Let’s help, not hinder, economic growth in N.Y. state.

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By Alfonse D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, and founder of Park Strategies LLC.   Herald – Opinions – October 26, 2018 If you’ve been in the market for a home on Long Island, run a business here or are a student seeking a college loan, you’ll notice that interest rates have been inching up. That’s not good …

Governor Andrew Cuomo: Failed Ethics Reform

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When Governor Cuomo came into office in 2011, he inherited a legacy of state scandals and a history of attempts at legislating public ethics. Shortly thereafter, with legislative support, a new “Joint Commission on Public Ethics” (JCOPE) was established to wrestle these concerns to the ground. JCOPE was granted jurisdiction over the executive branch and the legislature, and all officers …

Should Governor Cuomo be Reelected? Not if I have a say!

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Governor Andrews just fired his first shot across the bow of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro’s campaign ship. A hard-hitting 30- second TV spot bellowing “You can’t clean up corruption with dirty hands.” The specifics, a local Industrial Development Agency gave a management and consulting service business (that Marc’s wife was working for) $227,000 in tax breaks. The ad further …

“Yimmy went to Yale.”

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No, James Reardon, a New York City policeman, caught up in a basketball shaving point scandal in the fifties, and author of the “Sweet Life of Jimmy Riley” did not go to Yale, as his sister comically suggested, he went to jail. The system of justice seems to have worked well then.  “You did the crime, you do the time.” …

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 …