Upstate New York sees spike in sales tax revenue; Rockland has modest increase

Upstate New York sees spike in sales tax revenue; Rockland has modest increase

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced this week that overall local sales tax collections for calendar year 2017. Rockland County’s sales tax revenue increased 2 percent from $205 to $209 million.  Sales tax totaled $16.6 billion across New York State, an increase of $620 million, or 3.9 percent over the previous year, marking the highest year-over-year growth statewide since 2013. New […]

OMBUDSMAN-ALERT: Assemblyman Zebrowski Co-Sponsors Bills to Broaden Primary Seat Belt Laws to Include All Passengers in Both Front and Rear Seats

OMBUDSMAN-ALERT: Assemblyman Zebrowski Co-Sponsors Bills to Broaden Primary Seat Belt Laws to Include All Passengers in Both Front and Rear Seats

BY Dr. Louis Alpert Ombudsman As stated in last week’s Ombudsman-Alert article, “Keeping a hawk eye on auto safety”, New York State recently had their Highway Safety Laws downgraded  by the “Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety” from Green (best) to Yellow (caution) for lack of a primary seat belt Law in place that covered […]

TOWN AND VILLAGE OFFICIALS RELEASE STATEMENTS OF HIGH PRAISE FOR CHPE AGREEMENT

TOWN AND VILLAGE OFFICIALS RELEASE STATEMENTS OF HIGH PRAISE FOR CHPE AGREEMENT

Memorandum of understanding sealed between local municipalities and Transmission Developers, Inc. Last week, five Rockland localities signed off on a memorandum of understanding with Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI), developer of the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE), “a completely buried, high voltage direct current transmission line proposed to extend from the Canadian border to New York […]

STATE OFFERS AMNESTY ON TZ TOLL FINES: Amnesty webpage goes live but future penalties will remain harsh

STATE OFFERS AMNESTY ON TZ TOLL FINES: Amnesty webpage goes live but future penalties will remain harsh

Debt Jubilee gives some temporary relief for toll scofflaws but in long-run EZ-Pass is only sane option for commuters BY DYLAN SKRILOFF Expensive fines added to the tolls of thousands of TZ Bridge Tolls-by-Mail drivers will vanish if drivers take advantage of an amnesty program offered through Feb. 26, 2018 by the New York State Thruway Authority. The website is now open at thruway.ny.gov/amnesty. Customers who […]

OMBUDSMAN ALERT: Keeping a hawk eye on auto safety

OMBUDSMAN ALERT: Keeping a hawk eye on auto safety

Ombudsman Alert sits in on National Webinar hosted by leading auto safety ‘Advocates’   BY DR. LOUIS ALPERT Ombudsman The Ombudsman Alert [this author] was invited to participate in the National Webinar held by the ‘Advocates’ on January 22.  The purpose of the webinar was to emphasize that adopting proven state safety laws and existing advanced […]

Reclaim New York says new congestion toll plan is a bail out for Cuomo and MTA

Reclaim New York says new congestion toll plan is a bail out for Cuomo and MTA

Reclaim New York Initiative offered the following statement on the “Fix NYC” panel’s congestion pricing report: “Congestion pricing would be yet another massive new tax on New Yorkers. It would pass the bill for the MTA’s perpetual waste and management, and the Governor’s pass-the-buck leadership, to hard-working, overburdened commuters who can’t afford it. “More money, […]

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