Code war breaks out in Albany

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Audit from financial regulator slams state comptroller's 'antiquated' pension technology — but COBOL remains widely used in government and beyond ⧸ Full Story

What has the mayor won in end runs around City Council?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he is planning a ban on large sugary drinks in New York City to combat obesity. The proposal has already prompted familiar complaints that the mayor is turning New York City into “Nannyville.” To fast-track the restriction on beverage cup sizes, the mayor is seeking an amendment to the city’s health code via the… ⧸ Full Story

The high price of an ‘A': Restaurants suffer spike in fines from health inspectors

Health Commissioner Tom Farley posts the city's first-ever inspection grade sign in summer 2010 at a deli in Long Island City. Yesterday he defended the system in the face of frustrated restaurant owners.AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Proprietors tell City Council of onerous fines and relentless inspections ⧸ Full Story