The Bloated Deep State

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Prof. Donald Henry, from the University of Tulsa, wrote the following response to J.T. Young’s op-ed piece published in the WSJ on March 27th and titled “The Bloated Deep State.” He agrees, the writer in on target in “tracing the dangers of an unaccountable, bloated bureaucracy to the balanced powers of the three branches of government designed by our Founders.” …

Nassau Polling Place Inspector Charged

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NYPD Det. Jim Coll, a Seaford Republican, won an eleventh-hour court appeal to challenge John Ferretti Jr. (Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello’s great-nephew) for a seat on the Nassau County Legislature. Ferretti win was marred by an event that took place in Seaford, when while voting, Coll noticed a pile of altered ballot’s with an arrow pointing to Ferretti’s name …

A textbook example of broken government.

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Newsday’s expose’ of the inner workings’ of Nassau County politics – on all level, past and present- should serve as a textbook example (“Pathway to power,” News Feb 25). This is a broken system of government being manipulated by powerful politicians, prominent attorney’s and their minions, mayor’s, sheriff’s, police commissioners, administrative and Supreme court judges etc. all hobnobbing with Gary …

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, 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 2017, the …

Reforming Nassau County Politics

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Re: Recent Newsday article – “Pathway to Politics.” It really is a call to arms. I think a reform movement can only succeed from the top down, not from the bottom up.  Good intended one/two even three term legislators do not have the “juice” to get anything done.  They can help but don’t have the influence to lead. And once …

The Convergence of the Nanny State and Secular State

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Even ardent opponents of school choice accept that parents have the right to send their children to private schools. That may soon change in New York State, where education officials are preparing new guidelines to impose strict regulations on the instruction that religious and other private schools provide, while empowering local school districts to shutter those schools if they fail …

“Break up the game among Long Island political insiders.” *

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*Newsday – March 4, 2018. “A recent Newsday special report chronicles the rise of Gary Melius, the owner of Oheka Castle who sold the illusion of grandeur to outsiders while hosting a smoke-filled room of deal making that benefited Long Island’s political insiders. “Pathway to Power” is a story of outsized personalities exploiting us to achieve their outsized ambitions. It …

A Moment for Moving on Guns

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New York State Senator Charles E. Schumer New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Dear Senator’s Schumer and Gillibrand Need to know where you both stand to stop the carnage evident with repeated shootings taking the lives of many of our young children. What Mr. Peter’s suggests in his column is required reading with future legislation in mind.   Hal Peterson I …

Follow The Money.org

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A new web site available under “Other Resources.” A nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in State Politics that promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide. The Institute researches and archives a 50-state federal/state database of contributions documenting $50+ billion, plus more than 2 million state lobbyist-client relationships that are …

So much for any tax savings!

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The Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget includes a mandate known as the Countywide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI) plan. As explained by the governor in May, it requires the leaders of sixty-two cities, fifty-seven counties, 932 towns, 545 villages, 632 school districts and about 70 independent school districts to identify shared opportunities that will yield taxpayer savings. More than a gentle …