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 …

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 …

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 …

Why NY’s property-tax cap faces a critical year.

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By:  Joseph Spector, Albany Chief USA Today Network ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make the property-tax cap permanent in 2019, but he will face pressure from powerful special-interest groups and a new state Legislature who may not support his proposal. The cap is one of Cuomo’s top legislative achievements because it has slowed the growth of property taxes …

Go to Jail, Collect Your Pension

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By James Coll – Adjunct Professor of American and Constitutional history at Hofstra University. October 2, 2018. New York State voters thought that they had passed a constitutional amendment punishing corrupt politicians – but they didn’t, read the fine print. Sheldon Silver was due to begin his seven-year sentence this week for violating the law, the public trust, and the …

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 …

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 …