Browsing: legislature

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State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced the New York City Hurricane Sandy Assessment Relief Act, legislation intended to provide tax relief to New York City homeowners and businesses severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The legislation would allow property owners who suffered damages from Sandy to apply for property tax assessment reductions on a sliding scale.…

Opinion
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BETWEEN THE LINES: A show of hands, how many of you think our state legislators deserve a pay raise? Not too many hands. Now, if they were to get a raise, how many think that a 26 percent hike, the amount that has been reported, is too much, even though they haven’t had an increase since…

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Some rules are made to be broken, particularly when they lack common sense. Such is the argument with rules that don’t allow students to use sunscreen when participating in outdoor school activities. All things considered, this one’s a no-brainer. In the just ended Albany session, lawmakers enacted legislation to protect children from bullies.…

Opinion
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With seemingly little fanfare, a seven-sentence story by Agence France Presse, with the headline “Death toll among pedestrians wearing headphones triples,” popped up on Yahoo News a while back. It is all but forgotten about now, having first appeared mid-January, but the subject merits revisiting. The Yahoo link is borked, but you can read it…

Opinion
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It seems that State Senator Carl Kruger, who faces a long, hard legal slog as he battles corruption charges, has found his conscience – and is beginning to vote it. The local pol most recently made political observers balk last week, when he called for the creation of an independent redistricting commission in a new newsletter to…

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Redistricting of political boundaries occurs every 10 years – following the results of the U.S. Census – but it’s usually off the radar of most members of the community. This year, redistricting got a bit of a higher profile when Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned, leading to the now oft-spoken narrative that the winner of his…