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What are You Going to Cut

What are You Going to Cut

By George Sava On August 24, 2012, I wrote an article entitled “Shifting Our Tax Obligations.” In that article I expressed my concern over the Romney-Ryan tax plan.  My concern is that their plan to lower current tax rates is contingent upon the elimination of our current tax deductions.  For many, the loss of various [...]

Shifting Our Tax Obligations

Shifting Our Tax Obligations

By George Sava When Paul Ryan was picked by Mitt Romney as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate, there was a great deal of celebration among conservatives.  Paul Ryan and specifically the Ryan economic plan were lauded as the cure all for America.  Arguments were made that Paul Ryan’s plan will afford all individuals tax relief [...]

The Art of the Car Deal

The Art of the Car Deal

-VOX POPULI- By George Sava   As my car approaches its seventh year, I have decided that it is time to buy or lease a new car.  Although in today’s market many individuals are holding onto their cars for up to ten years, if not more, I feel that for me the time is right.  [...]

Nanny State

Nanny State

By George Sava   Recently Mayor Bloomberg announced his proposal to restrict the sale of sugared drinks in New York City.  Similarly, Cambridge, Massachusetts is considering a ban of sugary drinks in restaurants.  The impetus for these restrictions is the concern that a high intake of soda and other sugary drinks increase the risk of [...]

The Traditional Memorial Day

The Traditional Memorial Day

By George Sava   On May 5, 1868, when General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for those who died in the Civil War, he stated that, “[L]et no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the [...]

Beware the Dreaded Commuter Tax

Beware the Dreaded Commuter Tax

By GEORGE SAVA This week, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer raised the idea of restoring the New York City Commuter Tax Surcharge.  The New York State Legislature eliminated the original 33 year old surcharge in 1999.  According to Business Week, “The idea of restoring the tax was raised by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who [...]

Support the Hewlett-Woodmere Library

Support the Hewlett-Woodmere Library

By George Sava   On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library is holding a vote on its proposed 2012/2013 library budget.  For those who reside in Hewlett and Woodmere, I respectfully ask that you vote in favor of the proposed library budget.  The library is a truly special place, a haven of knowledge [...]

Pass “Go” and Spend Thousands of Dollars

Pass “Go” and Spend Thousands of Dollars

By GEORGE SAVA On February 24th, this paper published an article titled, “Rockaway Turnpike Signals Fixed, Should Ease Traffic.”  The basis of the article was to inform you that two “traffic jamming stop lights on the Queens side of Rockaway Turnpike have been changed to stay in-sync with those on the Nassau side after complaints [...]

Stop the Mailings!

Stop the Mailings!

By GEORGE SAVA Among the number of issues raised during the Town of Hempstead 2011 elections was that of the large number of costly and in many instances unnecessary mailings. So many mailings in fact that questions were raised whether said mailings were created to provide information or whether they were simply to allow the [...]

Did You Call the Mayor Yet?

Did You Call the Mayor Yet?

By George Sava Recently, many of you may have received a letter from Legislator Howard Kopel regarding traffic congestion on Rockaway Boulevard.  In the letter Legislator Kopel identified “faulty traffic signal sensors belonging to and maintained by New York City” as the cause of miles-long back-ups resulting in “an extra 25 to 50 minutes, on [...]

Good News, Bad News

By GEORGE SAVA First, I would like to begin with what I am being told is good news. Recently many of you, like me, may have learned that your tax bills from the Town of Hempstead and the County of Nassau are being or have been reduced. For those of you who have followed my [...]

Our Expensive Bags of Garbage

By George Sava Like many in the Five Towns, I am generally happy with our sanitation service.  I enjoy the ease of the backyard pick up and I appreciate the professionalism of the sanitation workers.  With that said, however, I must question the cost of said service. According to a Nassau County 2006 Comptroller Report, [...]

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