A community activist group in Nassau County is calling for criminal charges against the officials in the Hempstead School District after an audit revealed a myriad of problems.
As News 12 has reported, the 50-page audit report uncovered systematic problems between July 2011 and March 2013. Among the key problems, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the audit "revealed a pattern of wasteful spending, poor decision-making, sloppy record keeping and a lack of transparency." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po63BiebC_w
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $1.7 billion plan Wednesday to provide property-tax credits by tying taxes to household income.
The program would be phased in over four years and provide credits to more than 1 million middle-class homeowners and more than 1 million renters. Homeowners would be eligible if they earn less than $250,000 a year in adjusted gross income and if their communities stay under the property-tax cap. Also, a homeowner's property taxes would have to exceed 6 percent of income in order to be eligible.
Cuomo said his proposal would be another way to cut down on New York's property taxes, which are among the nation's highest. The plan will be part of his proposed 2015-16 budget and State of the State address Jan. 21...MORE (lohud.com)
Just when it appeared the Islanders were headed for their third straight loss, John Tavares came to the rescue.
The Islanders captain single-handedly saved his team from defeat in Newark by scoring the game-tying goal in regulation and game-winning tally in overtime to carry the Isles to a 3-2 win over the Devils on Friday night.
The Isles have tied a franchise record with 27 wins at the midpoint of the season — set in 1978-79 during an 80-game campaign — and are back in first place in the Metropolitan Division...MORE (NYDailyNews.com)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s state comptroller says an audit by his office has found $453,000 in questionable payments at the Hempstead Union Free School District.
The audit released Tuesday by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli also accuses the Hempstead school board of scheduling too many “emergency” meetings at times when the public will be unlikely to attend...MORE (CBSlocal.com)
As government problems go, it’s not a bad one to have: How should New York spend a $5 billion surplus?
The options are all big-ticket items. The $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. Schools. Upgrades to New York City subways. Statewide broadband access. Highways, water and sewer projects.
The money comes from big settlements with banks and insurance companies like BNP Paribas SA and Bank of America Corp...MORE (LIBN.com)
A Mattituck man posted an ad on Craigslist offering marijuana for sale, but his “customers” turned out to be cops Wednesday night, Nassau County Police said.
David M. Boscola, 34, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. in Plainview, police said.
According to police, while conducting a narcotics investigation, detectives contacted Boscola through the Craigslist ad he placed, which listed various strains of marijuana for sale, including “sour diesel,” “kush,” and “purple urkle.” MORE (Patch.com)
Charles D. "Chuck" Lavine (born August 14, 1947) represents District 13 in the New York State Assembly, which comprises communities located in and around Nassau County. Lavine is a member of the democratic party and serves as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance, co-chair of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission and is a member of the committees on Codes, Health, Higher Education, Insurance, Judiciary, and Social Services.
In 2014, Lavine sponsored legislation to authorize Speed Cameras to be installed in Nassau County school districts. He also voted to bring red-light traffic cameras to Nassau County. Charles Lavine on Wikipedia
Justin Elliott & Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan, NPR
October 29, 2014:
In 2012, two massive storms pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks.
Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, confident their money would ease the suffering left behind by Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. They believed the charity was up to the job.
They were wrong.
The Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Sandy and Isaac, leaving behind a trail of unmet needs and acrimony, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR. The charity’s shortcomings were detailed in confidential reports and internal emails, as well as accounts from current and former disaster relief specialists.
What’s more, Red Cross officials at national headquarters in Washington, D.C. compounded the charity’s inability to provide relief by “diverting assets for public relations purposes,” as one internal report puts it. Distribution of relief supplies, the report said, was “politically driven.”
During Isaac, Red Cross supervisors ordered dozens of trucks usually deployed to deliver aid to be driven around nearly empty instead, “just to be seen,” one of the drivers, Jim Dunham, recalls...MORE (ProPublica.org)