senator jose m. serrano
If every transparency effort is like a window pane, and you begin to layer them one on top of the other, how long until the process becomes too opaque … until the desired transparency gives way to fog?
Essentially, this is the question I posed in a letter to the Governor on state stimulus funding. Right now there is a whole menu of programs at various agencies and various levels of government. Just take a look at the online resources:
We have the Mayor’s Stimulus Tracker in New York City.
The old saying in government is that “where you stand depends on where you sit.”
In other words, because I’m freshly seated as Chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, it’s no wonder I stand in strong opposition to proposed budget cuts that affect, well, all of the above.
Read my lips: no new lies. Not in Albany, not in DC.
Senator McCain's recent "tax and spend" attack ad references plans by Senator Obama to levy "painful tax increases on working American families." But the McCain campaign is being disingenuous.
According to the non-partisan FactCheck.org, the Obama tax plan would lower taxes for 81.3 percent of all households and for 95.5 percent of households with children. For families bringing home between $37,595 and $66,354, the Obama plan would cut on average $1,118 from their federal tax burden.
… because in our next life, we all want to come back as Liz and Azi.
The Governor’s Economic Security Cabinet will be in Harlem on July 28 as part of a statewide series of town hall meetings. The Cabinet will look at, among other things, job growth and workforce development.
I think there’s a lot to be learned from the 28th Senate District – which is both a hotbed of new and innovative economic activity, but also a place with a lot of economic insecurity.
Senator Obama made an astute comment last week to the nation’s mayors. He said that "change comes not from the top-down, but from the bottom-up.
The Bush corollary is that bad decisions at the federal level do go from the top on down, with local governments left to clean up the mess.
Two examples of what I mean:
• Military recruiters have developed special marketing techniques that target youth in low-income neighborhoods. Everything from parking decked-out Hummers in front of Bronx high school to recruiting users of internet role-playing war games. The efforts are not simply aggressive, but very often violate Dept. of Education guidelines. (Be sure to read this report from Borough President Stringer and NYCLU.)
Republicans are calling New York a sanctuary city. I say let's make it a sanctuary state.