The recent political chatter about “Obamacare” before the Supreme Court of the United States got a great deal of media attention. President Obama added fuel to the fire when he declared, “Ultimately, I am confident the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
For someone who was a law professor those words were absurd. Even if a bill passed unanimously in the house and senate, it could still be overturned – if the law was in violation of the Constitution.
Giving up is not “reform.” County Executive Ed Mangano’s proposal to transfer property assessment from the county to the towns might possibly speed up assessment decisions by replacing one large and overwhelmed bureaucracy with several somewhat smaller ones. It will likely recreate problems that were major motivations in creating our highly centralized county government 75 years ago.
The 1938 county charter merged the town Boards of Assessors and the County Board of Equalization, ending three decades of complaints, lawsuits and hard feelings about the lack of specific, uniform levels of property assessments between the towns. In a tax system screaming out for simplification, clarification and a sense of certainty, spinning off assessments to the towns will reintroduce “equalization” as an annual issue. Tens of thousands of residents are still trying to figure out why their assessment went down but their tax bill still went up. The division of taxes heading up the tax food chain in an equitable manner is the most complex subject in local government, and it’s all going to make people very sad, particularly in villages and school districts that are split between townships.
Manhattan District Attorney (D.A.) Robert Morgenthau was facing a spirited Democratic primary challenge from a former judge in 2005, but his opponent had trouble finding anything substantively negative to say about Morgenthau.
The reason I know this: a city-based tabloid newspaper reporter called me weeks before the election, asking whether it was legal to have a Manhattan driver’s license while at the same time registering and insuring a car in Dutchess County, where auto insurance premiums are much lower. The answer: yes, so long as the insured vehicle is primarily garaged in Dutchess County. I was the director of public affairs for the New York State Insurance Department at the time and knew immediately the question pertained to Morgenthau because he met those criteria.
Written by Aubri Juhasz Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
Under the direction of Head Coach Kristen O’Leary and Assistant Coach Morgan Cestari last year’s junior varsity team experienced considerable success completing their season undefeated in their league. Oyster Bay High School Physical Education Teacher Charlie Rizzuto will coach this year’s varsity team.
Rizzuto was head coach of the boy’s lacrosse program at Commack High School for two years prior to his switch to Oyster Bay. By no means short on experience, Rizzuto has been coaching both boys and girls lacrosse at the scholastic and club levels for the past eight years.
“I have coached the sport of lacrosse at every level, PAL through collegiate and everything in between.” said Rizzuto. Rizzuto, a Long Island native, was a two-time All Division-One Suffolk County attack man at Sachem North. He went on to be named an Inside Lacrosse All-American while attending Pace University.
This year’s girls lacrosse program consists of 35 girls, an incredibly large showing considering the size of the Oyster Bay School District. “The program in itself is like one large team,” said Rizzuto. “They practice together but only make the split between varsity and junior varsity come game day.”
OBHS junior Hannah Kaiser said, “I’ve been waiting for a varsity program for the longest time. My hope for this season is that Oyster Bay surprises the lacrosse community. I don’t want to just have a ‘good’ first year. I want to make the playoffs, and go as far as we can after that.” Kaiser, a member of this year’s varsity team has been a member of the Oyster Bay Girls Lacrosse Program since the start, participating on the middle school and junior varsity teams. Kaiser was instrumental in the growth of the program. An enthusiast for the sport, she along with teammate and fellow Junior Cailin Cook were both leading figures in the formation of the program. “Cailin and I spoke at a board meeting to show how much a lacrosse program would mean to us,” said Kaiser. Now given the chance to compete on the varsity level Kaiser said, “As coach Rizzuto would say, we want to ‘shock the world.’”