Soaring costs over which they have no control, known in academic and legislative circles as unfunded mandates, is increasingly frustrating school district officials, already working hard to hold the line against higher taxes.
Many residents are not fully aware of what unfunded mandates are, even though they have become the bane of local educators, who say such costs threaten to eat further into needed programs for special education, arts and sciences and athletics.
“Quixotic” is the word that came to mind when I first heard that Adam Haber wanted the Democratic nomination to run against Ed Mangano for Nassau County Executive. After all, Haber is just a rich guy from Roslyn whose political resume doesn’t include much more than “Member, Roslyn School Board.”
At first glance, there was a kind of Don Quixote kookiness to Haber resolving to take on the likes of Tom Suozzi, himself a powerful brand in these parts, and maybe even Jon Kaiman, the well-proven Town of North Hempstead supervisor, who (though undeclared) would (were he to declare) enter the fray with an undefeated record.
I can think of better ways to spend next Saturday than vomiting on the Long Island Rail Road. But you’d be surprised at how many people will be doing precisely that as they use New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade as an excuse to get sotted. (St. Patrick’s Day is, of course, next Sunday.)
For so many Americans, the feast of the patron saint of Ireland has become an alcohol-drenched outing in stupid shirts, green hair and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” buttons. And since our youth, we’ve been cautioned that it’s a grave insult to wear orange on this day of kelly.
The instant we regained power and phone service after Hurricane Sandy, I ordered a generator. Not some cheap contraption from a big-box store, but a showpiece of elegant engineering, with enough juice to run most of my house, and an inverter that makes the current so clean I can plug in sensitive electronics (i.e. computers).
Yes, I’m guilty of closing the barn door after the horse escaped, but from what I’ve seen, I still will have plenty of opportunities to use the generator. After all, I’m a LIPA customer.
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