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The completely unnecessary wars over education launched by Mayor de Blasio continued this week, with the specter of dueling rallies in Albany.
One was a protest against de Blasio’s decision to undercut charter schools at every turn. The innovative public schools, though not without problems, are providing wonderful educational opportunities to many students, especially hard-working minorities in poor neighborhoods. But they are anathema to de Blasio’s allies in the teachers union because they are not subject to their rules, and he apparently would rather see those students forced back into substandard traditional schools than be given such a great chance to succeed.
Re “Queens Library chief defends salary,” Feb. 27:
I find it hard to swallow that Galante can be worth that kind of salary, especially in the shrinking library business. Nothing there smacks of a six-figure paycheck, especially in this economic climate. More cronyism, if you really want to know.
The reasons they gave to try and justify a salary such as that weren’t very convincing in my opinion. This country, let along New York State, is barely surviving, and for someone to consider themselves worth that kind of money, for that kind of job, is robbing from the taxpayers of this state. I am a believer in free market capitalism, but this just flies in the face of logic.
We all know that due to technology today, libraries are a dying institution, like so many other things that have gone by the wayside during the course of history. Advancements, improvements and the like create obsolescence in certain career paths, but on the other hand they bring about new ones. This is just another example of mismanagement, padded salaries and cronyism, and the very reason why people are leaving New York State in record numbers.
I’m sure Mr. Galante feels he’s worth that kind of salary, as most people have an inflated opinion of themselves and their indispensability, but I can guarantee you could find someone willing to do that job for one-third of what he’s getting, and employ two more people, thereby improving the bitter job market by utilizing three people who can better serve the community in other ways.
Let’s try to put people back to work by ending duplicity in government, reducing taxes and increasing opportunity, and maybe we can get back on the road to fiscal responsibility. When I see articles like this, where someone is getting this kind of salary, it blows my mind.
Public libraries hold a long and distinguished commitment to providing a wide range of materials and services essential for a democratic society to flourish. Freedom of access to information and knowledge provides a critical foundation upon which progress is predicated. Therefore, how astonishing it is for the Queens Public Library president and CEO, along with the library’s board of directors, to hinder current requests for transparency in the private arrangements made for compensation utilizing taxpayer funds.
Fortunately, Comptroller Stringer seeks an outside audit and the stern and insightful requests by Borough President Katz for adherence to best practices for governance and management hold the potential for accountability to taxpayers.
The Internal Revenue Service’s form 990 is a publically disclosed document filed annually by most charities, including QPL. The Queens Chronicle quotes CEO Galante as saying he works “… nearly 100 hours a week …” yet the 2007 IRS 990 states 40 hours/week for a total c
ompensation of $375,498; by 2010 it reached $488,503, according to that year’s IRS 990 filing. In 2012 income from government grants (i.e., taxpayer monies) came to $99,668,280 while all other contributions, gifts and grants reached $627,271.
This overwhelming role of taxpayer funding requires consistent transparency. For the board of directors to have operated in the realm of compensation and contractive agreements including the “evergreen clause,” which effectively gives the CEO permanent employment on an advancing five-year calendar, along with a $2 million golden handshake for breaking the agreement, borders on gross arrogance toward the public. The outcome is distrust of an important community institution’s leadership.
Until complete transparency in these financial and employment practices occur, the public would be prudent to specifically earmark all contributions to QPL to be spent only for materials at their local branch library. I know that is what I intend to do.
Democratic reaction to state Sen. Tony Avella’s decision to jump ship and join the Independent Democratic Conference in Albany is officially “disappointment,” but beneath the surface there appears to be anger and a desire for retribution.
Avella, of Bayside, last week joined the now-five-person IDC, which was organized in 2011 and runs the Senate with the Republicans in an unlikely coalition. He indicated he joined in an attempt to pass more legislation and that “at the end of the day, it will be helpful to my district and the Borough of Queens.”
Obamacare is the term used by both the president’s supporters and critics when discussing his signature legislative initiative, the federal Affordable Care Act.
