Mangano, Suozzi Take Last Shots in Final Days of Nassau Exec Race

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For Democratic Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, left, is running for his old job against the Republican who unseated him four years ago, Ed Mangano, right.If Nassau County taxpayers can believe them, both Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, the Republican incumbent, and his Democratic challenger, Tom Suozzi, have pledged not to raise property taxes next year.The promise came at their recent debate held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury sponsored by the Long Island Association, the business lobbying group.“I have zero plans to raise property taxes,” Mangano said. When it was his turn, Suozzi said he has “no plans” to raise them, either.But the county—one of the wealthiest in the nation—is still in trouble financially, no matter who wins on Nov. 5. Indeed, the Republican-dominated county legislature just approved Mangano’s $2.79 billion budget that includes using $10 million in operating funds to pay property tax refunds and another $230 million in borrowing to pay more tax refunds. The budget also includes $50 million to pay for police overtime.The politicians traded barbs over the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, which has oversight over the county’s budget. “The county has been taken over by the state!” said Suozzi.In his defense, Mangano referred to Newsday columnist Joye Brown who critized Suozzi for “ramping up borrowing levels” against the advice of NIFA when he was county executive but, as Mangano put it, the authority let Suozzi “off the hook.”NIFA itself is now chaired by Jon Kaiman, the former North Hempstead town supervisor, who was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to replace Ron Stack, a highly regarded financial expert. A Sept. 23 New York Post column by Frederick Decker put a different spin on this move, citing unnamed Democrats who “claim that Cuomo, who has had tense relations with Suozzi for years, fired Ronald Stack, the independent and well-regarded head of the Nassau County financial-control board…to halt the board’s frequent criticisms of Mangano’s fiscal policies.”According to a recent NIFA analysis of Mangano’s 2014 budget, the county faces a deficit of $122 million, and the imbalance would mean that NIFA’s oversight must continue.  The county reportedly still owes about $300 million in tax refunds to property owners who successfully grieved their assessments. Adding to the pressure on whoever is the county executive come January is the contract agreement between the county and the Police Benevolent Association, Nassau’s largest police union. NIFA had frozen county wages, but a thaw could be on the table, if all parties can sign off on the deal.With less than a week left, Mangano seems to be headed for re-election.The Oct. 13 Newsday/News12/Sienna College poll that was conducted between Sept. 29 and Oct. 7 had Mangano ahead of Suozzi by 52 percent to 35 percent. Another survey is expected to be released Nov. 2.  Four years ago, a poll conducted a month before the 2009 election had Suozzi leading Mangano, then a county legislator, 54 percent to 31 percent. Mangano ended up eking out a victory by 386 votes.This election has a different dynamic, according to Sienna Research Institute Director Don Levy, because Suozzi’s negatives among his party’s base put him at a disadvantage compared to Mangano’s appeal to his base. Suozzi “doesn’t do as well among Democrats as Mangoes does with Republicans,” Levy told the Press. Tellingly, one in three Suozzi supporters in the survey reported that they think Mangano is better on taxes than Suozzi. “That’s a tough number to overcome,” Levy said.The Democrats gathered at Leonard’s of Great Neck who heard former President Bill Clinton endorse Suozzi on Oct. 23 scoffed at the recent Sienna poll, citing how far off it was the last election. Some labor officials told the Press that they think Suozzi is only three or four points back and closing fast, whereas former Suffolk County Executive Pat Halpin went on the record with this reporter to say, “I think Tom’s ahead and he’s going to win.”Of course, that’s not how the Mangano campaign predicts the outcome. They’ve exuded confidence, and it showed in Mangano’s demeanor at the recent LIA debate, when he belittled Suozzi’s recent endorsements in Newsday and The New York Times.Nor did Mangano’s campaign seem rattled by Clinton’s endorsement, countering it with a couple of appearances at events in Bethpage and Syosset by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. After Cuomo called Suozzi “Nassau’s next county executive” at a rally for Democrats held in Albertson on Oct. 26, Mangano unveiled a TV commercial with a snippet of Cuomo from 2011 in Lynbrook praising Mangano because he “believes in putting politics aside for the good of this county.”At the Crest Hollow Country Club, packed with partisans from both sides, Mangano said, “I respect Governor Cuomo…I work with every elected official.”The two politicians were supposed to do a televised debate on News12 Long Island but Mangano refused, citing the station’s refusal to disclose that their parent company, Cablevision, hired Suozzi and along with its owners, the Dolans, contributed nearly $300,000 to his campaign. Collectively, through all Suozzi’s political endeavors over the years, the amount is closer to half a million dollars. In the recent county race, Cablevision contributed more than $11,000 to Mangano.On Sunday WLNY 55 plans to air the last debate between Mangano and Suozzi, which was recorded on Halloween, from 8 to 9 a.m. CBS-TV Channel 2 and CBS 880 Radio will rebroadcast it from 1 to 2 p.m.Then it’s up to the voters who show up at the polls.last_img read more

