Throughout my career, both in the public and private sector, I have supported private-public partnership projects that truly benefit the general public and do not rip-off government sponsors, ratepayers or taxpayers.
For instance, in 1996, as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, I initiated what was at that time the largest privatization project in New York public finance history—the $1.2 billion privatization of JFK’s International Arrivals Building. The old I.A.B., which was owned and managed by the Port Authority, was a public embarrassment. The new building, which was built by private developers and is managed by a renowned professional corporation, is a model for airports throughout the nation.
His story was too good to be true. He grew up as a New York Mets fan and was drafted by his favorite team in 2001, making his professional debut in 2004 at third base at Shea Stadium.
He has been the face of Flushing and with Jose Reyes now playing shortstop for the Miami Marlins, there’s one clear fact that should be carved in stone: The Mets must keep David Wright.
General manager Sandy Alderson is trading in signing big name free agents for building from within the Mets minor league system, hoping developmental prospects come along faster than expected. The Mets have indicated they want to cut payroll, but how far?
Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
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Upbeat is the only way to describe Comptroller George Maragos’ report on Nassau County’s financial situation. He said that expenses have been stabilized in spite of increases in almost everything. Speaking at a press conference at Anton Newspapers he noted the raise in Medicare and health insurance. He was pleased that Nassau County has an A+ rating from Standard and Poor’s. We will get new revenue when 50 more red light cameras are installed and also with the Boot and Tow Program for those who have failed to pay their fines. Maragos also noted the new private bus service is, he claimed, giving us better service at a lower cost.
Accorsi was credited with pinpointing sure fire NFL stars like John Elway and most recently, eight years ago with Eli Manning. It was a safe bet to say no one could make a mark like Accorsi in New York.
I think people in neighboring states could hear New Yorkers breathe a collective sigh of relief this past week as we finally began to see the effects of our new tax cap. More than anything else, property taxes have been the overriding issue in New York for many years, especially since they’ve grown on average more than 6 percent a year for 10 years, double the rate of inflation.
So, after leading the nation in runaway increases for so long, we finally hit the brakes in 2011 with a tax cap that had bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature. With limited exceptions, it holds increases in school and local property taxes to 2 percent a year, or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.
Editors note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife Grace, founded The Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.
Mineola is the home of William Donohue, the head of the Catholic League. He is a big, friendly Irishman, but if he feels that the rights of the church are under attack, he turns into a fierce opponent.
Right around this time every year, burgeoning college football players are setting up interviews, attending charity functions, performing at the NFL Scouting Combine and showcasing why they should be considered the next big thing until the NFL Draft. There are agencies out there that prepare, coach and mentor them for the exposure, the limelight and the glamour.
But there’s one thing that takes players back to their senior year of high school, an essential SAT for draft-eligible football players—the Wonderlic test.
Each day, including weekends, I receive emails from the Senate Communications Office that contain news stories from media outlets around the state. The emails cover just about everything that would be of interest to state senators and we’re asked to review them to keep abreast of developing issues. I actually kind of enjoy reading most of them. It’s like having all the key issues conveniently delivered every morning and it makes my job that much easier.
Most news “trends” come from unplanned events or circumstances. For example, a hurricane will naturally trigger stories for several days on emergency preparedness or our lack of it. But I’ve been in politics long enough to read other stories and decipher that something’s happening behind the scenes, a story behind the story. These seemingly innocuous items are gently spun into the news stream to slowly start beating the drum of support for some upcoming issue or agenda.
New Yorkers said, “Play it again, Sam,” and we did. For the second consecutive year, your state government produced an on-time budget that puts the breaks on state spending and does not increase taxes or fees. You heard that correctly: holds spending in check with no new taxes or fees.
We had been working very hard, noses to the grindstone, but frankly, I thought there’d surely be some last-minute hitch that would send us back to the drawing board. It’s always difficult reaching consensus in a state as large and diverse as ours. Thankfully, nothing so difficult materialized and we moved forward with not only an on-time budget, but a responsible one as well. However, before I highlight it, I’d like to share why this is so significant.
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