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The government giveth… crippling partisan bickering taketh away.
As across-the-board government cuts known as the “sequester” kick in this week, many New Yorkers are facing the reality that the aid sent to them in the form of the $60 billion Sandy package will be reduced by $3 billion, according to a report by Fox 5.
While it’s hard to tell exactly which parts of the Sandy aid package will get the ax, the changes will be felt in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the immediate impact of the sequester will be felt in the form of flight delays as thousands of TSA screeners and air traffic controllers will be furloughed – a temporary, unpaid leave – leading to slower and reduced service.
Councilman Domenic Recchia, chair of the powerful Finance Committee charged with developing the city’s budget, also weighed in on the negative effects the sequester will wreck on jobs and the unemployment rate in New York City in a press release:
Nationally, it’s been estimated that the sequestration could cost as many as 750,000 jobs and anywhere ranging from a .25 point increase to a 1.5 point increase in the national unemployment rate. Here, in New York City, a spike in unemployment is of significant concern because our rate of unemployment, at 8.8%, is already higher than the national average, 7.9%. For the past five years, we’ve fought hard to overcome a sluggish economy, and now this threat to economic growth is a devastating step in the wrong direction.
The longer the across the board cuts continue, what will be cut and how it will affect the recovery will become more clear.
If you are unemployed, between the ages of 18 and 24, and looking for a good paying job, than this may be the opportunity for you. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is hiring 200 people to help with the “clean-up, restoration, and reconstruction of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge,” according to a post on Workforce1. The job is full-time and will pay employees $11 per hour.
It is preferred that the candidates live near the Jamaica Bay area but all applicants from NYC will be considered.
No formal education is required. These are the tasks the website stated would be preformed by workers:
- Working with NYCParks’ Natural Resources Group (NRG) and Natural Area Volunteers (NAV) to restore natural areas, woodlands, wetlands, and parkland in and around the Jamaica Bay Area
- Removal of tree debris, tree care, and potential new tree planting
- Trail creation and restoration
- Removal of wood, metals, docks, concrete, housing, boats, and other inorganic floatables from the sand areas inJamaicaBaypark
- Community outreach and educational efforts including needs surveys, customer satisfaction assessments, and interventions for residents of surrounding areas
All applications must be submitted today!
To apply fill out the form here.
Thanks to Councilman Lew Fidler’s office for tipping us off to this.
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BETWEEN THE LINES: The presidential campaign stretched out for 18 months, yet it seemed longer — a lot longer.
I’ve had my fill of annoying attack ads. At least we won’t have to see those fact-skewing, derogatory commercials — until local campaigns emerge less than a year from now.
I’m also fed up with constant robocalls. Why is it that political calls are exempt from “Do Not Call” lists? And don’t give me that free speech explanation. That’s just a flimsy excuse when self-serving representatives fashion expedient legislation to exempt themselves, yet block solicitations from private businesses.
One thing this election demonstrated was that the nation’s melting pot population is more diverse than ever — and must be given attention. While the Democratic Party got an overwhelming majority of the minority vote, it’s going to have to work hard to maintain that base and not just count on it as their base for years to come. On the other hand, though the Republican Party is far from being washed up, as long as the GOP adheres to its horse-and-buggy manifesto, it’s likely to remain losers for years to come.
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BETWEEN THE LINES: For habitual readers of this column, it should come as no revelation as to who my preference is in Tuesday’s presidential election.
Over the last three or four months, there’s nothing former Governor Mitt Romney or Rep. Paul Ryan did to convince me to change my mind. (I’d still rather be blue than red.) As a matter of fact, most of what they or their obstructionist Republican colleagues uttered only solidified my incentive for President Barack Obama to serve another four years.
Barack Obama is the only choice, if we hope to move forward and not revert to stale Republican policies that generated the chaos — overseas and nationwide — that we’re in today.
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BETWEEN THE LINES: When Mitt Romney became the Republican’s designated presidential nominee following his victories in the spring primaries, the party’s conservative wing seemed as lukewarm about the former governor as they were four years ago for maverick Senator John McCain. In a calculated move to counterbalance his moderate credentials, and emulating what McCain did four years ago, Romney chose Congressman Paul Ryan, a Tea Party favorite, as his vice presidential running mate.
But even that didn’t seem to matter much because, after weeks of campaigning, until the first presidential debate, Romney trailed or was tied in nearly every poll. As a matter of fact, in the days leading up to the Denver debate, a lack of enthusiasm clouded the GOP.
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Small businesses owners, despair!
Last week, we posted about Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s plans to sue Mayor Michael Bloomberg in order to force him to release information regarding fines distributed to small businesses. De Blasio claims that the city is doling out fines irresponsibly to fill city coffers, and the results are hurting neighborhood commerce.
Now, another local politician, Congressman Bob Turner, is calling out President Barack Obama, saying federal taxes and regulations are fueling local unemployment rates.
Turner held a “Stop the Tax Hike” event on Friday, teaming up with the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District and small business owners to speak about the economy and how tax increases affect their businesses and unemployment.
After speaking with several small business owners in the area, Turner claimed that, for the first time in almost three years, business owners say that taxes – as opposed to poor sales – is the most serious issue they are struggling with today.
But while de Blasio blames the city, and Turner blames the fed, Bensonhurst-Bay Ridge Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is blaming the state. In April, Malliotakis held an event with Bay Ridge business owners, telling them that, though there were some pro-business accomplishments in Albany this year, the state is still hurting local businesses with excessive regulations and paperwork, taxes hidden in utility bills, and fees devised to pay off the state’s debt.
So which is hurting small business owner the most? Federal government, state government, or city government? Or are small business woes simply the result of the sluggish economy?
If you’re one of those quirky, quasi-artistic types who opted to doodle in class rather than pay attention to what the teacher was saying, or perhaps you dropped out of school before getting your degree, because your head was always in the clouds, but you’ve matured (and focused) a little since then and desperately wish you could go back and do it over again the right way, well…
…There’s hope for you yet.
Fortunately for us underachievers, and I am the worst of them, Kingsborough Community College (KCC) has been awarded a $1.8 million, four-year grant by the CEO and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to implement the “Young Adult Program” for young adults.
Read more about the program and how to apply.
(Photo of Hammock under Palm Trees, Tropical/Pacific courtesy of Picasa user Mudassir)
A post requesting our readers to be patient if the stories aren’t coming up as quickly as we would like:
Thank you to everyone who took our Sheepshead Bites business card when I met you near the Super Stop & Shop. Thank you for stopping by our site. I hope your Thanksgiving was memorable, though for different reasons than mine was.
You see, I had a little accident with a certain hot handle (straight out of the broiler) and a certain M.I.A. potholder (oh, how I wish I had briefed up on Thanksgiving day safety tips) that prevented me not just from writing for Sheepshead Bites, but also for typing cover letters, resumes, and e-mails, for my endless job search.
Read more about my dream job after the jump.
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