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New York Patriot April 22, 2014 at 09:00 am
Based on 2012 IRS tax revenues, 71% of all tax dollars was paid by the top 10% of wage earners. OnRead More the other hand, just 2% of all tax dollars was paid by the bottom 50% of wage earners. In fact, more than 40% of low income Americans paid no taxes at all. The tax dollars that go to pay for benefits and pensions of government workers therefore comes disproportionately, if not almost entirely, from the top third of wage earners. They already pay their "fair" share. The question here is why are government employees entitled to have 100% of their healthcare benefits and robust pensions paid for by the taxpayers (you and I). Again, in the REAL world (private employers) the employee generally pays 40% to 50% of the cost of their health care premiums (pre-tax dollars out of your paycheck) AND employers stopped giving employees pensions long, long ago. These unions are bullying to keep pension and benefit arrangements that are at the heart of spiraling property taxes. So long as we continue to elect politicians who are willing to be bullied (generally Democrats), then expect the upward spiral of property taxes to continue
New York Patriot April 22, 2014 at 10:05 am
JM - That's right!! The uber-liberal LoHud would be correct. Right-sizing piggishly rich benefitRead More and pension programs mean give-ups by those receiving them. You don't have to be a math wiz to get the numbers on this. If you pay NOTHING toward your health benefits and now I ask you to pay 10%, you are giving up some income. Most Americans in the PRIVATE sector would do anything to work for a company that pays 90% of the cost of their healthcare benefit costs and gives them a piggishly rich pension. The pension needs to be terminated, as many companies have done, and converted to a 401(k) like all the rest of us have in the REAL world.
jeff meyer April 22, 2014 at 06:28 pm
NYP, Most Americans in the private sector would be better served if they were unionized. DecentRead More health care and a DBP pension are the results of a union job. That is why the JETBLUE pilots voted to unionize today according to the Wall Street Journal. In the REAL world workers should organize and negotiate in the collective bargaining process. There is strength in organizing. JM Tuckahoe, NY
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paul April 17, 2014 at 07:48 am
Too bad these company's can't be honest like the US government.
MK Smith April 17, 2014 at 10:22 am
Dump Cuomo. Dump Steve Israel.Read More http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/16/Nancy-Pelosi-House-Republicans-Amnesty
Willie Lester April 17, 2014 at 01:06 pm
I told you once and I will tell you agian, Cuomo can sleep through this election and still beatRead More Robbie Boy.
Big_E April 22, 2014 at 03:22 pm
That Newsmax article constantly says this is a way to circumvent the Constitution. But since theRead More Constitution grants states the right to award their EC votes any way they want, this is perfectly legal. A state could decide to award its EC votes based on a contest. Have the Democratic nominee and the Republican nominee guess how many jelly beans are in a jar. Closest one gets the EC votes for their party.
brookhavenconfucius April 22, 2014 at 04:26 pm
America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study findsRead More http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/21/americas-oligarchy-not-democracy-or-republic-unive/
Sean Hassett April 22, 2014 at 05:06 pm
Judy: The only incident of voter fraud that I know of personally was an elderly man who voted twiceRead More for the GOP candidate. He would not accept that it was wrong and even was delighted. Just saying.
STAR dot STAR April 12, 2014 at 09:45 pm
The BUNDY RANCH confrontation is all of us.
frank vecchione April 13, 2014 at 08:11 am
star , resist / never submit. this is not over . we must be prepared for the confrontation , thatRead More will come. in ny also , when the tyrant in albany starts to confiscate our firearms....
brookhavenconfucius April 13, 2014 at 08:37 am
AND FRANK, WE ARE ALL ALONE, TOO ! DONT EXPECT, any of those WHINY politicians, to be with TheRead More People !
First responders view the derailment of a Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle).
tom April 8, 2014 at 02:29 pm
Train barrels at 82 mph towards a 30 mph curve, kills 4, and injures and maims 60 others, and stillRead More not a single person - not one - has been held accountable.
BOL Majority Leader Catherine Borgia, NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Rocky’s Deli owner Greg Santone, BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz and Legislator MaryJane Shimsky at today’s press conference (Photo credit: Westchester County Board of Legislators /
Anne Iacobuzio April 4, 2014 at 08:21 am
Either an 18 year old is an adult or not. The age for voting, army enlistment, legal drinkingRead More & smoking should be the same. If an 18 year old is not mature enough to purchase a pack of cigerettes, then the 18 year old is not mature enough to vote for our President or enlist in the armed forces.
Scott Peterson April 4, 2014 at 11:53 am
Or be expected to register for the selective service or be allowed to enter into contracts likeRead More student loans or credit cards, to continue your thought Ms. Iacobuzio.
