Idiotic. "...vows if elected, to replace it with a new set of standards that de-emphasizes standardized testing and gives more input to local school boards and parents"....um, yeah -- that sounds like a good plan. A 'new' set of standards -- that maybe could be developed by professional educators, and maybe sponsored by a bipartisan organization of the Nation's Governors. All the parents and my fellow school board members would surely endorse that. If only there was a way to develop such a 'new' set of standards....oh, never mind Asstorino, they did that already. View Comment
This not-so-supreme court is the most embarrassing collection of illogical old goats imaginable. Religion should never be held up as an exemption from compliance with any rule of law -- including paying taxes. The religiosity of the right is celebrated by the same ignorant fools who look down upon the mayhem and savagery of what is going on in the name of religion in the Middle East. View Comment
If the National Congress of American Indians is petitioning the NFL and Snyder to change the name because of the negative imagery used to portray and stereotype Native Americans it seems the league and the courts will have to eventually respect that fact. The stupidity of walking into a bar in Tuckahoe and quoting a sentence or two from a resident and then portraying that as a reflection of the towns residents is laughable.
As far as 'brand' goes -- hundreds of schools across the country have already voluntarily changed their names over the past 30 years or so. It doesn't seem to have driven the St. John's Red Storm or the Stamford Cardinals out of business -- and should hardly be a consideration in the debate.
In the end Daniel 'pale face' Snyder will rebrand the team the Senators or something else, put away the ridiculous Euro-centric stereotypical mascot gear and try to run a football team -- something he has done a horrible job of. View Comment
Party line politics aside -- the point is valid. Do the f&%king job you are getting paid for and not hustling for the job you want to get. I don't pay guys that work for me to go on job interviews.
Physics definition of Power: "The ability to do work"
Political definition of Power: "The ability to avoid work" View Comment
What a pandering sniveling divisive little man. The Common Core Standards were an initiative by NGA -- NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION. But I doubt your are that stupid that you couldn't figure that out for yourself -- so instead you take the position of 'whatever my opponent is for -- I am against'. Good thing you will never be a member of the NGA.
Now go tell your kids what a big fat liar you are who will do anything to get a job your not qualified for.
NYS population is increasing not decreasing. This article refers to Westchester County and some of its most wealthy communities. It likely has nothing to do with taxes, democrats, republicans, Cuomo, immigrants, yadda yadda yadda. It seems logical that young people who do not need nor could afford a 2500 sq ft house for $1M would look to live somewhere where they can rent a decent apartment and be close enough to enjoy all that NYC has to offer.
The 'diversity' referred to here is not the dog-whistle phrase you instinctively respond to (honey, pack up the kids --- we got 'other types of people' moving in). Its housing and demographic diversity that city/village/municipal planning boards are concerned with because there is a need for a broad spectrum to sustain a vibrant community. The unintended consequence of 20+ years of town board policies that lead to the development of ONLY single family homes in high net worth areas is now being realized. Its not 'social engineering' -- its called city planning. View Comment
FACT CHECK: It’s pretty clear that New York has the highest negative population growth in the country,” said Jim Maisano, vice chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL).
No, actually NYS is 34th out of 50 at 2.87% (2010 vs 2013), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_population_growth_rate.
County Legislator Peter Harckham (D – North Salem) is equally off base. Unemployment is down considerably but not 50%. Since 2011 (Cuomo) it was about 8% now down to 6.9%.(maybe 15 drop which significant -- but 50% is just a wild number to throw around).
There isn't an issue that Astorino has to distinguish himself on. Taxes? See 2% property tax cap under Cuomo. Business/Growth? NYS is already way out ahead on that with tax free enterprise zones. Government reform? Fought with HUD over dog-whistle issue and lost costing us $7+M in aid. Population shift? Is anybody clamoring for an influx of low wage jobs like Florida and Texas? Don't think so. View Comment
He doesn't have anything to bring to the table. He got elected off the back of a dogwhistle issue and cost the County millions in aid from HUD. He could run on a promise to lower property taxes -- but he's too late to the party because everyone is running on that as evidenced by the 2% tax cap mandate. Is he going to make jobs and the economy an issue -- claiming NYS is losing people and jobs to other parts of the country? Anyone who can Google can check to see that NYS population is growing and that the unemployment rates are lower than our neighbors (NJ, CT, Mass,RI). Fracking?? Not a winnable issue or a sound idea either. Corruption? Probably not -- too many articles of his raid on the Independent Party and later huddling with Chris Christie. Champion smaller and more local government??? OK, but why is everyone who is in favor of smaller Govt running for Higher offices -- its just not a distinguishing characteristic. Guns/Religion/Abortion etc?? Fat chance -- its still NY State.
Then he's got to listen to Trump snipe from the sidelines while he trails badly in the polls and Trump waits for GOP to kiss his ring and beg him to throw his hat in the ring. View Comment
Sorry Rob, but County Executive isn't a work-from-home or remote work assignment. I don't care what you want to run for -- just step down and do it. If you ran for County Executive and told your constituents that the job is so easy I can do it while running for Gov. then you would not have been elected. View Comment
A tax credit means that when you fill out your NYS tax return you will need to 'claim' the credit on your return. Nothing is automatic about it because you will need to know where to do this and meet the criteria (I believe its income <300K and at least 1 child <17y.o. If you overlook it you will miss out on getting the credit. If you owe taxes to the state it will reduce your amount by $350. If you get a refund it would increase your refund by $350.
I like the idea of reducing the administrative costs. In the LoHud article link I list below the cost of sending out 1.2M checks is 480K or $0.40 each.
Clearly there is a political angle to sending a physical check at election time which the article describes. Either method is somewhat flawed.
A third alternative is to simply credit the 'Account' of the tax payer. NYS has all of our records electronically (which is how they would mail the checks anyway!). But, then there's no victory lap for the tax break -- so good luck with seeing that happen.
Most of the trauma I hear is from the teachers. In many cases the teachers are complaining to their 10 year old students -- which is a sad commentary on the lack of professionalism and mental maturity of some of the teachers. Frankly, the students should not even know that there is a new standard called Common Core. It should be transparent to them.
Furthermore, this is an issue that is almost exclusively domestic in nature. US Governors spearheaded the effort to develop common standards (not a common curriculum as many people mistakenly call it) while US university research confirmed that students are not entering their freshman college year adequately propared and many students need to take remedial classes and as a result graduate in 5 years rather than 4.
The academic debate of whether or not this is the right thing to do was settled a long time ago. While you may not agree with the way its being implemented it is highly supported by the educational community.
If you are really upset that your child was a 90% student last year and is now an 80% student you are foolishly concerning yourself with the wrong end of the debate. View Comment
Which constituents would that be? The ones who like to pay $17m in fines and reneg on an agreement in which they took $50m in grants.
Pandering to the ill-informed is a tried and true tactic to exploit the "low information" voter but the only thing that is going to happen here is Westchester will comply.
To vilify HUD and the federal government is the last bastion of a political train wreck. View Comment