I suggest a review of current employment practices and perhaps new regulations in state employment to eliminate such questionable practices as permitting relatives to supervise one another (either directly or indirectly), the hiring of relatives,and also hiring those with whom one has close personal relationships (such as domestic partners) in positions with direct supervisory or potentially collusionary responsibilities.
The job of Chairman of the Board should not be merged with Executive Director. The Executive Director should report to and be held accountable by the MTA Board. This relationship would be undermined if the MTA Executive Director would also be the MTA Chairman of the Board.
Please implement change so that people who work in agriculture, namely migrant farmworkers, are protected by just labor laws. They are essential to our local economy (Brockport) and deserve the same protections that an honorable society provides its people.
Dear Governor-elect Spitzer:
Ideas for New York, Fantastic.
We estimate that there are between 120,000 and 150,000 NYS children who have parents in NYS, local, federal or immigration prisons, and no state ownership of this issue or planned process of any kind designed to address the needs of these children and prevent them from going into prison or having other serious life problems themselves.
Please support the rights of people to die with dignity and in a manner and time of their choosing.
Thanks for offering citizens the opportunity to submit feedback and ideas about how the State runs. While this is clearly a "transitional" web site, I suggest you continue to provide the opportunity for citizen input through the official NYS web site. While the current site offers a great deal of information, it is challenging to find ways for citizens to provide input or feedback to the Executive or Legislative branches of government. The Senate and (especially) the Assembly web sites have helpful pages, but links to them are buried among all the state agencies, which themselves require some search. A good step in making NY State government more representative and responsive would be to make it more accessible through its web site.
Dear Gov. Elect Spitzer:
The key to repairing a failed educational system at the primary and secondary levels lies in moving away from the current "factory" model in which literally thousands of students cram the hallways and very few are known personally by their administrators. Instead we need to develop smaller, more flexible and accountable environments.
I have two ideas:
Reservation shopping by the gaming industry has been found by Senator McCain's commission to be a detriment to communities and may soon be called illegal. Let's stop casinos now. Sullivan County is seeing an economic upturn. Casinos would bring a halt to that and the tourist industry.
Why not give $100 in lottery tickets for the 100 best ideas on this site as judged by your transition team? List the top five or ten in each category in a press release.
We do not need casinos in the catskills, and the crime and bankruptcy they will bring. The era of off-reservation casinos is coming to an end. There are much better ways to improve the upstate economy and casinos are not the way.
COMMENT: Michael A. L. Balboni - great choice for Homeland Security.