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Becker Has the Experience to Challenge McCarthy

Becker Has the Experience to Challenge McCarthy

By HOWARD J. KOPEL   On June 26,  we are going to have a primary election in which Republicans will choose candidates for U.S. Senator (to run against Kirstin Gillibrand) and, in our specific area, for Congress (to run against Carolyn McCarthy.) I am going to focus on the race for Congress, because it is [...]

Progress Despite Opposition

Progress Despite Opposition

By HOWARD KOPEL Readers of this column are well acquainted with my frequent Jeremiads concerning taxes and spending in Nassau County and beyond, and the conduct of certain elected officials and other public figures in this regard. I think that it’s time for a little good news! Over the past several years, the Republican majority [...]

Why are Taxes So Damn High?

Why are Taxes So Damn High?

By Howard Kopel As readers of this paper know well, Nassau County has the highest real estate taxes of any jurisdiction in the country. These taxes are the combined levies of the county, schools, towns, cities, villages, sanitation districts and libraries. The total anyone pays depends on where the property is, but is too high [...]

Lessons From the Election

By Howard J. Kopel It has been a few weeks since the elections here in Nassau County, and I have had time to reflect on what has happened, gain perspective and try to figure out what I, and all of us, can learn from it. We entered a fraught election season during a severe recession, [...]

Taxes Are Strangling Nassau Businesses

By Howard J. Kopel Dear Mr. Kopel, I am reaching out to you in need of assistance. I own and occupy a commercial building where my business is. I have around 65 people that work in my company. I purchased this building 5 years ago. At the time, the school taxes were around $50,000.00. I [...]

Avoiding the Fiscal Precipice

By HOWARD KOPEL       Over recent months, we have experienced eye opening events, both nationally and locally. After an ugly and, inconclusive fight, the United States government  avoided default on its bonds by passing a last minute compromise package that satisfied no one, since the President and Congress didn’t solve the problem of [...]

Avoiding the Fiscal Precipice

By HOWARD KOPEL   Over recent months, we have experienced eye opening events, both nationally and locally. After an ugly and, inconclusive fight, the United States government  avoided default on its bonds by passing a last minute compromise package that satisfied no one, since the President and Congress didn’t solve the problem of our mounting [...]

IT DIDN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY

By HOWARD KOPEL The other day, I voted with a majority of the Legislators to confirm layoffs by the County Executive of over 120 employees. It didn’t have to be this way. For the third time in my career, I am involved in the most difficult act for any employer with a conscience. The first [...]

REDISTRICTING FIGHT GETS UGLY

By HOWARD KOPEL As I write, I am in the Legislative Chamber enduring a second straight week of ugly fighting over a proposed adjustment of the borders of Nassau County Legislative Districts. When new Districts were first proposed, I looked forward to an interesting and respectful discussion. I was prepared for honest disagreement. I expected [...]

Howard J. Kopel: When “We have to have it” collides with “We can’t pay for it”

The scene is being played repeatedly all over the country, at every level of government. Budgets are under severe pressure and tax revenues are down. At the same time, expenses keep rising, as labor contracts, awarded in flush times and mandates for services, imposed by the federal and state governments, inflict ever higher costs. Who [...]

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