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Voters Approve Budgets In Eastern Southampton Town

It would be helpful to know if you have a child in the school. To suggest that Tuckahoe is not working would be very difficult to support, especially if you have experience with children in the school. There are numerous dynamics at play and this complex issue, which includes a fractured tax base isn't going to be solved by combining the districts. That change would result in a distinct increase in the Southampton school district's tax rate. In other words, it'll never happen. So best to make a sincere opinion known, roll up your sleeves and be part of what you may perceive is a solution. " May 19, 11 8:23 AM

Tuckahoe School Propositions

viewpoint, a simple phone call to either district would allow you to quickly gather the answers to the questions you ask rhetorically here. these are not arbitrary numbers. i would respectfully submit that it seems a little backwards to possess important questions like yours, admit to not understanding the concepts and then to give others advice on how to vote on these items. the system works, it passed but it was very close. perhaps the taxpayers can come together - the agenda is probably the same throughout the district...educate the children as best we can in the most efficient and cost effective manner. with that type of positive common ground a lot of good things come about. it would probably help to spend some time with the administrators of either district, they are accessible, friendly and extremely capable. " May 19, 11 8:41 AM

Voters Approve Budgets In Eastern Southampton Town

i would have to disagree with you. the faculty at tuckahoe has endured significant lay-offs and has agreed to a 0% raise this year and negligible increases over the next several. they are doing this while agreeing to a shared long term vision which both changes and increases their roles drastically. the autonomous display of negotiating prowess you describe simply doesn't exist here. a track record of sincere caring, dedication, expertise and fiscal cooperation does. a quick review of the remsenburg-speonk district highlights record spending, record tax increases and not a single case of staff reduction. your frustration is understandable-just misplaced and not pertinent to this particular piece. " May 21, 11 10:59 AM

Bishop: Oil Bill Is Common Sense But Has Little Hope

With all of the unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, and in Libya in particular, commodity traders and speculators are driving up the per barrel cost of oil by betting that the situation in those regions will get better later rather than sooner. Some are calling for the President to release the United States Oil reserves to counter speculator induced price hikes to discourage them from their activity. The most recent call for such action comes from a member of President Obama’s own party, newly elected and left leaning New York Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand.

Oil prices have increased 25% over the past year. Senator Gillibrand sees an immediate release of the national reserve as having an immediate effect on stabilizing gasoline prices. “Gasoline prices are at an all-time high this month and are up $0.71 per gallon from a year ago. Our families are already struggling in this difficult economy, and the last thing we need is rising (sic) gas prices. Releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is critical to relieve this extra burden on our families here in New York and across the country.”

Now I have no objection to smacking speculators with counter-tactics intended to strike fear into their cost/benefit analysis and give the average Joe a better shake by instilling a measure of doubt into the rationality of their speculation moves. However, it seems to me that if Senators Gillibrand and Bishop were honestly sincere about relieving some of the burden the average citizen carries, she’d call, first, for as close to a 25% reduction in gas prices by lowering state and federal fuel taxes to get as close to that target as possible.

In New York, for instance, the State collects approximately $0.24 cents per gallon on gasoline and $0.23 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. On top of that, there is a 4% tax on the total sale. Note: “Rates are variable, adjusted annually. Rates include the Petroleum Business Tax of 14.6 cents per gallon. The gasoline rate includes a 0.5 mill (0.05 cents) per gallon Petroleum Testing Fee.”

Additionally, the federal government charges an excise tax on gasoline at a rate of $0.19 cents per gallon and $0.25 per gallons for diesel fuel as of February 2011. For motor gasoline, state and federal taxes combined averaged $0.481 per gallon and $0.531 per gallon for diesel. Add to that another $0.5 cents in credit and debit card fees.

If the political and the oil speculation situations are temporary as politicians seem to believe it is; then, eliminating all taxes of fuel and home heating oil, at least temporarily, would negate the ill effects of speculation and leave our strategic reserves in place for strategic purposes in the national interest. I mean it is not like they are using this tax money to actually repair roads and bridges; just look around. Repairing roads and bridges are why we are asked to go along with stimulus packages that also don’t do what they advertise. The best part about eliminating government taxes on fuel is that it would have the added benefit of forcing more spending cuts by government elsewhere, which would also work to improve our overall global strategic financial position. Addressing speculative prices on oil can be dealt with by other means and should be looked at closely.

