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.
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.
Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.
“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”