Like so many of you at this time of year, I recently had the pleasure of watching one of my own children graduate from middle school. The auditorium was awash with the pure, unadulterated excitement of students, parents and even their teachers. As I sat quietly wondering where the years had gone, I got to thinking about this phenomenon. Exactly what were the ingredients of this energy? Was it pride in accomplishment? Was it a sense of relief? Or was it simply the prospect of summer vacation?
He’s a failure, he’s terrible; he’s a socialist; a communist; he wants to destroy the Constitution; the country; he associates with reactionaries; he sat in a church for 20 years and was influenced by the incendiary words of his pastor; he wants to take from the rich and give it to the undeserving; he’s against drilling for more oil; he’s too much of a professor; he doesn’t emote enough; he doesn’t care; he plays golf too much; he’s a one-term president.
Conserving water throughout the year is important. Conserving water during the long, high-temperature summer days is critical. Saving water lessens the strains on the water-pumping system, saves electricity, ensures a plentiful water supply for all our needs now and for future generations and, most importantly, saves you money! The Long Island Water Conference urges you to conserve water this summer, any way you can.
On Tuesday, June 14 many Americans demonstrate their patriotism by displaying the “Stars and Stripes” for Flag Day.
Americans are proud of our flag, the symbol of this great nation, our constitution and the liberty we enjoy. Many men and women have made enormous sacrifices so that we might live in peace and freedom.
My first Senate session in Albany will be ending on June 20 and looking back on it, I believe our state has made significant progress toward fiscal health. The most visible highlight of the past six months has been our passage of an on-time state budget that cut spending by $10 billion. Our goal was simple: to get spending in line with revenue. In years past, the state would routinely spend more than it brought in and then turn to taxpayers to make up the difference. This practice has proved disastrous for our economy and worse for our citizens. But I am proud to say that we have put an end to it.
President Obama’s May 19 speech on the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit, calling for the borders that prevailed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War to be the basis of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, marked a major setback for Israel’s security and a new low in U.S.-Israel relations. The 1967 lines, by which Israel would span only nine miles at some points, hardly meet any plausible definition of “defensible borders,” to use a phrase employed by past presidents and by candidate Obama himself in 2008. The recent speech followed several regrettable missteps regarding Israel over the last two years.
For too long, Nassau Coliseum and the property that surrounds it has laid to waste rather than generate revenue for the county that can help hold the line on property taxes. The Coliseum is no longer competitive with other sports complexes around the nation. Long Island’s only professional sports team, the Islanders, face the potential of having to leave Nassau in 2015 when their lease expires should a new arena not be built. A countless number of residents have contacted me with concerns over losing the Islanders. These residents do not want to see the Coliseum doors shuttered, people losing their jobs or the loss of economic benefits currently received from our hotels, restaurants and stores.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos issued the first quarter report on the county’s finances on May 18. The purpose of the report, he said, is to identify budgetary trends and risks based on the actual first three months financial results and the limited effects of the administration’s new actions to maintain the budget in balance.
As a result of this early analysis, the comptroller stated, without accounting for further actions that will not take effect until later this year, the county is projected to show a year-end budgetary shortfall of $52.7 million. The administration has indicated that its early actions will correct the shortfall and finish 2011 in budgetary balance.
In just a few months in Albany, we have made considerable progress in getting New York State back on track. When the Assembly, Senate and Governor have worked together toward a common goal, we have seen that we are capable of making significant improvements in our State.
This was the case in March when the Senate worked with the Governor on a state budget. Not only was this highly complex and contentious process completed on time, but more significantly, it represented a change from past practices that have repeatedly failed the residents of New York. We were able to successfully balance the State budget and close a $10 billion deficit while not raising any taxes or fees.
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