You’re Lights May Be Flickering!

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In Boston, a large Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) barge is docked to provide a supplemental source of energy to help keep the lights on. Originating in Russia, that supply is badly needed because activists in Massachusetts and New Hampshire successfully halted pipe line projects they felt would lock them into “fossil fuel dependence for decades.”    A bizarre solution given …

New York’s Fiscal Slide Down a Slippery Slope!

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The Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “watchdog group” with a mission to achieve constructive changes in the finances and services of the city and state, just issued a study titled “A $10 Billion Dollar Reason to Rethink Economic Development in New York.”     This is an interesting study with all of the numbers going in the wrong direction. The …

No wonder Nassau County is in difficult straits

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Letter to the Editor – Newsday Does anyone have to question why Nassau County remains in dire financial straits after reading that Kate Murray is leaving her ridiculous $165,000-a-year job as vice president of institutional advancement at Nassau Community College to take a job as a deputy to county clerk Maureen O’Connell for $150,000. Why is the county paying a …

Lawmakers Push for Social Justice in Cannabis Legalization Efforts

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As New Jersey’s legalization bill heads for a vote in the legislature with robust racial and social equity provisions this Monday, New York also considers the best path forward. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a plan to legalize, tax and regulate adult-use of recreational cannabis in the state’s budget, but some lawmakers are raising concerns that his proposal lacks what New …

Banishing Profit Is Bad for Your Health

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WSJ – March 19th House Democrats’ new Medicare for All bill asserts “a moral imperative. . . .to eliminate profit from the provision of health care.” The legislation specifies that federal health funding—virtually all health funding if the bill were to become law—may not be used for “the profit or net revenue of the provider.” That makes it more radical and less …

NYS 2019-20 Executive Budget Released

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From: NYCOM – Deputy Director Barbara Epps To: All Mayors, Managers, Administrators, Fiscal Officers and Attorneys The Governor released his 2019-20 Executive Budget yesterday afternoon for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2019. NYCOM will be sending you a comprehensive analysis of the Budget’s impact on cities and villages, but in the meantime, we wanted to highlight some of the …

Why NY’s property-tax cap faces a critical year.

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By:  Joseph Spector, Albany Chief USA Today Network ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make the property-tax cap permanent in 2019, but he will face pressure from powerful special-interest groups and a new state Legislature who may not support his proposal. The cap is one of Cuomo’s top legislative achievements because it has slowed the growth of property taxes …

Lawsuit aims to block legislator’s pay raises.

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ALBANY — The constitutionality of a special committee that awarded state legislators their first salary increase in two decades is being challenged in court. A lawsuit filed Friday in state Supreme Court in Albany County by the conservative Government Justice Center argues that the process, which resulted in a 64 percent raise to lawmakers that will be phased in over three years, was …

New York – Gov. Andrew Cuomo Unveils his 2019 Justice Agenda

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Governor Cuomo, in a speech hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, urged the legislature to act in the first 100 days of the next year, on the following agenda: Ensure a Progressive Tax System:While the federal government prioritizes tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Governor Cuomo believes in a just, progressive tax system that taxes its citizens based on their …

Albany Politics – Bad DA Bill May Be Killed

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A settlement between New York district attorney’s and the state has killed a criminal justice reform measure that would have created an independent body to investigate bad prosecutors. The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York sued in October over the legislation, which it argued violated the State Constitution. Under the agreement both the law suit and the …