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:                      …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

You’re November 7th vote

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In a few days’ we will be asked to consider amending the New York State Constitution. Short of a miracle, it is not likely to happen. Why? A short list. One, media emphasis has been lacking and most individuals are unware of it even being a ballot issue, possibly minimizing support. Two, opponents i.e. organized labor groups’ across the board, …

New York constitutional convention vote raises hopes, fears

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Newsday New York constitutional convention vote raises hopes, fears August 26, 2017 By Michael Gormley  michael.gormley@newsday.com   The 1777 convention, which wrote the first state constitution, rejected an attempt to end slavery. Members of New York’s first constitutional convention assemble in front of the courthouse in Kingston on April 20 of that year to listen to the convention secretary as he read …

The Debt Monkey on New York’s Back

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As reported by Nicole Gelinas, a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, on both on both the Federal and State level, our economy has powered itself for decades on cheap credit. If that ends, and early signs indicate it might, one part of the economy (in particular) will suffer: ours. New York state and the city depend on …