Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began.

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On June 19th, Manhattan Democrat Sen. Liz Krueger announced the bill she sponsored to legalize recreational marijuana will not be voted on this year. “It’s only a delay, not the end of the road.” Hopefully more than a delay based on what is currently happening in Colorado, five years after legalization, as reported by the New York Times columnist Jack …

Governor Cuomo’s Silly War on Natural Gas

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By Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute published in the National Review.   Since 2005, domestic gas production of natural gas has nearly doubled, and American companies are now sending liquefied natural gas all over the world. But good luck getting that gas in Yonkers or New Rochelle. Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s continuing blockade on new gas …

Taking Stock of Albany’s 2019 Destructive Legislative Session.

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Among others, Bob McManus, contributing editor of City Journal and E.J. McMahon writing for the Empire Center agree that New York’s just ended state legislative session represents a triumph of the left. In part, how so! The lawmakers, and in particular progressive Democrats, dealt heavy blows to property rights and the rule of law, trial lawyers picked up a few juicy …

In a single day, many Katz business associates were Cuomo donors

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By: Chris Bragg – Times Union 5/24/2109 and “GRAFT” Podcast ALBANY — On a single day in 2014, at least seven people with some financial tie to Long Island aviation magnate Adam Katz donated a total of $70,000 to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s campaign. As reported, Cuomo received $10,000 from Jeffrey Schecter — Katz’s attorney in a 2006 divorce case …

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 …