“Trust me” is the message Mitt Romney is sending in not disclosing more than two years of his tax returns. It is reportedly public knowledge that he has Swiss bank accounts and tax shelters in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying his share of taxes. It is believed prior tax records will show he either paid no taxes in some years or was caught in the act of evading taxes. Mr. Romney might have received federal tax amnesty from the IRS, granted to American tax cheaters who admitted their deceit. The question on everyone’s mind is “what is he hiding?” Paul Ryan, the vice presidential nominee, had to submit at least 10 years of his tax returns during his party’s vetting process.
You’ve read about him in two Anton Newspaper publications and have seen him on TV. At the forefront of many charitable enterprises, J.P. Iacona has become quite the philanthropist in his early years and shows no signs of slowing down.
Last year, Iacona donated $4,800 to America’s VetDogs at his birthday party at the American Legion Hall of Post 1033. He set and shattered a goal in January to raise $2,000 by his twelfth birthday on May 13, 2011.
I want to thank you [Angela Anton] and Anton Community Newspapers for selecting me as a finalist in the Military Heroes Essay Contest. The flight aboard the B-17 was a wonderful and enlightening experience. Those who served aboard that aircraft during World War II were truly remarkable and heroic young men.
I wasn’t alive when John F. Kennedy was shot, but anyone who was can describe what they were doing, when and how they were doing it at the time the president’s death was announced on November 22, 1963.
Sadly, I can say the same, just more than a decade ago.
Watching Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, his running mate on CNN recently, when Ryan made his speech in his native Wisconsin, my eyes started doing tricks with the spelling of their names; the letters began to jiggle and jump into what appeared a message. I do not use an Ouija board, nor am I susceptible to the occult that messes around with your brain, but omitting the “R” in Romney the transposed letters spelled “money.” Ryan’s name arranged itself into the word “yarn.” Together, they spelled “money yarn.”
I’m not sure what grade it was, but I remember every Friday, hot pretzels were sold on the top floor of Covert Avenue School near the sixth-grade classrooms. If you work with or know me, you have clear-cut knowledge of my pretzel-nuttiness. It’s safe to say every Friday until I graduated, I had a dollar in my pocket bound for the woman who stood outside the classroom with the piping hot baked delight.
Congratulations taxpayers. I have good news. The New York State Supreme Court ruled the MTA Payroll Tax that drained $1.4 billion from New York’s downstate economy is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, New York City-based interests are already working to overturn the ruling so I want to share some facts before waters are muddied.
It was 2009 when the former administration decided to again bail out the MTA by imposing a tax on the salary of every employee downstate, whether they used mass transit or not. No one was spared; not towns, villages, schools, libraries, or even nonprofits. As so many times before, we were asked to tighten our belts and do without so the MTA could continue to eat from both sides of its mouth. That’s why as Mayor of Mineola at the time, we joined with Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and three other villages as the original plaintiffs in suing to stop what we knew to be unfair and unconstitutional.
On weekends during basketball season, you couldn’t find a parking spot near the gym on DePaul Street or neighboring streets of Virginia Drive, Robert Avenue and John Avenue. The days spent at the gym were always a welcomed change of pace, especially on game day.
I was actually just putting the finishing touches on this week’s column when a friend e-mailed me a newspaper editorial regarding public pensions. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to lay my column aside and seize the opportunity to share what I’ve long considered a game-changing idea.
You may recall that working with Governor Andrew Cuomo this past year, we did quite a bit to reform New York’s public pension system for future employees. We had to. The funds’ investments plummeted during the recession, forcing local governments to pony up much more money to make up for the shortfall. In fact, since 2001, pension contributions by state, local governments and schools shot up from $368 million to $6.6 billion. It’s the number one concern of local officials who must meet these enormous obligations while also complying with our new tax cap. It’s the way the system is set up – requiring ever increasing contributions precisely when the economy is at its worst and municipalities are least able to pay. Anyone who tells you that taxpayers can sustain these rates is simply lying.
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and crinkle fries. Is there anything better? Nope…especially at Chicken Holiday in Franklin Square. When I lived in Elmont, taking a short ride to Franklin Avenue was well worth the fried delight that is still made at the small storefront across from Pathmark.
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