Alfonse D'Amato
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Last week, Governor Cuomo unveiled his 2013-14 budget. He proposed to increase school aid statewide by 3 percent while keeping overall state spending growth under 2 percent. more
I always thought it was cliché to say, “I’ve never seen anything like it,” but in the aftermath of Sandy, I can honestly say that, in my lifetime, I’ve never seen anything like it. more
The mad dash is on in Washington to enact a tax bill, and at the same time to pass a funding bill to keep the U.S. government open and functioning into the new year. How did we come to such a scrambled situation, in which these major issues are backed up against the clock ticking down toward 2018? As the saying goes, timing is everything. more
The recent special congressional elections should send a signal to both parties. The outcomes weren’t really surprising, because the seats were held by Republicans . . . more
In Congress, and particularly in the Senate, successful legislating depends on dealing with the real concerns of individual legislators and the interests of their states. Theory is fine in colleges and think tanks . . . more
It’s easy to get complacent about our nation’s economy right now. We’re in the longest modern-day recovery from a recession. The stock market has soared past 22,000. Unemployment is low. more
When you turn on the news or read the papers these days, do you get a sense of disconnection between what really affects our daily lives and our families’ well-being, and what passes for important news in the media and in political circles? I do. more
Given all the controversy about Russia today, maybe it’s time for a reality check. more
Let’s imagine our house on fire. What’s the first thing we’d want to do? Put it out! Try to save it to be repaired and reoccupied. But too often these days . . . more
Last week, we saw a dramatic escalation in tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. The chance of military conflict seems to increase with every exchange of messages. more
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