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Education provisions in Job Creation Law raise concerns

first_imgThe newly passed Job Creation Law still contains several controversial education provisions that were previously said to have been dropped from the bill following public criticism.The government and the House of Representatives had agreed to remove issues related to the education sector from the bill. However, the final draft of the law, a copy of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, includes at least two articles regarding education.Article 26 in page 100 of the draft, under Chapter III on improvement of the investment ecosystem, mentions education and culture among 15 sectors in the business-licensing category. Syaiful said he was worried that the articles could lead to commercialization of the education sector.“I see an effort to commercialize the education sector. We didn’t agree with it from the beginning because this is not in line with the Constitution,” the Islamic-based National Awakening Party (PKB) politician said.A number of House legislators, especially those with close ties to Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), including the PKB, previously opposed the education provisions in the bill, expressing concerns about the requirement for people securing business licenses from the central government to establish educational institutions.House Legislation Body (Baleg) deputy chairman Ahmad Baidowi said on Wednesday that the reason for including Article 65 in the final draft was to accommodate the government’s plan to establish educational institutions in special economic zones (KEK).He highlighted the word “can” in the provision, which means there is no obligation to obtain a business license.“We put the word ’can’ there so they are allowed to obtain a license but are not obliged to do so,” the United Development Party (PPP) politician said.Topics : Furthermore, Article 56 in page 392 stipulates that the implementation of licensing in the education sector “can be carried out through business licensing”, the details of which will be regulated in a separate government regulation (PP).Chairman of House Commission X overseeing education, Syaiful Huda, expressed disappointment over the provisions in the final draft, saying the bill’s working committee had stated that all education provisions would be dropped.”I am disappointed […] I urge educational stakeholders who oppose the article to challenge the law in the Constitutional Court,” he told the press on Tuesday.Read also: Not the right way to do the joblast_img read more

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Sex offenders ‘can’t be rehabilitated, only trained’ – MPs told to make register public

first_imgStuff co.nz 11 November 2015Child sex offenders can’t be rehabilitated, “but they can be trained”, MPs have been told, hearing warring submissions over whether a register of such criminals should be made public.Proposed new legislation for a register would reduce the risk posed by serious child sex offenders, in providing government agencies with the information needed to monitor them in the community, the Government says.The register would include a wide range of identifying information about offenders, and the information of any children who lived at the same address as them.The new laws would also require offenders to report their travel plans and provide details of their online accounts to authorised agencies, but the register would not be made public.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Sensible Sentencening Trust spokesman Alan Monk told MPs in the Social Services Select Committee that would be a mistake.“The general public has always been the eyes and ears of the police. To be even remotely effective in regard to sexual predators, the public need to know who could pose a risk to their children.”Asked by Green MP David Clendon whether he believed offenders could be rehabilitated, he said offenders “can’t be rehabilitated but they can be trained”.“They can be trained to manage the risk and avoid situations and avoid the risk when they might be tempted.”Trust founder Garth McVicar said New Zealand’s high crime rate was partly attributable to levels of sexual offending toward children.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/73939172/sex-offenders-cant-be-rehabilitated-only-trained–mps-told-to-make-register-publiclast_img read more

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Hamilton racing the record book for motivation after title celebrations

