Who really lost the election!

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By: Washington Post Reporter Robert Samuelson Do you really know who lost the mid-term election? We all did. Both parties made the midterms a referendum on President Trump, at the expense of “anything resembling rational debate” on the serious, politically explosive problems facing the country. Take the federal deficit, which ballooned to $782 billion this year and is expected to …

New York State Gets Even Bluer

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Recently, on television, Governor Cuomo made the following comment. “We’re not Democrats and Republicans, really, we’re Americans; we can’t be divided.” Really! Unfortunately, his memory must be questioned. Why? Back in January of 2014 he also said that “those who are pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, anti-gay and pro-gun are extreme conservatives who have no place in his state.” (juxtapose our state). …

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 …

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 …

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 …