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 …

Nassau County’s Coming Fiscal Crash

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Last fall, E.J. McMahon, a fiscal policy contributor at the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy wrote, “budget deficits papered over with borrowed money, unaffordable union contracts, pension contributions amortized into the future, retiree health benefits promised but unfunded, corruption, accountability blurred, responsibility shirked, and hard decisions avoided again and again……exists in the affluent corners of New York’s archetypal suburb, Long …

Income Equality!

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A drawing on top of a recent WSJ column shows a two person bicycle with the man up front pumping hard (and sweating) with the man on the second seat, facing backwards, sipping a soda. The title, “How Income Equality Helped Trump.” The authors are former chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Phil Gramm, and Bob Ekelund, Jr. professor emeritus …

New York Private, Preschool, Special Education Audits.

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While most school-age students with disabilities in New York receive their educational services from public school districts, preschool special education services are predominantly provided by private providers. As reported by the State Education Department in January, 80,000 students are enrolled served by over 300 providers at a cost of about $1.4 billion to the State and its local governments. In …

State Migration Numbers (2010-2017)

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Which states have the largest number of Americans leaving other states and moving to their state?  And which states have the largest number leaving their state? Here are the figures for 2010 thru 2017, published by the American Family Association of NY. States with most people moving in: Florida:                   +1,025,061 Texas:                      …

By the sea, by the beautiful sea.

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NYS Comptroller’s Office Audit of the City of Long Beach, New York Excerpts from Report # B18-7-5 issued May 8, 2018 To: Acting City Manager Michael Tangney Our Office has recently completed a review of the City’s budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The objective of the review was to provide an independent evaluation of the proposed budget. The scope …

All that glitters is not gold

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News broke on the morning of December 27th that President Donald J. Trump had signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that will reduce taxes for both families and businesses. Sounds great! Don’t get your hopes up. The law contains stipulations that limit federal deductibility of state and local taxes in future filings. How consequential? If …

Enforcement of the Law

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Three years ago a complaint was filed by parents, students and teachers with the City of New York alleging that 39 yeshivas were not offering a “substantially equivalent” education in English, math, history and science, basic tenet’s of universally accepted public education.            To assess, as mentioned in my column “The Convergence of the Nanny State and the Secular …