These taxes effect the poor more than they do the wealthy; especially, those who are forced to use credit cards due to a lack of available cash. The least Tim Bishop can do for their core constituents is to offset high gas prices from cuts or elimination of state, federal and local taxes. While removing subsidies from big oil is fine and dandy...and should pass, it wouldn't have a darn bit of impact on the price of gas at the pump nor would it help a single voter in ny district 1." May 25, 11 8:16 AM

I would like to know where Tim Bishop and his supporters who are upset about the US Oil Subsidies...as they should be....but I would like to know how they feel about the Billions of dollars that have been pledged to subsidize Brazilian Energy/Oil companies and Venezuelan Energy companies. This administration has just completed the financing. Does it strike anyone as odd that we would (and again, rightly so) call for an end to subsidizing multi billion dollar us big oil while agreeing to become south america's big oil's biggest customer with over $10 billion dollars in subsidies pledged and $2.5 Billion already paid?" May 25, 11 12:39 PM

philathome is correct and it is much appreciated because that information is everywhere and sounded very plausible. thank you. have read the full answer and there are no taxpayer dollars being used but there was a committment made my the US to subsidize..while it doesn't appear to have taken place. in fact, the committment was made by appointees of the previous admin.
" May 26, 11 7:26 AM

i don't know about being fools, but it is not at all true to state that big oil doesn't give bishop any money for his campaign. in fact, oil and gas concerns are the 31st. largest contributor to bishop in his top 60 industries. he will never got a lot of their $ because his voting record is not in line with their goals. as far as ge goes, besides goldman sachs, you would be hard pressed to find a more sinister firm." May 26, 11 11:52 AM

Altschuler Declares "Rematch" With Bishop

This was the closest race in the US and took forever to decide. Tim was very successful in positioning Randy as the interloping outsourcer. It will be curious to see if that works again or if the luster of that strategy has faded. It will also be curious to see if the anti incumbent tide that Randy road still exists. New Yorkers seem extremely happy with the current governor which further increases a comfort level with the status-quo. In practice it doesn't seem to matter what letter is after the name, it seems that the common denominator is the desire to remain in your job - but these two reflect such a vast difference at every turn. let the games begin." May 27, 11 6:54 AM

without knowing the facts, that medicare, plus the medicare supplement, plus the medicare drug card is costing about 5,000/year not including r/x copyaments.

the teacher's retiree coverage is costing $0.00 with nyship. the copay on that elective surgery was most likely no more than $1,500.00. the choice of facilities was vast. your husband is only free to choose amongst those doctors that take medicare - not so sure the medicare facilities are better than those private facilities that take expensive health insurance plan like the retired teacher.

$5,000 for a plan that covered all or $0.00 for a plan that covered all but $1,500.00. please enlighten us if the numbers are far off." May 30, 11 6:10 PM

medicare has to be reformed. and that is unfortunate,. but it is not realistic to think that as demographics, interest rates and inflation rates change, that a program meant to pay medical costs of seniors wouldn't need amending. with life span increasing so rapidly, the costs far outweigh the income of these program. when you add waste, fraud and honest mistakes - projections just simply do not support a self sustaining senior healthcare program such as the one we envision. but it is an outstanding foundation. however, we digress. have at it about the bishop altschuler thing, but.don't let this stuff make you too mad. that's just my opinion." May 31, 11 6:55 AM

Southampton Village Hires Specialized EMT For Bidens' Visit

in my opinion, there cannot be an honest discussion here without the understanding that without the commerce that takes place in the summer season we would be in a world of hurt in these parts." May 31, 11 7:38 AM

Altschuler Declares "Rematch" With Bishop

there is a fairly blatant conflict of interest regarding that study, which is pretty good...have seen that before. have you seen who paid for this study? in a free society, people are free to pay for and put out any information they want. but the trouble is, people use that as though it is something worthy of repeating...its not exactly real. a quick review of who paid for that study reveals bankrolling by george soros and a group of folks that are very one sided. funny and official sounding, but nothing worthy of anything beyond comic relief. In fact, in a recent Princeton Review Study, University of MD students ranked at the top for "Students Who Study The Least" and "Nation's Top Party School". Its pretty easy to parse this article..but it is funny. MSNBC and CNN didn't do so great either by the way...they are all full of baloney if you ask me.

