New York State’s 60% “supermajority” requirement to override the new property tax cap is constitutional. Sixteen state constitutions require supermajority votes for any tax increase, and have lower taxes as a result.
The “property tax cap” just passed by the New York State Legislature is a good and important step in the right direction that was much needed. However, there are many ways that local governments and school districts can skirt around the new annual tax cap. Taxpayers will need to vigilantly watch attempts to override the tax cap, and make sure that the new Mandate Relief Council actively works to further reduce unnecessary mandates that drive up local government costs and our taxes.
This 2-part article examines Obama’s awful May 19, 2011 “1967 borders” speech about the Middle East. Obama’s speech was even worse than many people realize; the dangerous, insecure pre-1967 borders (the 1949 Armistice lines) were only a “first step” in the concessions Obama demanded from Israel – just after terrorist organization Hamas and the Palestinian Authority entered into a unity agreement, multiplying the dangers Israel faces. Obama’s May 19 speech also reflected Obama’s longstanding anti-Israel policy (the so-called Arab Peace Initiative which demands that Israel give up everything in return for nothing). The article also explains how Obama’s policy is much worse than the policy of the prior (Bush) administration.
The recent hazing tragedy at Cornell reminds all parents to remind their children to act responsibly, to avoid hazing and alcohol abuse, and to remember that some students are very susceptible to harm.
In recent months, a number of professors and others have given interesting speeches at local synagogues. This article, about a talk by Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith, the mayor of the town of Itamar, Israel, and his wife Leah, at Great Neck Synagogue, is the first in my series of discussions/critiques about these local synagogue talks. Itamar is the town where Palestinian terrorists recently brutally slaughtered a Jewish family, including a 3-month-old baby girl and two young boys. As the town’s mayor explained, the Palestinian attack was highly planned. Israel’s retention of Itamar and similar towns is essential to Israel’s security.
The proposed New York State property tax cap merely limits the rate of increase in local property taxes to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, and would merely prevent unnecessarily large increases in local budgets. Local spending is already significant and sufficient to assure Great Neck’s continuing high-quality facilities, especially since budgets may continue to increase modestly under the property tax cap proposal.
Great Neck resident Jeffrey Weisenfeld, a member of the City of New York Board of Trustees, deserves praise for bravely standing up at the CUNY Trustees’ meeting to oppose giving an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner. Kushner’s extreme, vicious, false anti-Israel views and screenplay, described in this article, made Kushner unworthy of an honorary degree.