Anne Iacobuzio April 6, 2014 at 10:25 am
Or Scott, what about marriage, an 18 year old can marry but not buy cigerettes. How crazy is that?Read More
Robert Guttman March 27, 2014 at 02:34 pm
Everybody is going to claim that they want the railroad to emphasize safety over schedule - untilRead More their train arrives late.
Patrick March 27, 2014 at 09:34 pm
Nope. I say safety schmafety. My morning rush hour trains are 20 minutes late every day for the pastRead More 9 months. Step on it Mr. Engineer. I don't really care if we hit something.
Flower Jasmin March 29, 2014 at 06:19 am
Timeliness is a matter of safety on its own; Once one train is running late then the rest have to beRead More adjusted and errors are more likely.
oldfed April 17, 2014 at 11:56 am
Hey, let's blame NY gov Cuomo for this! It worked in NJ, even thought there is NO proof againstRead More Christy. Oops, can't blame Cuomo, he's a Dummycrat and coated w/ Teflon, isn't he?
Pat Godfrey March 24, 2014 at 02:16 pm
This bridge is massively over priced. $14-$16 tolls. It will cost Rocklanders way more to cross theRead More bridge. Where is Nita Lowey on this? Why isn't she looking out for Rockland residents and limiting the toll. All she has done is borrowed 1 Billion dollars which we the NYS tax payer has to pay back. This bridge will be a massive drain on the economy. It will stop Westchester riders from coming to shop at our malls. It will clog traffic for the next 3 years at least. Why are we doing this again?
Stevo March 24, 2014 at 11:15 am
brookhaven - You never fail to show your bigotry in your idiotic posts. What a creep you are!!
brookhavenconfucius March 24, 2014 at 01:28 pm
Thank you Stevo, or is it Sheep-O ? Was that it ?
brookhavenconfucius March 27, 2014 at 08:06 am
Earl, THESE ILLEGALS, "have not filed but are due refunds" ! Guess, we can call thisRead More ILLEGAL ALIEN PATCH, now !
bibliophile March 23, 2014 at 06:24 pm
Let's stop with the euphemisms. ILLEGAL, not "undocumented" is what should be used allRead More the time. Every time this country give out "amnesty" to millions of ILLEGALS, more come illegally and those who wait on line to request entry legally get screwed. I have family living in other countries who would admit them legally since the quota for Europeans had been met here. So, pardon me if I have no sympathy. How about a Dream Act to cut tuition rates for those legally living here and who are burdened with loans, but persevere to get a degree. It took me ten years to pay off my students loans, but I did it to get a BA, MA and a MS!
New York Patriot March 23, 2014 at 07:03 pm
Perhaps after the mid-term elections there will me a Nightmare Act brought for a vote in the thenRead More Republican Senate and Congress. This Nightmare Act will strengthen (no, fortify) our porous borders and begin a massive program of deportation of individuals (and their offspring) who have entered OUR home illegally.
Maire B March 25, 2014 at 07:31 pm
What upsets me is that 29 voted for this dumb idea. As someone above mentioned, why don't allRead More those who just love handing out money to those who are not legal citizens or who have committed crimes just hand over whatever personal amounts they have? This would make the generous libs happy and the rest of us could just support our own favorite charities, too, including the one that begins at home.
First responders view the derailment of a Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Nick M. March 16, 2014 at 08:46 am
Union culture=taxpayers pay more and receive less. How much $$$ does mta get in taxes yet ticketsRead More are still outrageously expensive. Health care, education, post office, border scurity. Does the govt do anything right? yet nyers always vote for more of it. How many private sector employee receive health insurance and retire after 30 yrs w a full pension?
Tucker J March 16, 2014 at 10:48 am
They should look into the work schedules of the engineers and conductors. These guys get CRAZYRead More overtime- working 80 hrs a week. They DO get rest periods-time and a half- to sleep on the job. The safety rules are manipulated for higher pay- not a safer railroad.
Willie Lester March 17, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Take a close look at Metro North’s pension plan. So good, congress copied it. Enough said.Read More
Putnam County Executive  and County Clerk both endorse Murphy for Westchester County Clerk
I Believe March 8, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Why does this newspaper feel that they should show criminals where they can break in and find guns.Read More If a criminal should break into my home, kill me and my family, and then leave with my guns to commit murder against others; does this newspaper expose itself to being sued out of existence? Why does this newspaper find it reasonable to go after law abidding and licensed individuals? Do the actions of this newspaper give the criminal pause to think about policy, procedures, structure, and law? Or, does this newspaper now provide the criminal with a road map to get their hands on lawfully owned guns? We all know that Gov. Cuomo can only go after law abidding people, he has no policy in place to go after criminals, or for criminals to fear committing a crime with a gun. He also has no sound or good policy to help the mentally ill. Sandy Hook was a world wide tragedy, but going after millions of individuals for the actions of one person is pretty damn scary. This is why we have the Constitution that needs to be followed during the most terrible times that our Country can witness. I ask that both Governor Cuomo and Rob Astorino clearly take a position on this very topic. First question I would ask each candidate; do you support the actions and objective of this newspaper to do what it is doing with the answer being restricted to a YES or NO, then followed up with their reasoning behind their answer.