first_img 9 months ago Formula One: Verstappen thinks Hamilton’s success getting ‘boring’ 9 months ago Cars: Brand origin stories of Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Lamborghini Press Trust Of India LIVE TV Written By 9 months ago Formula One follow Hamilton’s eco-friendly policy Last Updated: 14th November, 2019 10:42 IST Hamilton Racing The Record Book For Motivation After Title Celebrations Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will dig deep for true motivation at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix when they return to action for the first time WATCH US LIVE First Published: 14th November, 2019 10:42 IST WE RECOMMEND “We never quarrelled — we have talked to teach other and I respect him.” With Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas having finished first and second in the drivers’ championship, Sunday’s race will be more about the ‘best of the rest’ as Verstappen, Leclerc and his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel bid to finish third.center_img For drivers and teams, prize money running into millions of dollars is at stake as Leclerc, third defends a 14-point advantage on Verstappen, who is five clear of Vettel. Leclerc is expected to take a 10-place grid penalty for taking a new engine, but even that news has not encouraged Verstappen. “I still think it’s going to be hard,” he said. For Hamilton, it will be a battle with the record book as he continues his quest to overhaul Michael Schumacher who won seven world titles and 91 Grands Prix. The Briton now has six titles and 83 career victories. READ | Formula One Follow Hamilton’s Eco-friendly PolicyREAD | Nishad Wins Bronze; Secures Quota For Tokyo Paralympic Games 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton: F1 champ’s salary revealed by his former teammate Amid a swirl of speculation about his and the team’s futures, he has decided to miss a race for the first time in six years with many observers suggesting his focus is less intense and others saying that Mercedes may be preparing to leave F1 for other challenges, including Formula E. Wolff rejected the idea that any decision to leave was taken when he said “everything indicates that we will stay, but it’s not given” and raised concerns about the future for motorsport. “In which direction is the automotive world developing?” he asked ESPN. “In what form is F1 relevant as an entertainment and technology platform? And, as a brand, whose first car was a racing car, do we want to stay on this platform in the long term?” Predictably, with the major issues settled, much focus in Brazil will be on the future of the sport in 2020 and beyond — which makes it inevitable that the top drivers and their teams will be watched and analysed closely. FOLLOW US 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ F1 title victory hit by tragedy SUBSCRIBE TO US Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will dig deep for true motivation at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix when they return to action for the first time since celebrating a unique sixth drivers’ and constructors’ double this year. A week after shaking off their hangovers following Hamilton’s sixth title success, the team has to stay focused for two more rounds of the 2019 championship, starting in Sao Paulo and finishing in Abu Dhabi on December 1. Unexpectedly and, perhaps, significantly, the Silver Arrows will race at the atmospheric and famous Interlagos circuit, where Hamilton won his first title with McLaren in 2008, without team boss Toto Wolff in charge. READ | Toro Rosso To Stick With Daniil Kvyat & Pierre Gasly For F1 2020READ | Alex Albon Retains Seat For F1 2020 Alongside Max VerstappenMen of the futureHamilton, 35 in January, has been linked consistently with a career-ending move to Ferrari if he loses enthusiasm at Mercedes and needs a final new challenge, but he is likely to banish the rumours with a committed showing. The men of the future — Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc — will both also be scrutinized for signs that they are ready to be future champions in F1’s new age, from 2021, when the sport ushers in a new formula. Dutchman Verstappen, linked with both Mercedes and Ferrari, said this week: “I am happy where I am and I want to win with Red Bull. It’s the team that allowed me to enter F1 and there is a sense of loyalty to them. I feel at home here.” He added that he and Hamilton may have appeared to be involved in verbal jousting recently, but that it was nothing serious. COMMENTlast_img read more

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Life begins after 40 (years service) for well-known council official Eunan!

first_imgAfter 40 years service well known Letterkenny man Eunan Kelly retired from Donegal County Council on Friday last.Eunan was the Area Manager for Housing and Corporate Services in the Letterkenny Municipal District since 2011 and worked in a number of Council Services throughout his career including Sanitary Services, Human Resources and Environment.Staff, management and elected members gathered at a special event in Letterkenny Public Service Centre on Friday afternoon to honour the contribution that Eunan made during his career with the Council and to wish him, his wife Jenny and his family every health and happiness in his retirement. Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle and Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh spoke at the event as did the Chief Executive Seamus Neely, Director of Service Liam Ward, Divisional Manager Patsy Lafferty and Mary Maguire from St. Colmcille’s Hostel in Letterkenny.Eunan’s caring nature, his integrity and his relentless quest to always do the right thing for the people he was supporting was highlighted by the speakers as was his outstanding contribution to the organisation during a period of unprecedented change in the last two decades.Eunan Kelly with his colleaguesIn his own address, Eunan recalled his early years in the Council when he first joined the workforce in June 1978 and how the world has changed in the intervening years.He paid tribute to his colleagues both past and present and to the work done by the Council and in particular by his own team in Housing and Corporate Services in the Letterkenny MD. He acknowledged the positive working relationship with outside bodies including An Garda Síochána, the HSE and St. Colmcille’s Hostel and also his longstanding involvement with Ballyshannon Leisure Centre and the Earagail Arts Festival.Eunan thanked everyone who attended Friday’s event and all those who had sent their good wishes over the last few weeks. He is looking forward to the next chapter of his life and will no doubt be sorely missed by all his colleagues in the Council.Pictured at his retirement party in Letterkenny Public Service Centre on Friday 1 June is Eunan Kelly with (seated) Agnes Devenney, Jenny Kelly, Ann Marie Collum, Claire Boyle, (back row) Patsy Lafferty, Eugene Bonner and Eugene Devenney.    Life begins after 40 (years service) for well-known council official Eunan! was last modified: June 10th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilEunan Kellyretirementlast_img read more

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