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Why is New York State listed as the worst state with regard to taxes by having the distinction of being 72 percent above the national average? The problem is over spending and unfunded mandates. The state assemblymen and senators have impossed unfunded mandates on local municipal governments. The two biggest culprits are the state pension fund and the Medicare/Medicaid programs. In addition to these two major culprits, education, which is the constitutional responsibility of the state, is also thrust upon local municipalities and their taxpayers. The state legislature has failed us by not protecting us from a raid by the state, which prevents local governments from functioning in a prudent, financial way.

Our legislators like DiNapoli, Balboni, Hannon, Marcellino, Skelos, Trunzo, etc. are mostly elected along party lines or as spokespersons for special interests. They may send out a newsletter or two, which are self promotional, political advertising pieces. They rarely use their voice to oppose runaway spending or the imposition of state-ordered mandates on local governments. Our legislators have brought about more costs overall without giving any thought on how it was going to be paid.

Senator Trunzo introduced and passed legislation to grant retired teachers retroactive medical benefits. This bill cost the pension plan millions of dollars. This cost is passed on to school districts as an unfunded mandate. The school districts had no choice on offering this retroactive benefit. The state didn't contribute one dollar to the cost.

Why did News 12 have a recent expose on the high cost of living on Long Island and the growing number of young couples and families leaving the area? Why do we have a difficulty retaining nurses, volunteer firefighters, and other service providers? Why have some school district taxes risen 40 percent in only 4 years?

The legislature is partially to blame and should be held accountable on Election Day.

The co-chairpersons of the 75h Anniversary Committee of the Ladies Auxiliary of Flower Hill Hose Co. No 1 would like to thank those who supported our organization during our recent fund-raising fashion show. We deeply appreciate how generous the merchants were; our raffles were a complete success. We also wish to thank all the members of the committee and the auxiliary. Everyone worked very hard and we had a successful event. A special thank you to the members of Flower Hill Hose Co. No. 1 and the Port Washington Fire Department for all their help.

Donations are being made to the Burn Unit at Nassau University Hospital and to the Ashley Fund.


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