Written by Senator Jack Martins Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00
I somehow blew up my brother-in-law’s power washer last week. I don’t know how it happened, but you know the feeling. You try never to borrow anything but when you finally do, not 20 minutes in, the otherwise indestructible machinery that’s been well-used for 15 years suddenly and inexplicably starts sputtering and belching smoke like a wounded Godzilla.
It’s a shame too. I was trucking right along, smoothly blasting away muck and grime and basking in the glow of my rejuvenated siding when I suddenly heard a bolt blow clean off the side of the machine. So my meticulously planned three-hour task turned into a full-day excursion as I headed to the Home Depot to educate myself on the wide world of power washers and where I bought new ones for both my brother-in-law and myself. Lesson one: better not to borrow anything expensive, for Murphy’s Law will surely intervene.
But that old adage aside, my column is actually about the process. If you’ve ever used a power washer you know how strangely satisfying the experience can be. To be sure, it’s slow and tedious work that requires careful attention so as not to let the water’s force damage what you’re cleaning. But as you progress inch by monotonous inch, you’re rewarded with a renewed surface gleaming back at you. And if you’re like me, you occasionally power the washer down to step back, admire your work, and reassess the details of your approach.
In reality, this is precisely how so many of life’s challenges have to be managed. I think power washing might be the perfect chore by which to teach our teenagers the value of slow and sustained effort. It’s also what came to mind this past week as I spoke at the WOR Business Breakfast at the Jericho Terrace. I was invited by WOR and CNBC contributor Ron Insana to speak with more than 100 local business owners about the business environment and what’s being done to help it flourish.
I asked Richard Bivone, Nassau Chairman of the Long Island Business Council and Nick Terzulli, Director of Business Development at the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to join us. The session immediately took off because our passionate business owners have no problems telling you what needs improvement. But that’s the kind of honest discussion that has been lacking in New York’s business policy-making for far too long. In the past, officials took businesses for granted and let New York City special interests dictate the discussion.
We all agreed though that we’re finally turning that corner. We’ve delivered on-time, balanced budgets with no business or personal tax increases. We cut personal income taxes to their lowest level in over 50 years, kept state spending to less than 2 percent growth and even established a real property tax cap. In essence, we’ve maintained state finances much as a successful business would maintain its own.
But we also agreed that we have to strike while the iron is hot and incentivize existing businesses to stay, while convincing new ones to open in New York. That simply can’t be done until we tackle New York’s notoriously excessive regulations. I’ve already reviewed thousands of pages of what appear to be ambiguous and often duplicative regulations, but untangling this mess, with an eye toward simplification is very appealing to me. Much like the power washer, it’s slow and steady work, taken inch by painstaking inch. The reward will be an attractive business environment that’s better for all working people.
I’ll be hosting a series of Senate hearings where business people can share their insights and expertise. Just like this week’s WOR breakfast, the more frank the discussions, the better. In the meantime, I urge any small business or would be start-ups to reach out to the Long Island Business Council (516-396-0600) and the IDA (516-571-1945). These are business people just like you, and they’re dedicated to helping in whatever way they can.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
The nine-story apartment building at 250 Old Country Road is rising on schedule, according to developers. Lake Success-based Lalezarian Developers is constructing a nine-story, 315-unit complex at the site.
Kevin Lalezarian estimated the project is about 20 percent complete.
“Our foundation is nearly complete,” Lalezarian said. “Our superstructure is proceeding. That’s the main thing happening right now.”
Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:00
The Mineola Fire Department is looking to replace its Company Two engine, Truck 168. The truck is 25 years old, consisting of an articulating boom and bucket.
A new truck would cost upwards of $1 million, fire reps said.
“The current truck has served the village well for many years, but is in need of replacement,” Chief of Department Jeff Clark said.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
The Mineola Hurricanes recently swept the Smithtown Bulls recently pounded the Smithtown Bulls in two games, winning 9-1and 6-1 at Brady Field in Smithtown. In game one, Chris Marotta brought the heat against the Bulls.
Smithtown managed just one hit off of Marotta, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out eight during his five innings of work. The Bulls jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Had college lacrosse burst onto the scene one generation earlier, one local resident would have become a household name within the inner circles. Settling for three National Championships and a professional contract, however, is not a bad consolation prize.
Alex Rosier can now add one more accomplishment to the resume, nearly 20 years after his college career ended.