Study Funded By:
Rockefeller Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Tides Foundation
Ford Foundation
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Compton Foundation
Carnegie Corporation
Benton Foundation
Ben and Jerry's Foundation
University of Maryland Foundation
Circle Foundation
JEHT Foundation
Stanley Foundation
Ploughshares Fund
Calvert Foundation
Secure World Foundation
Oak Foundation
United States Institute of Peace" Jun 1, 11 6:49 AM

Bishop Explains Vote Against Debt Ceiling Increase

Anyone else think that "political theater" is an oxymoron!?" Jun 1, 11 4:59 PM

the only thing that matters at this point is getting the economy stronger. the politicians have NO answer for how to do that- it would start with relinquishing power. until the citizenry assert their primacy over the politicians so that they step aside and adopt a role of supporting us non-politicians in our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness then they will continue to fail miserably at their charge. it is a fact that the policies that tim has supported up to now have not helped the economy. the numbers are their and do not lie..there is absolutely no recovery, no matter how the numbers are shuffled and served up. tim is no different, but the only real goal of any politician is to keep the j.o.b. and you do that by avoiding the tough decisions, sticking with your party directives and serve those with the $$ i.e. lobbies and special interests. we can argue about all of it, but we are at the bottom of the political food chain. we are one vote and a few bucks. the system is slanted well against you regardless if you support mr. bishop or not." Jun 2, 11 7:09 AM

what does that mean? how does one of the political parties ship our jobs to china? if anything, both parties have depended all too much on china...but all this talk about shipping jobs to other countries is baffling...never understood what that means. i get a firm that assists in outsourcing. not so sure that is as bad as everyone says it is. but that's tangible. how is anyone particularly responsible for shipping jobs out of the us as we hear so often?" Jun 2, 11 9:14 AM

Bishop Calls For More Spending On Rail Security

addressing the anemic economic data that was released today and the jarring lack of job growth should be the only item on the agenda at the moment. in my opinion, this might be important but the people with whom i associate would like to read press-releases about bi-partisan cooperation towards fixing the actual causes of what has taken place over the last 4 years. if the mta could ever clean up the shadiest operation in the nyc bureaucratic complex they might be able to apply the mta tax solely to beefing up their security team so we don't have to foot the bill for that too. " Jun 3, 11 6:28 PM

That is incredible. I didn't even catch that. You're right..we are talking about $75 million here. If 14 million ride the rails EVERY DAY, then adding $75 million in annual spending would increase spending by $0.02 per person per work day. That is 1 penny to and from work. Do you think the money might be taken from the increased price of a ticket? I would think that these days an expenditure needs to be in the hundreds of billions before it even makes section 2 under the fold. This makes this much more akin to theater as you say. Of all the jobs added to the national payroll in May, half of them were from McDonalds. Where are the priorities?" Jun 4, 11 6:27 AM

Bishop Explains Vote Against Debt Ceiling Increase

thank you common sense. unfortunately you have jumped on so many myths that i wouldn't know where to start. but consumer purchases is nowhere near 70% as is stated in the nyt and elsewhere. that is part of this effort to blame the poor economy on the little guy for not spending enough. that 70% includes every penny spent on Medicare and lots of other government programs which all fall under ''consumption'' and even includes money spent on building highways. real pocketbook spending is closer to 40% as the highest component of gdp is servicing of the national debt. there is no convincing me that there is one party worse than the other and to suggest that there are ultra high net worth assisting one party and is not a fair reflection of what is happening out there... neither is highlighting that only one of the parties is cozy with big business. i would also state that nobody wants to zero out health benefits or decimate the weakest or most vulnerable in society...i was just looking for some interesting dialogue and not verbage from one team's playbook. i can read any number of slanted websites and see caps being applied to inflammatory statements about bush and reagan. the highest paying jobs are not in manufacturing and these pathetic fast food restaurants account for over half the jobs given to citizens in the last month. your response is highly appreciated as it does generate good points to think about and highlights where people that want more peace in the national dialogue need to foster understanding. not good to forget where we came from, but if we take the folks we have around now and put their heads together..there is middle ground that includes taking care of things now so our children will have a decent economy in which to graduate from expensive colleges into. there isn't a ton of value in an empassioned partisan, but i can appreciate how you feel. thank you. and http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16 is a good source for the actual numbers on how clinton showed a surplus when there wasn't really any. he took money from social security to pay down ''intra-governmental'' debt so the numbers looked sweeter." Jun 6, 11 11:52 AM

razza5351, evidently you don't like teabaggers...but that would mean that you have a strong affinity for weiner. fine, to each his own...but if we can do away with that kind of anonymous bullying on this site, it might become even more entertaining that it already is. guaranteed you aren't getting the kind of reaction you want when people read that comment." Jun 6, 11 4:23 PM

