pdf]

Annual Performance Report on New York State's Industrial Development Agencies - Fiscal Years Ending 2014 [Released 06/08/16]

This report provides an analysis of annual financial data reported to the Office of the State Comptroller and the Authorities Budget Office by IDAs for fiscal year 2014, discusses regional impacts and highlights a new law championed by Comptroller DiNapoli, which increases transparency in IDA operations. [read complete Annual Performance Report - pdf]

Foreclosure Update From a Local Government Perspective [Released 04/18/16]

This brief focuses on prolonged foreclosure activity in New York State and the challenges facing local governments and communities in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. [read complete Foreclosure Update report - pdf]

New York State School Aid: Two Perspectives [Released 03/14/16]

This report examines the recent history of school aid, highlighting the opportunities and challenges presented by this year’s budget. The first section looks at aid from the school district perspective, followed by a discussion in the context of New York’s overall budget. [read complete New York State School Aid report - pdf]

Local Sales Tax Collections Improve in 2015 [Released 02/08/16]

Total local sales tax collections in New York State grew by $552 million, or 3.6 percent, from 2014 to 2015 This was stronger than the 3.0 percent increase in the prior year. New York City sales tax collections grew by 7.3 percent, or $487 million, about half of which was due to an adjustment for incorrect payments in previous years. Excluding New York City, growth in local sales tax collections was 0.7 percent, with 30 of 57 counties outside of New York City having declines in their 2015 sales tax collections. [read complete Local Sales Tax Collections Improve report - pdf]

Three Years of School District Fiscal Stress Results: School Years 2012-13 to 2014-15 [Released 01/28/16]

Three Years of School District Fiscal Stress Results: School Years 2012-13 to 2014-15 01/28/2016 - For school year 2014-15, OSC identified 82 school districts as experiencing some degree of fiscal stress: eight were in significant fiscal stress, 24 in moderate fiscal stress and 50 were susceptible to fiscal stress. The share of school districts experiencing fiscal stress has remained fairly stable over time. The tax cap continues to constrain districts’ ability to increase their property tax levies; for 2016-17 the growth factor will be 0.12 percent. [read complete Three Years of School District Fiscal Stress report - pdf]