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Arbitration Questions Stand In Way Of Change

May 19, 2013

At first blush, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to help financially struggling cities sounds good....

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May-19-13 9:22 PM

I disagree that a shrinking tax base is the reason. It's the public pensions and benefits along with vast increases to those on the public dole as well as the vast abuse of Medicaid. I don't see Cuomo's wanting to spend money on studies as anything more than kicking the can down the road while appearing to be doing something. Why spend millions on studies that will continue until long after Cuomo is out of office when the solution is quite obvious but just as obvious in its political unattractiveness.

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May-19-13 9:13 PM

The editorial inadvertantly touches on an important fact. When all the businesses left our area in the 60's 70's and 80's to move to the south where they were offered unrealistic incentives to move there, it left the rest of us holding the bag. The tax base declined substantially yet the services essentially remained the same. As a result taxes took a jump to make up the difference.

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May-19-13 11:50 AM

This is probably the best editorial I have read in this newspaper in a long, long time.

As to Howard's comment it has nothing to do with "backbone" but as the editorial said so effectively, everything to do with the rule and constricting impact of bad state laws that have been in existence for generations.

Change the laws as the editorial says (and as alot of folks are now working towards), take the shackles off of local government and let the progress begin.

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May-19-13 10:08 AM

How about doing something about welfare reform...get rid of the free handouts!

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May-19-13 9:30 AM

There were no escape clauses in those contracts? Fire those lawyers immediately. Hire articulate lawyers to get out of that muddled embarrassing paperwork. Get some backbone, Mr. Mayor, that is what you were hired to do.

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May-19-13 9:00 AM

Must have a sub filling in at the editor's desk today

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May-19-13 4:14 AM

Excellent editorial! We must think two steps ahead of the game to survive,

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