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Letter: Why The Uproar?

Why all the uproar over LIPA paying some Navigant consultants $500 an hour ?

Even though each consultant’s  “advice” is probably not worth more than the legal minimum wage, his  hourly fee is  equivalent to “only” $4,000 for an 8-hour day, “only” $20,000 for a 5-day week, and “only” ONE MILLION DOLLARS  for a 50-week year.  Hey, if the guy’s “storm preparedness” advice wasn’t extraordinary, LIPA wouldn’t pay him that much---would they ?  Maybe his insights are so brilliant that, like the Oreal woman used to say, he’s “worth it”.  And, anyway, don’t LIPA’s initials (secretly) stand for

“Let’s  Increase  Payments (or Payouts, or Payoffs)  Astronomically” ?

And let’s not fail to appreciate  Navigant for NOT being as profligate as the IRS ; which put up one of their guys in a $3,500 hotel room for 5 nights ($17,500) .  In stark contrast, Navigant put up one of their consultants in a room costing “only” $542 a night; which meant they paid “only” $6,815.30 for 11 nights---which was $10,000 less  than the IRS paid for a mere 5 nights.  We should be thanking LIPA for hiring such a cost-conscious company as Navigant; which was so relatively thrifty  with the money we ratepayers gave LIPA to give them.

Richard Siegelman

 

News

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, military veterans and Gold Star families will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Plainview is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending an exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Last month, despite concerns about lack of confidence in the validity of eligibility information provided by the county assessor’s office, the Plainview trustees voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

The Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School business teams placed second and third in the Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge. They competed against two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County for scholarships and cash awards from various sponsors.  

On April 9, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, student teams had 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their plan for a business in the Plaza of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is feasible and would be successful.


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