Have you noticed the long lines around the motor vehicle buildings in your neighborhood? Should you be concerned?

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The above photo was taken at the Motor Vehicle office on Fort Greene Place in Brooklyn a few days after the new Green Light Law went into effect allowing all New Yorkers (over the age of 16) to apply for a standard, non-federal license or learner’s permit regardless of their citizenship or legal status. A large green sign in the …

Thank God Nassau County is not running an airline!

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More than a decade ago, Nassau County awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a consultant hired to merge into a single system its failing, outdated computer networks that manage everything from employee paychecks to contractor payments. The project’s expected completion date was in 2012. Now, after spending a total of $43.4 million in borrowed money for the project, the county still doesn’t have its new computer …

Illegal New York immigrants can now “See the USA in a Chevrolet.” Dinah Shore – 1953.

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Although GM was anxious to sell cars, no one (including Dinah) ever envisioned their use by individuals that don’t have to prove they are here legally. That all changed last Monday when Gov. Andrew Cuomos’ “Green Light Bill” became law granting undocumented and illegal immigrants’ access to a driver’s licenses. To stir these murky waters even further, the governor stipulated …

National Grid, Long Islands gas supplier, agrees to end gas moratorium.

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The Governor’s position: He threatened to pull the plug on its state contract if National Grid doesn’t back down from its claim that it couldn’t keep up with demand for gas service after the state denied a permit for a new pipeline. The decision reached: “National Grid agreed to lift a moratorium on new natural gas hook-ups and will pay …

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: I’ll pull National Grid’s license if they don’t fix the supply.

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By Hal Peterson                  To understand what the governor has in mind let’s consider the suppliers position first. National Grid is a British multinational electricity and gas utility company headquartered in Warwick, United Kingdom. Its principal activities are in the United Kingdom while serving 1.8 million gas customers in Downstate New York and our homes.  On their web site the …

“O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott (1808)

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Last week’s column “Managing other people’s money” was written to explain how next year’s Nassau County’s $131.1 billion budget first gained the attention of the New York State Comptroller’s Office; and the role played by both the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) and the Nassau County Legislature in its certification.    Now the rest of the story. On October 29th …

Managing Other People’s Money

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Both New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran recently released two divergent comments that require, in my opinion, further examination to judge, whether or not, fiduicary responsibilities and applicable accounting standards, are being met for the common good.     Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports Nassau County is under “significant fiscal stress” based on year-end general fund …

Florida ‘more friendly’ for expansion, LI assisted living developer says

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Engel Burman Group, the Jericho-based developer of the upscale Bristal Assisted Living chain, will focus future expansion efforts in South Florida rather than the tristate area, an executive said Wednesday citing National Grid’s moratorium on new gas hookups as a determining factor.   “It’s always been difficult to get things done in this region, but the final straw is this natural gas situation,” president Jan …

Who’s running the railroad?

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Crain’s New York Business 9/1/19 New York must decide whether politicians or independent boards control public authorities. Public authorities over the past 50 years have become a critical source of funds for the state. As public needs have outstripped tax revenue, the state has increasingly turned to these quasi-governmental bodies to pay for essential infrastructure by issuing bonds neither approved …

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 …