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 …

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 …