Who really lost the election!

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By: Washington Post Reporter Robert Samuelson Do you really know who lost the mid-term election? We all did. Both parties made the midterms a referendum on President Trump, at the expense of “anything resembling rational debate” on the serious, politically explosive problems facing the country. Take the federal deficit, which ballooned to $782 billion this year and is expected to …

New York State Gets Even Bluer

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Recently, on television, Governor Cuomo made the following comment. “We’re not Democrats and Republicans, really, we’re Americans; we can’t be divided.” Really! Unfortunately, his memory must be questioned. Why? Back in January of 2014 he also said that “those who are pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, anti-gay and pro-gun are extreme conservatives who have no place in his state.” (juxtapose our state). …

Go to Jail, Collect Your Pension

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By James Coll – Adjunct Professor of American and Constitutional history at Hofstra University. October 2, 2018. New York State voters thought that they had passed a constitutional amendment punishing corrupt politicians – but they didn’t, read the fine print. Sheldon Silver was due to begin his seven-year sentence this week for violating the law, the public trust, and the …

Let’s help, not hinder, economic growth in N.Y. state.

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By Alfonse D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, and founder of Park Strategies LLC.   Herald – Opinions – October 26, 2018 If you’ve been in the market for a home on Long Island, run a business here or are a student seeking a college loan, you’ll notice that interest rates have been inching up. That’s not good …

Governor Andrew Cuomo: Failed Ethics Reform

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When Governor Cuomo came into office in 2011, he inherited a legacy of state scandals and a history of attempts at legislating public ethics. Shortly thereafter, with legislative support, a new “Joint Commission on Public Ethics” (JCOPE) was established to wrestle these concerns to the ground. JCOPE was granted jurisdiction over the executive branch and the legislature, and all officers …

Should Governor Cuomo be Reelected? Not if I have a say!

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Governor Andrews just fired his first shot across the bow of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro’s campaign ship. A hard-hitting 30- second TV spot bellowing “You can’t clean up corruption with dirty hands.” The specifics, a local Industrial Development Agency gave a management and consulting service business (that Marc’s wife was working for) $227,000 in tax breaks. The ad further …

“Yimmy went to Yale.”

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No, James Reardon, a New York City policeman, caught up in a basketball shaving point scandal in the fifties, and author of the “Sweet Life of Jimmy Riley” did not go to Yale, as his sister comically suggested, he went to jail. The system of justice seems to have worked well then.  “You did the crime, you do the time.” …

What do you do when the schools won’t let you in?

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Three years ago, 52 Jewish parents, former students and former teachers advised the NYC Education Department that many yeshivas were not providing, as required by state law, an education that is “substantially equivalent” to that of public schools. Three years later, City Education Department Chancellor Richard Carranza released a fourteen-page letter to state Education Department Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia stating …

Bill to Oversee DA’s Misses the Point

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Opinion/Commentary – Newsday 8/16/18 By Madeline Singas – Nassau County District Attorney “Instead of new oversight of prosecutors, the state should rein in dishonest lawyers.” Criminal justice advocates are right: The process to discipline New York lawyers is slow and secretive, and comprehensive reform is overdue. District attorney’s welcome changes to improve oversight of all New York’s more than 177,000 …

Inside Politics – Can Albany be fixed?

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The WSJ provides a daily cartoon titled “Pepper & Salt.” A recent posting shows a politician behind a podium stating “I’m leaving politics to spend more time with my defense team.” So be it!  Beginning in 2011, a combined total of fifteen New York state senator’s, assemblypersons, one comptroller, and one state health commissioner all required legal representation, charged and …