Once again Representative Peter King totes the Republican line instead of voting for what’s best for his constituency. Last Friday saw the House of Representatives vote on Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget plan. All but four Republicans voted yes.
This is a budget that will destroy Medicare, as we know it. Ryan’s plan will replace guaranteed health insurance for the elderly and replace it with an underfunded voucher system for seniors to buy coverage in the much more expensive private market. Because the value of Ryan’s vouchers fails to keep up with the out-of-control rise in premiums in the private health insurance market, America’s elderly would be forced to pay more out of pocket or accept less coverage.
Dollars for Scholars, is a voluntary, non-profit organization, whose purpose is to establish, maintain and offer scholarship awards to graduating seniors of Island Trees High School, who wish to continue their education.
(This letter to the editor is in response to “The Showroom Rebuttal” by Fire Commissioner Joel Bearman that appeared in the Friday, April 15 edition of the Levittown Tribune.)
(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “The Showroom” letter by Paul Manton that appeared in the Friday, April 8 edition of the Levittown Tribune.)
I read the Letter to the Editor in the April 8 edition of the Levittown Tribune and I feel that a misleading fact was stated. When speaking of increasing salaries, of superintendents and police chiefs, fire commissioners and fire chiefs cannot be grouped into this category.
In Nassau County, fire commissioners are elected by the taxpayers of their fire district and do not receive any salary, benefits or any other form of payments.
Assemblyman Dave McDonough acknowledged he is pleased with an on-time state budget while being less than satisfied by its contents. He added that more work needs to be done in order to comprehensively address the demands of Long Island taxpayers and job creators. McDonough also emphasized his priorities of no significant new taxes, a cap on state spending, unfunded-mandate relief, and the structural redesign of Medicaid, believing that the 2011-12 state budget only laid the first brick in the strong foundation on which the Empire State needs to rebuild its broken economy.
The recent rancor, ballyhoo, and donnybrook over the enormous salaries of school superintendents, police chiefs, fire commissioners, and other upper echelon civil servants (and a few lower echelon ones as well) is best understood when we consider that these people are essentially support staff. What do I mean?
As a New Yorker I was disheartened to hear that the New York State Tobacco Control Program has been slashed to $41 million. This will no doubt be a disservice to the people of New York.
The 2011-12 budgeting process is coming to a close. From the beginning, the Board’s goal was to develop a budget that continues to support all of the quality educational programs and services in Island Trees, and at the same time, take into account the economic concerns expressed by many residents.
To balance these objectives was by no means an easy task given the many formidable obstacles the Board faced along the way. In truth, the challenges presented have been the most difficult in decades. The Board labored over every budget line, examined staffing, and sought creative measures to meet the needs of all of their constituents.
Due to the economic conditions that our country has been suffering, cutbacks in state aid, increased unfunded mandates, and a tax cap; I would encourage you to fairly negotiate with the Levittown Board of Education to make concessions to your existing contract for the upcoming school year. Without such concessions, continued loss of programs and staff is inevitable for the Levittown School District.
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