NIFA’s action means there will have been no wage hikes for the county’s 7,600 plus member workforce dating back to April 2011, and continuing through the end of March 2013. The dollar savings to Nassau’s general fund are significant: $35 million that would otherwise have been allocated for contractually mandated wage hikes is paying other bills.
Can you name the former Congressman who was the Republican Party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2010? Probably not, although you may know his daughter, one-time American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.
Her father, former Rep. Joseph DioGuardi of Westchester County, won a three-candidate GOP U.S. Senate primary in September 2010, winning the right to face U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November 2010’s general election, where Gillibrand prevailed with 63 percent of the vote. Senator Gillibrand is currently filling out the final two years of former Senator Hillary Clinton’s six-year term, and must run again in November 2012 to secure another six years in the U.S. Senate.
Two developers responded recently to the county’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for new construction on comparatively small parts of the Complex and the Mangano administration is reviewing both of them this month. The county executive will choose one, and then ask the county Legislature to review, and then approve, the favored proposal.
The New York Mets were born in 1962, which means that, if they were a person rather than a baseball team, they would be fretting in 2012 about being old enough to join the AARP.
Alas, the Mets as an institution have bigger problems today than turning 50 as media accounts of the team’s financial problems continue to make headlines.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano did not have the authority to terminate the county Assessment Review Commission’s (ARC) nine commissioners “in the absence of cause, prior to the expiration of their fixed statutory terms,” according to a unanimous decision rendered last week by the state’s highest court.
Yet only three of the nine now-former ARC commissioners remained as petitioners in the lawsuit against County Executive Mangano by the time the Court of Appeals ruled in the petitioners’ favor on the issue of wrongful termination, the decision indicates. The Court of Appeals agreed with Nassau County, however, when saying the petitioners had to pay their own legal bills, even though the petitioners wanted the county’s taxpayers to pay their attorneys’ fees, too. The ARC, an independent agency, is responsible for reviewing all applications for correction of assessment filed in Nassau County.
The county-owned Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale is a 67-acre site used extensively by high school and college athletes. Yet few others, outside of their fans, have reason to visit this venue, which is located west of the Nassau Coliseum.
The Mangano administration wants the complex to become a ‘destination location’ and, with that goal in mind, is seeking a private-sector developer to build, and operate, an indoor facility at the complex, which could host “youth recreation, amateur sports, exhibitions and public events.”
A primary election between Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn) could materialize this year, according to a story published last week in the Daily News.
One of the reasons for this potential showdown is that New York’s Congressional delegation must drop to 27 from the current 29 U.S. House Members. The U.S. House of Representatives consists of 435 Members, and the state-by-state seat allocation is made every decade after the U.S. Census report is released. The 2010 Census found that other parts of the country saw greater population growth than New York over the previous 10 years.
The Democrat-controlled state Assembly and the GOP-majority state Senate are charged with drawing the new Congressional District (CD) lines and conventional wisdom holds that one upstate CD and one downstate CD will be eliminated. The incumbents in those two CDs can either retire or seek re-election in a new CD that may have little in common with their old one.
The New York Islanders will participate on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the first-ever National Hockey League (NHL) game to be played at either Barclays Center or in Brooklyn. But it may not be the last.
“We love the idea of the Islanders playing a game here,” said Bob Sanna, executive vice president of Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), and head of construction for Barclays Center. When our conversation about the upcoming Islanders-New Jersey Devils preseason game turned to Barclays Centers’ extraordinary access to mass transit, Sanna added, “Getting here is no more complicated than going to Madison Square Garden on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to see a Knicks game.”
Every LIRR train line, with the exception of the Port Washington branch, can deliver passengers directly to the LIRR’s Atlantic Terminal station and Barclays Center is a short walk from there. Port Washington branch customers must first travel to Penn Station, and then take a 20-minute subway ride, to reach the venue.
CBS Television Stations’ bid to acquire Melville-based WLNY-TV moved forward last week as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) initial public comment period on the proposed transaction concluded with no one objecting to the deal.
First announced publicly in December 2011, CBS Television Stations has signed a definitive agreement to purchase for $55 million an independent television station founded by its seller, Michael Pascucci’s WLNY Holdings Inc., in the 1980s. Having derived its call letters from We Love New York, WLNY-TV is Channel 10 if you are a cable subscriber. Channel 55 is where you’ll locate WLNY-TV if your household has either a satellite provider or relies on over-the-air service.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) raised fares, cut service and imposed a new payroll tax on downstate New Yorkers between 2009 and 2011.
During those same three years, however, the tens of thousands of MTA New York City Transit workers represented by Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 each received a cumulative salary increase of 11 percent. The same arbitrator-approved contract which gave TWU-represented workers these pay hikes also reduced their health care premium contributions, thereby requiring the MTA to pay higher transit worker benefits, too.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net