PARTISAN POLITICAL AGENDAS BLOCK CHANGE IN HEMPSTEAD

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It seems Hempstead residents’ optimism for a less partisan, more transparent government was premature, as bipartisanship still appears to be “dead” in the nation’s largest township. After Laura Gillen was elected as the first Democratic supervisor in the Town of Hempstead in over 100 years, a wave of hope washed over residents for a fairer and more responsive government. Shortly … Read More

COMMUTERS FIGHT BACK: LIRR LAWSUIT PICKS UP SPEED

Two commuters are suing the Long Island Rail Road on behalf of all train passengers who suffered during the so-called “Summer of Hell,” when passengers endured daily rush-hour delays, cancellations, and dangerous overcrowding. Fred Lee of Uniondale and Meredith Jacobs of Wantagh filed the lawsuit last June after they say the LIRR failed to provide passengers “with any semblance of … Read More

FAILING NY FILM HUB IS BREAKING LAWS LIKE THE FELONS WHO BUILT IT

The men who designed and built DeWitt’s $14.4 million Central New York Film Hub are now convicted felons. Still, state officials refuse to disclose the under-performing studio’s financial reports to the taxpayers who funded it. Fort Schuyler Management Corp., the state-controlled nonprofit that owned the hub until this past May, reportedly denied a Freedom of Information Law request for unredacted … Read More

CORRUPTION BURNS… AND LEAVES A NASTY SCAR, TOO

Ramapo residents are paying the price for a crime they did not commit as the town once again considers selling preserved land and residential homes. An audit of town finances discovered that Ramapo has amassed a debt of $8 million, much of which was incurred during former Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence’s rocky tenure. St. Lawrence was convicted of 20 corruption-related … Read More

MTA’S LATEST UNDERGROUND PROJECT IS LIKE PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG

The MTA has proven time and time again they can’t be trusted to spend taxpayer dollars wisely or efficiently. Their $30 million backsplash project is yet another example of mismanagement and wastefulness. Rather than allocating the money to desperately needed subway repairs, the MTA opted to stripe two city tunnels in the state’s blue-and-gold color scheme. That’s right – the … Read More

DEAN SKELOS AND SON CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION… AGAIN

A Manhattan federal jury found Former State Senate leader and Long Island power broker Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, guilty on eight counts each of conspiracy, extortion and bribery this past Tuesday. Skelos was accused of abusing his power in Albany to strong-arm a real estate company, a malpractice insurer, and a Nassau County contractor into giving his son over … Read More

5 Things to Know: Nassau’s Finances

Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman released his first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) at the beginning of July, which prefaces County Executive Laura Curran’s first executive budget proposal this fall. We read it, identifying the five most important things, so you don’t have to. 1) Nassau County is finally using legal accounting standards   The County Comptroller has made the … Read More

After Parade of Witnesses, Prosecutors Expected to Rest Case in Buffalo Billion Trial

Prosecutors’ star witness, Former LPCiminelli executive Kevin Schuler, wrapped up his testimony last week in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial. Schuler maintained that LPCiminelli was favored by former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros in the bidding of the state’s Buffalo Billion development project. Emails were once again a central topic of discussion, as Justin Ellard, a special agent with the … Read More

PROSECUTORS’ STAR WITNESS TAKES THE STAND IN BUFFALO BILLION CORRUPTION TRIAL

Former LPCiminelli executive Kevin Schuler, whom prosecutors have named their “star witness,” took the stand in the corruption trial of former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros. Schuler testified that LPCiminelli was “in the driver’s seat” when it came to a bid for the state’s Buffalo Billion construction project, as Kaloyeros agreed to “fine-tune” the offer to fit the firm’s qualifications. … Read More

Albany’s 2017-2018 Legislative Session: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Albany’s legislative session came to a disappointing end last week. New Yorkers are struggling to make ends meet, get to work on time, and even trust their government. Meanwhile, legislators spent time crafting proposals so ridiculous they’re laughable. Check out Reclaim’s breakdown of this year’s legislative session: The Good During state budget negotiations, lawmakers removed the internet sales tax expansion. … Read More