Strong legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that will protect disabled New York state residents from discrimination was signed into law last week.
This is a response to Nassau County Executive Mangano’s column “County’s Lawsuit Against the MTA”, which appeared in the August 4, 2010 issue of The Roslyn News. As is apparent, the problems created for Nassau County by the MTA legislation, including its Employer Payroll Tax component, are varied, mounting, and yet were so predictable from the start. What’s shocking to me however is that, in his column, The County Executive never mentions how we came to be burdened by this tax in the first place. I’m sure he knows that our own Senator Johnson was the hold-out key vote passing it as part of the MTA bailout legislation. What’s worse, Mr. Johnson seems to have done it as part of a deal to get himself appointed to the MTA board (please see The Roslyn News May 14, 2009 article “Senator Johnson Does An About Face” and Newsday June 26, 2009 article “MTA Bailout Deal Reached.”).
Local governments and school districts across New York have lost a significant amount of revenue as a result of the recession, according to the 2010 Annual Report on Local Governments just released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. While there are some indications that New York’s economy is beginning to stabilize, the road to fiscal health will not be an easy one, DiNapoli said.
Growing up on Long Island, residents often feel a sense of pride in what their region is known for. Long Island is known for many things including its attractive scenery, gorgeous beaches, and historic locations. From notable museums to popular vineyards to beautiful forests and meadows, Long Island has always been the place to see.
The summer months are filled with a lot of activity as we plan for the new school year. I wanted to bring to your attention a few of the major changes you can anticipate for the start of 2010-11.
Devastation reigned in the wake of the recent tornado-like event that recently struck the Great Neck peninsula. The June 24 storm, or “micro-burst” as the National Weather Service declared it, lasted only a matter of minutes but the havoc it caused will be with us for a long time to come.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos recently released the audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2009 fiscal year, saying the county used “troubling” budget maneuvers to stay in the black.
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