It’s 2011 – by now you have had to figure out that when living on Long Island you have to be loud. Sometimes the loudness will come from yelling over the honking horns and traffic on the Long Island Expressway. Sometimes the loudness will come from singing along with the national anthem at a Long Island Ducks or New York Islanders game. Sometimes the loudness will come from shouting your order of fruit and vegetables at a local farmers market that’s bustling with hundreds of Long Islanders.
Bulletin: “Snow is coming up the East Coast!”
It’s another Nor’easter!
12 inches of snow!
Will the NYC airports be closed?
I am writing in response to County Legislator Diane Yatauro’s column entitled “Mangano Continues to Mislead Taxpayers” (The Roslyn News, Jan. 27). This was certainly a well-written and informative article that I appreciated, albeit a bit too political for my taste.
Ed Mangano has been in office over one year now.
Under his leadership, the County’s bond rating has been downgraded for the first time in over a decade. Overtime is through the roof. He has handed out millions in political patronage jobs and legal fees. He has failed to develop a comprehensive plan to address the effects of the nation’s worst economic crisis on Nassau County’s budget, and each week we are learning of a new breakdown in one of the County’s many departments.
(Editor’s Note: Since Stanley Greenberg is on vacation this week, in this issue we present an encore of a column that originally ran on Jan. 28, 2005.)
The winter of 1948 prepared me for the future. The snowfall that winter was 24 inches and the East Bronx that I lived in came to a definite standstill. Life to me, a 14-year-old, was a series of basketball and stickball games with a little bit of junior high school thrown in. The snow was interfering with my athletic career.
The scope of the tragedy still boggles the mind: Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot point-blank as part of a rampage that left six people dead and more than a dozen wounded.
The motives of the 22-year-old shooter, almost certainly mentally ill, will likely never be entirely understood.
One thing is clear, though: The assassination attempt took place against a backdrop of toxic political discourse and hate speech that is lifting too many people to the brink.
About 10 years ago, my son Gregg told me about a book by Mordecai Richler, the Montreal-Canadian author, that I should read. It was about a Montreal, Jewish curmudgeon (like me) who was a fictionalized antihero in the novel. I read the book and it was all I expected. Great!
The hero, Barney Panofsky, is setting the world straight on his own version of his life. Barney was married three times, and his humorous depictions of each wife were more than hilarious. Barney is a regular guy and a fanatical hockey fan (very Canadian) who roots for the Montreal Canadiens. He is a cigar-smoking whiskey drinker and he abhors phony people. Barney is not an easy guy to get along with, but his criticisms of acquaintances are right on target.
As Lorraine and I stood shivering at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning on the Hicksville LIRR platform, we readied ourselves for our daunting task.
We were on our way to the 10th Annual New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend. The Times building at 242 West 41st Street was our final destination. We traveled to see Will Shortz, the world’s famed “puzzle master.”
He has been the crossword editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is also director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The documentary Wordplay was an in-depth look at Mr. Shortz and his loyal fan base.
(Editor’s Note: This letter from County Executive Edward Mangano is in response to the Dec. 23 letter “Setting the Record Straight” from Dr. Ranier W. Melucci, President of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents and Superintendent of Schools in the Merrick School District.)
Merrick Superintendent Dr. Ranier W. Melucci recently wrote about my invitation for all Nassau County school districts to join the Long Island Purchasing Council (LIPC). Unfortunately for taxpayers, school districts chose to spend our money obtaining an incorrect and bias legal opinion that tells residents his school district is not permitted to save taxpayer dollars. The Superintendent and his attorney’s couldn’t be more wrong!
Taxes throughout Long Island are too high and spending is out of control. Although I removed $485 million in County tax burden over the next four years by eliminating the home energy tax and 16.5 percent in planned property tax hikes, residents will still face high taxes since the County bill is only 17 percent of their total tax burden. Because schools make up 60 percent or more of a homeowners tax burden, schools must begin to rein in spending and work with local governments to save tax dollars. For 2011, I right-sized County government by cutting $148 million in spending, consolidating departments, streamlining functions, achieving energy efficiencies, forming a purchasing consortium, and by reducing the workforce to the lowest level since 1950.
On a recent holiday trip to New York City with my beautiful wife Lorraine, we were confronted by a few problems, which we overcame by sheer fortitude.
Let me explain.
We took the Long Island Rail Road because we saw on TV that the streets had not completely recovered from the most recent devastating snow and windstorm. We were going to visit my son Gregg, who lives on 83rd Street near Park Avenue.
As we emerged from the bowels of Penn Station onto 7th Avenue, we were shocked and disillusioned. The taxi lines were almost two blocks long on both 7th Ave. and 8th Avenues. What to do? What to do?
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