The mid-year financial projections for 2013 indicate that the County will end the year with a $5.6 million budgetary surplus. This follows on the heels of 2012’s surplus of $41.5 million, now confirmed by independent auditors. These budget surpluses are due to increased sales tax revenues from the improving economy (up 10.4 percent year to date) and reduced Social Service costs due to lower unemployment (down to 6 percent, one of the lowest rates in New York State and lower than that of Suffolk County and New York City.)
In his article, John Owens criticized public schools for essentially being expensive bureaucracies that often fail in their educational mission. His criticism is well founded given recent test scores which clearly demonstrate that too many students are not taught at the highest level and lack the necessary critical thinking skills to function in our global economy.
If you are a registered Democrat, there is a primary next week on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
When it comes to candidates for county executive, there is only one choice as far as I am concerned. I am completing my first term serving you on the Nassau County Legislature and it is painfully clear that we desperately need the kind of vision, leadership and fiscal responsibility that we got from Tom Suozzi.
Over the past two years, I have relayed to you a litany of problems caused by Edward Mangano’s administration. These issues are plaguing the Nassau County government. They are hurting you, our taxpayers and residents.
I have known Adam Haber since he was my soccer coach in kindergarten. He is a very responsible person, community-oriented, civic-minded and a very hard worker. Adam Haber is a great politician as well as a great person. I am going into ninth grade and have learned a lot about Nassau County politics. Adam has a vision for Nassau County that will restore respectability to our county. This is why you should vote for Adam in the primary election on September 10.
A recent Eyewitness News program aired a story about voter fraud in Freeport. I’m not surprised. There’s so much corruption in politics these days, and I’m sick of it.
I’ve known Adam Haber for over a decade, and his character and integrity are beyond reproach. I’m so glad he’s running for Nassau County Executive. Finally we have a candidate free from corruption and political office climbing. On top of that he’s got one of the most talented business minds I know. As a trustee of the Roslyn Board of Education he’s implemented countless ideas to save and make money, totaling about $10,000,000 for their district. Imagine what he could do for all of Nassau as our county executive.
Let’s take our county back. Join me on September 10 and vote for Adam Haber, Democrat for Nassau County Executive.
I’ve lived in Roslyn for 28 years, and I am very impressed with the fresh ideas Adam Haber brought to the Roslyn School Board. He pushed us to refinance our debt, consolidate our bus routes, and renegotiate our broadcast rights with Cablevision. These ideas are all unique to Roslyn, and they started with Adam Haber. I voted for him because he promised new ideas to save money, and he delivered. We haven’t cut teachers, we’ve preserved and added programs, and our district boasts the lowest tax increases in almost all of Nassau. I’ve had some personal contact with Adam Haber, and I’ve found him a sincere, caring, family man with a lot of integrity.
I was recently speaking with one of my staff via cell phone as he walked his dog late in the evening. Unfortunately, we had to stop our conversation about a half dozen times as he waited for the noise from overhead aircraft to pass. So to those who ask me about airplane noise, yes, I do understand how aggravating it is. To be sure, I live with it every day, like most of you.
The selfishness we’re witnessing in Albany right now has to stop.
You know I’ve written in this column many times that New York State has made real progress these last three years. Things are far better than they used to be simply because Republicans and Democrats alike are finally working together. Despite the accompanying noise, there’s really no magic formula. Legislators with common sense have finally realized that you can’t always get everything you want and that most times, the reasonable middle ground also happens to advance the people’s agenda very nicely.
But I’m not “feeling the love” lately.
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the City of Detroit filing for bankruptcy. It’s frightening to think that what was once one of the nation’s primary economic engines cannot pay its day-to-day bills. Despite sensationalist commentary from both sides of the political spectrum, I can assure you there’s really no single reason this happened. There are many causes and even more opinions, but one thing is for sure: Detroit borrowed and spent extravagantly for many years and dug itself right into a hole. Sadly, no one on the state level in Michigan intervened to get them back on track.
It is not often you have the opportunity to support someone you think can actually make a difference. Nor is it common for a successful businessman to venture into politics with a completely independent voice and no personal agenda. Adam Haber, Democrat for Nassau County Executive, is such a man. I am publicly supporting Adam because I have witnessed his excellent performance as a member of the Roslyn Public Schools’ Board of Education and his incredible success in the private sector.
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