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 …

From the desk of E.J. McMahon – Empire Center.org

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Governor Cuomo’s Division of the Budget (DOB) has just issued a Mid-Year Financial update The update reduces revenue projections by $850 million this year, and by another $850 million in each of the next two years, mostly as a result of an estimated $750 million drop in annual personal income tax receipts. As a result, the projected fiscal 2019 budget gap …

What They Make

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Reported by The Empire Center for Public Policy Inc. an independent, non-profit think tank.  County and Municipal Payrolls in New York State As of August 2017 Introduction: Local government is a labor-intensive business, and employee compensation is the single biggest element of most municipal budgets. The 2016-17 edition of What They Make, the Empire Center’s annual report on public payrolls, …

We voted

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Two days’ before Election Day, I used my web page to encourage a vote in favor of Ballot Proposal # 1. If approved, through the establishment of a properly managed convention, serious debate would have been possible to amend some critical aspects of state constitution that are begging for attention. Unfortunately, give or take a few souls, 2,711,000 (out of …