And with the March 31 deadline for those without health insurance to apply without paying a penalty, the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP is pulling out all stops in its effort to get residents of Southeast Queens to sign up.
A new bill introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) on March 4 would allow those caring for elderly relatives who do not live with them to receive a tax credit of up to $1,200 for qualified elder-care expenses.
Many of those caregivers — who, according to Israel, spend on average $5,530 out-of-pocket each year on expenses for their aging relatives — cannot claim their parents as dependents because they live elsewhere.
(NAPSI)—April 15 is a date many Americans view with some hesitation as they endure the paperwork needed to file their taxes. But with almost 75 percent of Americans receiving an average annual refund of $3,000, there is positive news for most. And many consumers find this a good reminder to annually update other financial records.
(NAPSI)—College can be expensive but it can also pay off in two ways. First, college graduates earn, on average, nearly a million dollars more over a lifetime than non-college graduates, the Census Bureau reports. Second, the money you invest now for a future college education may enjoy tax-free growth or other tax advantages. Here are seven smart reasons to save:
(BPT) - Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are growing and quickly. By 2023, STEM will generate a projected 2.6 million new jobs, creating a high demand for qualified employees with STEM backgrounds in the coming years, according to Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
(NewsUSA) - With the economy still so tepid that about 75 percent of all new jobs created this year were part-time, guess which occupation is expected to see an employment growth rate that's faster than the average of all others?
(Family Features) You head to the doctor for a fever or a physical and to the dentist for a sore tooth or a cleaning, but what about your eye health? If words on the page seem a bit out of focus, or your night vision isn’t as sharp as it used to be, do you head to the eye doctor? You may not, but you should.
Moving ahead quickly, the City Council on Wednesday passed the Earned Sick Time Act, the new, more comprehensive bill mandating paid days off for employees of all but the tiniest companies here. It will take effect April 1.
Last week we expressed our ambivalence about the bill — we believe in such protections for workers but recognize they come at a price for employers.
If Mr. Ed Konecnik is not careful, he will dislocate his shoulder due to his non-stop personal back slapping (“Land of the freeloader,” Letters, Feb. 20). Somehow his description of what to him is “Freedom,” is more akin to Greedom. It is particularly ugly in our advanced socially civilized country to approach life in a Neanderthal, every-man-for-himself mentality. Our Liberty Lady’s green face would turn red with embarrassment.
We have seen the turmoil and the reaction of the populace in countries that have lived in and under the yolk of other “-doms” such as kingdom and serfdom. Left to the wishes of some in our country, the degressive, not progressive, this may well happen here. Mr. Konecnik is constantly decrying the redistribution of his wealth to the lazy, unmotivated, lying in their hammock smoking food stamp cigars, retired and partying on with their unemployment pittance.
And yes, Mr. Konecnik, you are accurate about the redistribution of wealth, but with a slight caveat. During the presidency of Eisenhower, whom I voted for, the disparity between the workers’ pay and that of the owner was 30 to 1. It is now greater than 300 to 1. Wealth has been redistributed
from the middle-class worker to his wealthy employer; 10 times greater than it had been in the ’60s.
Perhaps it was to solve this ever widening income disparity that induced Reagan to come up with his trickle-down economics. There was a personification of his policy in the prologue of the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which no doubt was the inspiration. It was the monkey sequence. A large chimpanzee on a branch is seen urinating down on smaller, helpless chimps, much to their consternation. I was stunned to see how similar their tinkle-down approach was to that of Reagan’s trickle down. Credit where credit is due. The chimp thought of it first.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said, if Congress continues to “gridlock” his agenda, he would invoke his inherent powers and issue executive orders. Shouts of impeachment rang out in the GOP-controlled House!
Laws are made almost exclusively by legislation originated as acts of Congress; such acts are either signed into law by the president or passed into law by Congress after a presidential veto. However, presidents can issue orders, which have the force of law.
All presidents invoked this power except William Henry Harrison, our ninth president. John Adams, James Madison and John Monroe each issued only one. The three highest were Teddy Roosevelt (1,081), Woodrow Wilson (1,803) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (3,522).
