Again, It’s Time for Leadership & Bold Thinking

0 Comment

It’s déjà vu all over again. More than a decade ago, our economy seemed doomed. Unemployment was high, housing was stagnant, and people saw their economic security threatened. Typically, New York State was paralyzed by Albany when we needed them the most. Far from the conducive atmosphere needed to create trust in and hope for…

Read More

Minimum Wage Battle Spooks Job Creators

0 Comment

New York Democrats are threatening to stifle the dismal pace of job creation in New York State with a 17% hike in our minimum wage. The NY Post reports: Albany Democrats are determined to push through a 17 percent hike in New York state’s minimum wage, despite repeated warnings that it would hurt the economy…

Read More

Cuomo’s Xmas pork

0 Comment

Christmas came early in Albany this year. Santa Cuomo bounded down the  Capitol chimney with a sackful of relief — tax relief for middle-class New  Yorkers and (with reductions in the downstate  MTA payroll levy) small businesses and nonpublic schools and help for  upstate communities hit by this year’s floods. (Oh, yes, wealthy New Yorkers…

Read More

To Protest Inequality in Wages, Go Home!

0 Comment

Many of Occupy Wall Street’s esteemed protesters believe that inequality of incomes is Wall Street’s fault, and they clearly think that attacking our financial system will somehow make the 1% of fat cats reflect on their good fortune and decided to share it with those in Zuccotti Park. To most people who possess a shred of…

Read More

NY Post: Lawsuits/State Regulation Threaten Another Industry

0 Comment

This is beginning to be a refrain that is heard far too frequently. A top restaurateur is throwing in the apron, saying he’s done with New York City because a wave of vicious lawsuits, coupled with draconian state regulations, threatens to cripple the industry. The New York Post published an article about numerous high-end New…

Read More

Private Donors Help NYC Students

0 Comment

Our state budget is strained to the limit and programs are being cut that no one would prefer to cut. As the politicians who created this mess duck for cover and point fingers, often while trying to spend even more, the private sector is stepping up. This is the private sector that these same politicians…

Read More

City Blows opportunity – now rations toilet paper

0 Comment

Sadly the NY Post called it correctly. Our elected officials failed to make the real hard choices needed to reign in spending and now, as if in a bad sitcom, it is rationing toilet paper at public bathrooms just in time for the summer holiday season. This excerpt says it all: Bloomberg just concluded another…

Read More

New York ranks last in State Business Climate Index

0 Comment

It is axiomatic that we want job creation in New York – what New Yorker wouldn’t want to see our unemployment rate go down?  Since jobs are created when companies hire employees, it would seem obvious that all New Yorkers would be supportive of public policy that encourages employers to set up shop in New…

Read More

Pensions at NYC Sanitation Dept.

0 Comment

It is frightening when numbers are added to a particular theoretical problem. And let’s understand that this is merely the tip of iceberg. It makes you fear what you would uncover elsewhere in city government. While people blame Bloomberg for not cleaning up the streets after the snow storm, Nicole Gelinas wrote a great piece…

Read More

Derailing New York’s Economic Engine

0 Comment

The Public Policy Institute of New York State has rightfully been critical of our state elected officials for their misguided attacks on the industry that is the largest contributor to New York’s gross state product. They penned a scathing report titled “Derailing New York’s Economic Engine: How Albany Punishes New York’s Largest Industry.” In this…

Read More