2008-05-02 / Letters

Stifle Inventiveness And Thwart Progress

Dear Editor,

You want to stifle inventiveness and thwart progress?

No problem, elect 'progressive' politicians and empower liberals. No finer example exists than our very own Empire State...First to Tax - - Last to Hire.

Our new Governor addressed the Association for a Better New York the other day to make the point that 30% of NY's college graduates emigrate every year...young black grads, young white grads, men & women...all pass our borders to further their careers and their lives elsewhere. Governor Paterson continued that there are 640 public NY State agencies, but only 11 of them are held accountable, even though they consume billions of tax dollars annually.

Speaking of government agencies here to help, last week's New York Times reported that The Adirondack Park Agency was suing an upstate organic farmer. Mr. Lewis, you see, decided to build comfortable and energy-efficient homes for his hired help (most local farmers utilize mobile homes for their help).

His transgression...he went to the town board to get permits for his foundation-structures, but the Adirondack Park Agency hauled him into court and slapped him with a $50,000 fine for not petitioning them first. The Times points out that never has the Adirondack Park Agency ever fined anyone for this type activity, and in 30 years has only issued two such home permits. And so, attorneys for the Park Agency, attorneys for Essex County, attorneys for the State Department of Aging and attorneys for Mr. Lewis battle over three farm-worker homes, as Mr. Lewis sits and stews. But this, of course, pales to our downstate legislature, where attorneys for Speaker Quinn, attorneys for the NYC Council, attorneys for the Feds, and possibly soon the NYC Comptroller and 50 attorneys for all 50 council members dispute and discover how tax-payer money was actually disbursed (or rewarded, as the case may be).

Upset with the Albany scandals and our Empire State's stagnation, The NY Times editorialized Saturday "The ballot box is still the best form of term limits. So, here is how to change Albany: find and support somebody daring and thick-skinned enough to run against the local legislator. And right now is the time to find challengers, especially for members of the Assembly. Albany's stagnation is at its worst there."

I'm delighted to note that here indeed in Rockaway (that is, the 23rd Assembly District) an energetic, fresh, bright, quick-witted and eloquent guy has heard this very call and is challenging our 20-year incumbent. Gerald Sullivan will fight to pass Governor Paterson's reforms and cuts; or, if worse comes to worse, will hold the Governor's feet to the fire of his Better Government remarks and promises.

Progress, please, and enough with 'progressive politics'...

PETE STUBBEN

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