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Kauffman Talks Finance

Just a day after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2014 State of the State address, Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority,  visited the students and staff at

Farmingdale State College for a special presentation to help decipher Cuomo’s speech. 

 

New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinnacci and Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen also attended the presentation on Jan. 9, to learn more about some of the changes in state finance for 2014. 

 

According to Lupinnacci, who is an adjunct professor at Farmingdale College, Cuomo had some very good points, which included extending middle class tax cuts, and looking at tax cuts in terms of corporate taxes, inheritance taxes and manufacturing taxes that will affect upstate New York.  

 

“We want to keep families on Long Island,” Lupinacci said. “We want to keep sure jobs continue to be produced and that tax revenue comes from those jobs.” 

 

Lupinacci added that while he was pleased with Gov. Cuomo’s presentation, he would have liked to see more discussion on the state’s implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards. 

 

After the introductions, Kauffman took the stage to discuss state spending, which he said has been held at 2 percent, resulting in a significant tax decrease this year. 

 

According to Kauffman, the state has adopted a four-step plan to accomplish this. The plan for reducing taxes includes tax cuts for businesses, a property tax freeze, property tax reform and estate tax reform. 

 

Speaking to an audience of predominantly undergraduate students, Kauffman said that the state will provide full scholarships for the top 10 percent of high school graduates planning to attend a SUNY or CUNY school for math or science.

 

Kauffman also discussed new legislation impacting those caught texting behind the wheel. According to Kauffman, people under 21 years of age caught texting and driving will lose their license for a year.  

 

For drivers over 21, the penalties will be more severe. Earlier this year, the state passed legislation that automatically gives the driver 5 points on their license if caught texting at the wheel. 

 

Although Kauffman delved into topics that have the most impact on the audience of predominantly college students, he debriefed attendees on calls for a minimum wage hike, plans for corporate tax cuts, and plans to allow limited use of medical marijuana at 20 hospitals in the state. 

 

For more details on Gov. Cuomo’s address, visit www.governor.ny.gov/SOS2014/2014-State-of-the-State.

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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