Altschuler Declares "Rematch" With Bishop

The Federal Reserve continues to pump reserves into the commercial banking system - with your hard earned cash - and the majority of these reserves are getting into the hands of foreign-related financial institutions and then heading offshore. In fact, the current administration led Federal Reserve has pumped $1 Trillion dollars of our cash into foreign held banks - before QE2, these banks held about 30% of our reserve cash, but now they have over 55%. That money isn't helping a single person here, and is having a very detrimental impact on liquidity and cash flow of small businesses nationally. Perhaps that can be addressed during this current election cycle.
" Jun 7, 11 1:21 PM

Bishop Explains Vote Against Debt Ceiling Increase

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers - six if one went to Harvard!

numbers can be mixed around and coughed up to prove anyone's point. i stand by each and every one of my statements as you do yours. your errors even in this response are immense, including me having no macroecomics training. but my degree is in something with less artistic freedom that macroeconomics.. which is the ''big picture''. by definition, this does not support your assertion that your education has prepared you to discuss all of the MICRO-economic components with any greater credibility. further, the post seethes with partisan anger. how is one to response to someone who posts above

"To anyone involved in Labor Economics, it is common knowledge that the highest paying jobs in America is in the manufacturing sector". then in the above state "I never said that the highest paying jobs on average are in manufacturing"

please don't tell me that your qualification by the use of the word average is your out." Jun 7, 11 6:26 PM

Altschuler Declares "Rematch" With Bishop

I reject Ha-Joon Chang's foundational premise. As an institutional policial economist, he believe that economics cannot be separated from the political and social system within which it is embedded.

I firmly stand on the principle that for an economy to succeed, the government must fulfill its purpose of supporting that economy as a completely separate function. Teaching at Cambridge would only serve to show that this guy is far removed from the real world he spouts on about. As a consultant to the UN, the World Bank and the Progressive Think Tank the CEPR in D.C., this guy is as entrenched in the elitest illuminati, new world order type think that in my opinion, is very dangerous. This guy is an advocate for big government, and with big government, the little guy loses and pays for it. Anyone can write a book and teaching economics at Cambridge...well, what else do you need to know." Jun 8, 11 7:00 AM

mr z, do you know what all the ''devils'' in the bethany mclean book have in common?

• Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide, who dreamed of spreading homeownership to the masses, only to succumb to the peer pressure-and the outsized profits-of the sleaziest subprime lending.

• Roland Arnall, a respected philanthropist and diplomat, who made his fortune building Ameriquest, a subprime lending empire that relied on blatantly deceptive lending practices.

• Hank Greenberg, who built AIG into a Rube Goldberg contraption with an undeserved triple-A rating, and who ran it so tightly that he was the only one who knew where all the bodies were buried.

• Stan O'Neal of Merrill Lynch, aloof and suspicious, who suffered from "Goldman envy" and drove a proud old firm into the ground by promoting cronies and pushing out his smartest lieutenants.

• Lloyd Blankfein, who helped turn Goldman Sachs from a culture that famously put clients first to one that made clients secondary to its own bottom line.

• Franklin Raines of Fannie Mae, who (like his predecessors) bullied regulators into submission and let his firm drift away from its original, noble mission.

• Brian Clarkson of Moody's, who aggressively pushed to increase his rating agency's market share and stock price, at the cost of its integrity.

• Alan Greenspan, the legendary maestro of the Federal Reserve, who ignored the evidence of a growing housing bubble and turned a blind eye to the lending practices that ultimately brought down Wall Street-and inflicted enormous pain on the country. " Jun 8, 11 7:03 AM

Southampton Village Hires Specialized EMT For Bidens' Visit

why do you open every one of your posts or comments with some statement meant to degrade your audience? you don't necessarily need to do that before stating your opinion. you have as much a right to express yourself as anyone...but aside from disagreeing with you..which is part of it all and no problem...i have just been noticing your habit of some condescending mean opening salvo..which probably really decreases the amount of focus people put into what you are trying to express after it. hope you don't mind me saying this." Jun 9, 11 6:57 AM

Bishop Explains Vote Against Debt Ceiling Increase

fine, rest your case. when i was a kid, i learned ''sometimes you don't know what you don't know''. it applies here. macro economics specifically excludes the drilling down to the level of a ''sector'' or an ''industry''. and, you couldn't be more incorrect about hedge fund managers being the highest average salaries in the country. i can't take this anymore, i'm bailing and you can have the last word...hedge funds managers aren't even in the top 20 income earners in 2010. sure, you see some big houses and some bentley's, but this is not a scientific way to arrive at a conclusion. and while i have been trying to avoid the puffery in which you engage, you are going back and forth with someone who has only studied economics, statistics, finance, accounting and taxation and has a significant amount of post graduate degrees in economics. for decades. but i can tell you that we started by you explaining to me how republicans ship jobs to china. let me explain simply how you are wrong. us company manufactures any product. americans buy it from them and things are fine. chinese decide to produce same product. because they have no regulations and can save $$ with child labor etc.. they make product cheaper. americans then buy it from the chinese. us company goes out of biz and voila, ''jobs are shipped to china''. it isn't a political argument. it's all nonsense." Jun 10, 11 6:31 AM