State Sen. Greg Ball, seen in this file photo, is vocal on animal-cruelty prevention.
Michael Counihan February 22, 2014 at 01:29 pm
This is the problem with Ball. He writes legislation for a problem that doesn't exist. Meanwhile,Read More serious infrastructure needs in the district are neglected.
Rose Rowland February 22, 2014 at 03:29 pm
Please run for Congress. That way the rest of the country can get a good look at you.
Sir February 22, 2014 at 03:57 pm
If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Oh really?
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison runs a program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining.
Theresa Flora February 19, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Will there be fraternities and keg parties too? It's only fair.
Aidan February 20, 2014 at 07:25 am
Will their degree say "The University of Attica" and "Sing Sing College"? I canRead More see the job interview plain as day: "So, what did you major in at Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional College?" "Fine Arts … tattooing."
Theresa Flora February 20, 2014 at 02:07 pm
Car stickers & sweatshirts: Attica State College Class of 2025 to life
Tommy Noble February 12, 2014 at 04:36 pm
Put 'er in four-wheel drive, wrap some chains around those tires and take a freaking day trip to aRead More winery in the snow!
Christopher Wendt February 12, 2014 at 08:12 pm
Hop aboard the LIRR and visit the Met or MOMA. You can easily spend an entire day at either ofRead More them. Another good trip in nice weather if Fort Tryon and the Cloisters, with lunch or dinner at the New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park. Or go downtown, take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. Or check out Battery Park, or rent a bicycle and ride up from the Battery to the GW Bridge along the Hudson River, turn around and pedal to Central Park, drop off the bike, take the subway to Penn and the LIRR. The last one we did was the 911 Memorial, Trinity Church & Cemetery, the NYSE, the Federal Building (where Washington was sworn-in as President and where the Bill of Rights was written; cap off this trip with a meal at Fraunces Tavern.
Joseph T Schmitt February 3, 2014 at 08:45 am
Con Ed & Orange & Rockland needs to cut down on the top heavy management and hire more handsRead More on union employees who risk their lives day & night.
Hillary Clinton administers the oath of office to Councilman Adam Brodsky.
Juliarose Coulombe January 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm
"I will fight for your right to your freedoms but that does not mean I respect and condoneRead More your misunderstanding the truth of what happened in Bengazi. Lt. Col. Bob Coulombe" Very well said. People will hear and see what they want and that was exactly the case with Bengazi. To say that Hillary didn't care is simply asinine. She is human after all. Weather you agree with her politics or not can you honestly think she didn't care? And to say not one single finger was lifted? Mistakes happen, in every job. Yes- mistakes that take lives. Do you think she would not have changed what happened if she could? Anthony- What gives you any indication that she is the cold blooded, evil human you seem to paint the picture of her being? Politics should not be about bashing one another with false claims. It's no wonder change is so slow in this country….
Theresa Flora January 24, 2014 at 06:12 am
Please. This is disrespectful to the brave men who died in Benghazi. Hillary Clinton has their bloodRead More on her hands. Don't try to spin this with lame excuses. And yes Anthony, it's disheartening to see a retired service member praise her. Disheartening and disgraceful.
Anthony January 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Col & Juliarose, I am a veteran who has and will always defend our Country and ourRead More Constitution. I have also taken the "Time" to obtain the complete facts regarding former Secretary of State Clinton's and the President's actions or lack thereof regarding Benghazi. Strange that you state that the Benghazi attack was made by "Al-Quaida or an affiliate group," when Mrs. Clinton insisted that the attack was the work of a mob who were upset by a documentary film. She made those statements when the coffins of the 4 dead Americans were received at Dover AFB in front of their families. I never brought politics into my comments, but it appears that when liberals like yourselves have no other answer to justify their positions, they go on the attack. I never said that Hilary Clinton was a cold-blooded, evil, human being, you said that Juliarose. I would suggest that prior to you both launching attacks on those who have differing opinions, that you obtain the facts. Here is a timeline of the events leading up to, during, and post the Beghazi attack. These facts are indisputable. Just read the timelines without imparting your political beliefs and perhaps your eyes will be opened. http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/benghazi-scandal-grows_722032.html?page=1#
Audrey Furfaro July 17, 2013 at 01:38 pm
Twin Oaks has a deed restriction that limits its use to recreational purposes, so its market valueRead More is probably much less than 2m. No one could buy it and develop for residential use-- Not sure why its listing suggests it could.