FACT CHECK: It’s pretty clear that New York has the highest negative population growth in the country,” said Jim Maisano, vice chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL).
No, actually NYS is 34th out of 50 at 2.87% (2010 vs 2013), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_population_growth_rate.
County Legislator Peter Harckham (D – North Salem) is equally off base. Unemployment is down considerably but not 50%. Since 2011 (Cuomo) it was about 8% now down to 6.9%.(maybe 15 drop which significant -- but 50% is just a wild number to throw around).
There isn't an issue that Astorino has to distinguish himself on. Taxes? See 2% property tax cap under Cuomo. Business/Growth? NYS is already way out ahead on that with tax free enterprise zones. Government reform? Fought with HUD over dog-whistle issue and lost costing us $7+M in aid. Population shift? Is anybody clamoring for an influx of low wage jobs like Florida and Texas? Don't think so. View Comment
He doesn't have anything to bring to the table. He got elected off the back of a dogwhistle issue and cost the County millions in aid from HUD. He could run on a promise to lower property taxes -- but he's too late to the party because everyone is running on that as evidenced by the 2% tax cap mandate. Is he going to make jobs and the economy an issue -- claiming NYS is losing people and jobs to other parts of the country? Anyone who can Google can check to see that NYS population is growing and that the unemployment rates are lower than our neighbors (NJ, CT, Mass,RI). Fracking?? Not a winnable issue or a sound idea either. Corruption? Probably not -- too many articles of his raid on the Independent Party and later huddling with Chris Christie. Champion smaller and more local government??? OK, but why is everyone who is in favor of smaller Govt running for Higher offices -- its just not a distinguishing characteristic. Guns/Religion/Abortion etc?? Fat chance -- its still NY State.
Then he's got to listen to Trump snipe from the sidelines while he trails badly in the polls and Trump waits for GOP to kiss his ring and beg him to throw his hat in the ring. View Comment
Sorry Rob, but County Executive isn't a work-from-home or remote work assignment. I don't care what you want to run for -- just step down and do it. If you ran for County Executive and told your constituents that the job is so easy I can do it while running for Gov. then you would not have been elected. View Comment
A tax credit means that when you fill out your NYS tax return you will need to 'claim' the credit on your return. Nothing is automatic about it because you will need to know where to do this and meet the criteria (I believe its income <300K and at least 1 child <17y.o. If you overlook it you will miss out on getting the credit. If you owe taxes to the state it will reduce your amount by $350. If you get a refund it would increase your refund by $350.
I like the idea of reducing the administrative costs. In the LoHud article link I list below the cost of sending out 1.2M checks is 480K or $0.40 each.
Clearly there is a political angle to sending a physical check at election time which the article describes. Either method is somewhat flawed.
A third alternative is to simply credit the 'Account' of the tax payer. NYS has all of our records electronically (which is how they would mail the checks anyway!). But, then there's no victory lap for the tax break -- so good luck with seeing that happen.
Most of the trauma I hear is from the teachers. In many cases the teachers are complaining to their 10 year old students -- which is a sad commentary on the lack of professionalism and mental maturity of some of the teachers. Frankly, the students should not even know that there is a new standard called Common Core. It should be transparent to them.
Furthermore, this is an issue that is almost exclusively domestic in nature. US Governors spearheaded the effort to develop common standards (not a common curriculum as many people mistakenly call it) while US university research confirmed that students are not entering their freshman college year adequately propared and many students need to take remedial classes and as a result graduate in 5 years rather than 4.
The academic debate of whether or not this is the right thing to do was settled a long time ago. While you may not agree with the way its being implemented it is highly supported by the educational community.
If you are really upset that your child was a 90% student last year and is now an 80% student you are foolishly concerning yourself with the wrong end of the debate. View Comment
Which constituents would that be? The ones who like to pay $17m in fines and reneg on an agreement in which they took $50m in grants.
Pandering to the ill-informed is a tried and true tactic to exploit the "low information" voter but the only thing that is going to happen here is Westchester will comply.
To vilify HUD and the federal government is the last bastion of a political train wreck. View Comment
So you guys like the government (local) officials that took $51m for something they didn't comply with -- but don't like the government officials who are trying to hold them accountable?
Funny how some people consider living in Westchester an achievement. If the proximity to NYC didnt exist our home values would be 1/3rd.
Did you know there are factual errors in this article? ANDREW Hamilton defended Zinger -- Alexander was 12 years old at the time!
While the Zinger trial likely had the effect of "freedom of the press" being included in the First Amendment -- "Birthplace of the Bill of Rights" does seem like over reach. View Comment
Not a fan of banning as broadly as stated. Huge difference between a McD and Cosi type sandwich shop. Also, huge difference between Bronxville and Eastchester --- ride down rt 22. Nothing quaint about it unless you think Value Drugs, Walgreens, CVS, a tire shop, and a bunch of gas stations and supermarkets are quaint! Personally, I don't eat fast food but I wouldn't want to own real estate where my options to generate income were so limited. View Comment
Utterly laughable. Don't just read what's printed here ....go to the map and see how useful it is for finding anything other than a single house at a time. After you've done that you will ask yourself "have any of these cops did likewise or are the just reading the script that the NRA handed them" View Comment
Mitt has nothing to offer Eastchester voters. Face it, your not rich enough to benefit from his economic 'plan', dumb enough to benefit from his social 'plan' or gullible enought to benefit from his small government 'Plan'. So what do you like about this guy? View Comment
They got it right as evidenced by Justice Roberts surprising Conservative mouthpieces who thought he would go against sound legal judgement . Anyone hiding behind the argument for small government is missing the basis for the decision. And to 'fake quote' Reagan -- who wouldn't even survive a mild VP candidate vetting these days -- is beyond illogical. Reagan was for big government and big government spending-- it was just all on the military and related industries. Universal health Care is something that Presidents in both parties have fought to obtain since the early 1900's. This President got it done at least to a large extent. After his 2012 win perhaps they can focus on a single payer system. View Comment