Here are samples of presidential orders: Wilson provided conditions for employment for the Panama Canal. John F. Kennedy created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jimmy Carter established the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ronald Reagan created the president’s commission on th
e HIV epidemic. Obama signed on Feb. 12 an executive order that requires federal contractors to raise their minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10, effective in 2015.
Readers, for your information, the numbers of executive orders by our last three presidents are: Bill Clinton (364), George W. Bush (291) — and, for the past five years, Obama (169).
Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante, under fire from some city officials and at least one state lawmaker for making nearly $400,000 a year, told members of the borough’s press corps that he probably works close to 100 hours a week.
Galante makes $392,000 a year as head of the library, a private, nonprofit group that contracts with the city to provide services. His salary was revealed earlier this month by the Daily News, prompting the City Council to hold a hearing and the city comptroller to launch an audit of the library.
An estimated 500,000 people who work in the city and never before had guaranteed paid sick leave soon will, as the City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating that their employers provide it.
Mayor de Blasio, who had championed the measure, the Earned Sick Time Leave Act, quickly issued a statement saying the Council had made history by passing it. The bill was designated Intro-1, the first new law of the year, reflecting its value to the mayor and the Council majority. It passed 46-5.
Officials eye higher fines, lower fines for not shoveling snow
The cost to property owners of not removing snow from sidewalks would go up under a bill before the City Council — and down, but only for some people, under a separate proposal.
If you’ve ever gotten up in the morning and dreaded the idea of going out in the cold or sitting in rush hour traffic, you’ve probably dreamed of working from home. And years ago, that was all it was, a dream.
Rany Batista, 8, left, of Manhattan and Asuah Hall, 6, of Queens employ math and strategy in the game of “Trouble.”
Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday called on the Queens Library to implement several reform measures in light of the controversy over its executive director's salary, benefits, office renovations and outside employment. ... After the board meeting, the library put out another statement from Taussig, saying the members had initiated several reforms, including the elimination of a component in Galante's contract, called the "evergreen clause," that saw it renewed it every year for the next five years.
Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday called on the Queens Library to implement several reform measures in light of the controversy over its executive director's salary, benefits, office renovations and outside employment.
The combination of the press conference for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and Derek Jeter’s announcement that this will be his last season certainly put the spotlight on the Yankees last week. That may be one reason why news of the Mets’ refinancing of a massive loan did not get a lot of play. Nonetheless it is a big story with plenty of troubling implications for Mets fans.
Bloomberg.com sports financial correspondent Kavitha Davidson wrote in her Feb. 6 article that the Mets were on the verge of delaying repayment of a $250 million loan issued by Bank of America for another seven years. Davidson cited New York Post financial columnist Josh Kosman’s Jan. 30 article saying the massive balloon payment was due this spring. Davidson took pains to point out that Kosman wrote that the new loan agreement did not restrict the Mets payroll the way the previous financial agreement did. It’s that aspect of the original covenant that raised my eyebrows.
As a 58-year-old single mom with a chronic illness. I celebrate all the improvements I can look to as a result of the Affordable Care Act. It is mind-boggling that anyone would oppose the protections offered by the ACA. I now know that if I lose my job, I won’t be without health insurance. My pre-existing condition won’t disqualify me and I will not have a lifetime cap on benefits. If I can’t afford the premiums I will get a tax credit that I can take at the time to reduce my payments. All my doctors will still be in my network; in fact, I can get the same plan my employer provides.
Who would want their friends and neighbors to live in fear of one serious illness or accident throwing them into bankruptcy? Who would want the U.S. to remain the only advanced nation that allows people to die for lack of care? Is it not in our own self-interest to provide preventive care now so we save spiraling costs later? Any one of the improvements provided by the ACA should be celebrated. To have them all at once improves the lives of all Americans and those who have not yet enrolled should do so today.
Editor’s note: This letter and the one above it were among four touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act received this week via Organizing for Action. The other writers were Angela Wirbiezcas of Kew Gardens, a freelance violinist with Grave’s disease, and Linden Fried of Flushing, a college student with Crohn’s disease.
See their letters online at qchron.com.