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Good Wednesday Morning,
It's 1.8º here at PlanPutnam Central this morning when the weather reports promised a warm 8º. Luckily the pipes haven't frozen and I've gotta say, I think this has been the coldest month ever. Don't we usually have a thaw, two or three days in a row where the temps hit 50 each January? I'm really in the mood for that now!
Reports in from Inaugural celebrations last evening were all quite good. In an email sent late last night I.B. wrote to say that the Carmel party was wonderful. I stopped in at Kent's celebration which filled the back room at McCarthy's on Route 52 and then headed over to Putnam Valley's party at Camp Combe on Peekskill Hollow Road. More than 200 people packed into the assembly hall there. John Cohen organized live music while he, David Amram, Drew Howland, David Santos and others performed for the crowd. State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef was there but beat a hasty retreat after I came in. There's this thing about real property tax reform you see...
Now that the celebrations are over, we need to refocus on New York state's budget. Governor Paterson has proposed a budget that raises taxes on a sundry list of items like iTunes purchases and sugar-filled sodas while we're not really seeing any movement on the way we pay for state services. While there is some movement in Albany to reassess the income tax structure, more needs to be done to ask wealthy New Yorkers to pay more of an affordable share via their income taxes. That's the kind of talk folk like Assemblywoman Galef do not want to hear about: she has to protect the voters in Haverstraw while of most of us pick up their tab. Keep an eye on this issue as it's going to make the difference in the State budget process.
And now, the news:
Barbara Livingston Nackman
Contact: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355/7873/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The film showcases green techniques that are being used in urban areas to reduce the effects of stormwater runoff on the quality of downstream receiving waters. The goal is to mimic the natural way water moves through an area before development by using design techniques that infiltrate, evaporate, and reuse runoff close to its source.
"The DRAFT 2009 Open Space Conservation Plan is now available for public comment. We encourage you to review this draft Plan and provide comments, so that the final Plan submitted to Governor Paterson later this year represents the best strategy for how our State, our partners and we, as citizens, should move forward to conserve our common
New Plan Identifies Conservation Priorities
Region 3 - Lower Hudson Valley January 22 Overlook Lodge, Bear
By CAROLYN NARDIELLO
FAIRVIEW, NJ (AP) -- Bridget Tapkas is by no means the only New Jersey property owner to fight government efforts to acquire land under the state's eminent domain laws.
By DANNY HAKIM
By Anita Bartholomew, January 14, 2009
Losses on mortgage debt, followed by recession woes such as corporate bankruptcies and rising defaults on credit cards, delivered a one-two punch.
By Ron Scherer | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Posted by Ed Cutlip on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 2:34 PM