Montauk Man Charged With Drop-Kicking. Hitting Puppy

its a rare exception when a mass murderer doesn't start out beating animals. this guy should be kept under close watch for the rest of his days." Jun 10, 11 12:36 PM

Bishop Explains Vote Against Debt Ceiling Increase

are you serious about this? you couldn't be more wrong. the stuff of headlines isn't always the real story. there has not been a reimbursement by the auto industry, it continues to bleed money and the tax cuts have not hurt at all. Free loading? The top 20% of earners pay 85% of the taxes. the top 1% of earners pay significantly more that the lower 95% of earners. and the roles of dems and republicans have changed drastically over the years so for common sense to drudge up old history book text in a degrading and errant way is almost inexplicable." Jun 11, 11 7:54 AM

Bishop Supports Ethics Investigation Into Weiner; Will Return Contributions If "Tainted"

in my opinion, we have to start cleaning house and demand a higher standard. it really doesn't matter what letter is after the representative's name, or at least it shouldn't. we should all want decent people representing us. these knuckleheads on both sides of the aisle have been getting away with everything for ever. the early departure to re-hab would indicate he's not going anywhere. so it'll be up the voters to state at the polls whether they think guys who send pics of their junk to younger girls whilst married to a preg. wife and then blatantly fibbing about it until completely busted by blogger geeks. but to suggest that others are even worse so he should stay would be to just perpetuate the primacy of the ruling class over the little guy and we shouldn't stand for that any more. now that he's been found to be sending messages to 17 year olds...he may not have committed any crimes or done anything illegal but do you want to obey the laws that he writes or have him represent new york in any way shape or form?" Jun 11, 11 4:12 PM

State Audit Criticizes Bridgehampton School's Collection Of Tuition Fees

the irony of the state auditing anyone and offering fiscal advisement is not lost on me. the previous ny state comptroller is currently serving time in ulster state correctional facility and will be due for a release next year at age 73. The disgraced former state official pled guilty to a felony charge of receiving reward for official misconduct, a felony, for receiving nearly $1 million in gifts in exchange for improperly favoring and approving $250 million in pension fund investments in private equity fund Markstone Capital Partners, L.P. " Jun 12, 11 6:21 AM

The currently pending catastrophe is the only thing the NY State Comptroller should be focused on, actually...the falsifying of their own reports to fake the positive health of the public pension funds. in reality is was all a criminal effort that falsified records so the rank and file employees would continue to work year in and year out whilst thinking that their pensions were in tact.

Every year, New York State issues a report that depicts its pension fund at the peak of health — not a penny short of what it needs to pay retirees their benefits. In some years, the report even shows a little surplus.

But now a Republican candidate for state comptroller, Harry J. Wilson, says those rosy numbers are little more than an accounting illusion. In fact, the pension fund is papering over a shortfall in the tens of billions of dollars, says Mr. Wilson, who has an M.B.A. from Harvard.

When the state takes its snapshot of the fund, he says, it makes several mistakes, including two big ones. First, it counts money that is not in the fund — hoped-for investment gains that may or may not appear and future contributions from workers and taxpayers. Second, it does not take into account that the state pensions are worth more than other such promised money because they come with a constitutional guarantee.

The difference in dollars is huge, Mr. Wilson writes in a paper due out on Thursday. If New York recalculated its pension numbers with the stricter standards that companies use, it would come up $30 billion to $80 billion short, he says. " Jun 12, 11 6:33 AM

Bishop Explains Vote Against Debt Ceiling Increase

well, then there is no convincing you and i wish you good luck. as for me, i'll rest comfortably in my knowledge that these evil wealthy people are the folks that hire the workers. and when the economy is as uncertain as it has been with no positive prospects, evil employers learn to get the job done with as little staff as possible. as for the auto companies, of the $63 Billion that they received, about 10% was in the form of ''loans''. yes, $53 Billion is chump change in this era but when i ''give'' or ''loan'' 53 Billion dollars to someone and get 7 Billion dollars back, I'm still looking for the other loot. check politi-fact or factcheck.org for the real truth, not the philathome truth." Jun 13, 11 6:14 AM

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