To the editor: Listening to Gov. Kathy Hochul at the debate, I would have thought that Donald Trump was the Republican Party candidate for governor. No wonder Hochul followed the Rose Garden campaign strategy. She preferred hiding behind tens of millions of dollars in television campaign commercials rather than face […]
Letter: New York can do more to encourage voter participation
To the editor: Early voting has started in the Congressional primary contests. Voter turnout is expected to be very light. New York state could do more to encourage more voter participation in all contested elections. I suggest that New York state does what was done during the height of the […]
Letter: Voters deserve candidate debates, journalists must apply pressure
To the editor: Too many incumbent elected officials at all levels of government follow the infamous Rose Garden strategy of ignoring their respective challengers, by refusing to participate in as few public debates as possible. As a sitting governor, Kathy Hochul starts out with many advantages not available to her […]
Letter: August primaries are a form of voter suppression
To the editor: After the Court of Appeals tossed out the redistricting maps for congressional and state Senate seats, the new date of the primary has been scheduled for August 23rd. I think this is a form of voter suppression. I believe that the New York State Legislature should petition […]
Letter: Do we really need a lieutenant governor?
To the editor: I have been reading with interest your articles about the resignation of Lt. Governor Benjamin. I also have been reading reports of the lack of influence most of the former lieutenant governors of the state have had with the governors they have served with. The question I […]
Letter: Why should our senior citizens be treated differently, based on where they live?
To the editor: The New York State Legislature should increase the maximum income amount that would make senior citizens eligible for partial senior tax breaks. The last time the state Legislature increased the amount for Westchester County seniors and seniors around New York state was more than 15 years ago. […]
Opinion: Drug injection sites are a public health disaster waiting to happen
New York state is at a public health and safety crossroads, and yet again current leadership has proven they are unable to discern the right direction. Recently, two decisions handed down from misguided liberals in New York have further put the public at risk as there appears to be no […]
Letter: Property tax circuit breaker is finally a reality
To the Editor, There are many important provisions in this year’s state budget, including record funding for our schools, our environment, and our healthcare system. I want to highlight a budget provision that has not gotten much attention: the property tax circuit breaker, totaling $382 million this year and helping […]