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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

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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