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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

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


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