Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
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.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
A Plainview professor coached a young Farmingdale math talent all the way to a mathematical championship recently.
Farmingdale State College sophomore Javier Garcia took first place in the 2013 annual U.S. National Collegiate Mathematics Championship, part of the Mathematical Association of America’s conference, Mathfest, held in Hartfod, Conn.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Farmingdale and Levittown.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.