Publications

Copies of our reports and briefs.

Blog Post: Occupying Subsidized Space

October, 2011

The ability of Occupy Wall Street protesters to remain in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan for weeks while Occupy groups in other cities are being evicted from their encampments is, ironically, based on the fact that the park is private rather than public property.

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Blog Post: Some 9/11 Subsidy Recipients Fail to Meet Job Goals; New York State Recaptures Funds

September, 2011

As the 10th anniversary of September 11th attack on the World Trade Center approaches, it is a good time to review what happened with the subsidies that were allocated to large firms to help them deal with the effects of that tragedy. It turns out that some companies that received those subsidies, including Goldman Sachs, failed to meet their job retention or creation goals, and some have had to repay funds to New York State.

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Blog Post: NYC Living Wage Debate Boils Over, Into the Streets and before City Council

May, 2011

It’s budget season in New York City, when community groups and labor unions usually take to the streets to protest proposed budgets and this year proposals including teacher layoffs and social service cuts was a serious call to action.

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Report: New Yorkers Kept in Dark About Outcomes of Recovery Zone Facility Bond Deals

March 31, 2011

Want to learn about how a Recovery Zone Facility Bond project in your neighborhood is creating jobs? Or even whether a particular development is financed by one of these special bonds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)? Good luck.

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Blog Post: Bondholders of Yankee Stadium Garage Bonds Get Extra Innings

March, 2011

The April 1 deadline for the Bronx Parking Development Corporation to get its act together is no prank.

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Report: An Overview of Job Quality and Discretionary Economic Development Subsidies in New York City

February, 2011

Good Jobs New York, together with the Fiscal Policy Institute and the National Employment Law Project, released an updated study of job quality and economic development subsidies in New York City revealing that public funds are subsidizing poverty-level jobs.

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Report: Bonds and the Recovery Act: A Guide to Municipal Bonds Enabled Under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Their Potential Impacts on New York Communities

January, 2010

Perhaps the most obscure aspect of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is how it seeks to expand bond programs for public infrastructure and private economic development projects. A report released today by Good Jobs New York explains how the Recovery Act's new and expanded bond programs are facilitating economic recovery and where opportunities exist for public input.

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Report: Before the Bailout of 2008: New York City's Experience with Tax Giveaways to Financial Giants

February, 2009

Good Jobs New York's report summarizing taxpayer subsidies to six firms – American International Group, Bank of America, Bear Stearns, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Merrill Lynch. It finds that the deals have been plagued by porous contracts that lack accountability, and very poor public disclosure and job losses.  The report offers common sense transparency solutions.

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Report: Insider Baseball: How Current and Former Public Officials Pitched a Community Shutout for the New York Yankees

July, 2007

Bettina Damiani, Eileen Markey and Dan Steinberg

Insider Baseball is an exposé of the political maneuvering behind the new Yankee Stadium project – costing taxpayers approximately $1 billion and the community 22 acres of heavily used parks – revealing a myriad of lobbying, consulting and law firms led by former elected and high ranking agency officials that helped the Yankees get massive subsidies and lucrative approvals.

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Report: Pay, Or We (Might) Go: How Citigroup Games the States and Cities

June, 2007

Sarah Stecker, New Jersey Policy Perspective and Dan Steinberg, Good Jobs New York

An analysis of Citigroup’s practices in four states—New York, New Jersey, Kentucky and Texas—suggests that the world’s largest financial institution rarely makes a move without getting taxpayers to help foot the bill.

Using the threat of moving facilities and jobs elsewhere, Citigroup has repeatedly played state against state and locality against locality to attract at least $285.9 million in subsidies in just the four states.

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