- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s comptroller reports local sales tax collections across the state grew 1.7 percent or $130 million in the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says recent economic projections suggest they will pick up in the second half of the year.

The report shows the mid-Hudson region with the strongest growth at 2.7 percent, followed by the Finger Lakes at 2.5 percent and New York City at 2.4 percent.

Lower gasoline and fuel prices have kept collections lower.

Collections declined in the central New York region by 1.3 percent, in the western New York region by 0.7 percent and in the North Country by 0.1 percent over the same period last year.

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