Levy signs executive order to cut back county spending

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Reacting to plummeting sales tax receipts, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy signed an executive order Thursday directing budget aides to keep departments from spending 10 percent of its non-mandated money to ... Read more
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Are you kidding me

Nashua, NH

#1 Jan 15, 2009
Hey Steve, if you think that tax revenues especially sales tax revenues are going to rise you'd better think again. People, at least the smart ones, are going to be spending less and watching every penny. Cutting back is the right thing to do and don't stop there. There are plenty of places that money is spent uselessly. Keep on looking.
anonymous

Bay Shore, NY

#3 Jan 16, 2009
I hope he also holds back a raise for himself
S Carton

North Babylon, NY

#4 Jan 16, 2009
anonymous wrote:
I hope he also holds back a raise for himself
He declines his raise every year.
RTL

Bronxville, NY

#5 Jan 16, 2009
I hope that County Executive Tom Suozzi does the same.
Balto

Norwalk, CT

#6 Jan 16, 2009
You'll never see this in Nassau - Tommy Boy has too many patronage hacks to feed at the public trough.

Nassau taxes are going up and with the state cuts the school budgets are going to skyrocket. The people here wanted lefty lib Dems top to bottom and now they're going to pay for it until it hurts real bad.
S Carton

North Babylon, NY

#7 Jan 16, 2009
RTL wrote:
I hope that County Executive Tom Suozzi does the same.
Last year he took a $60,000/yr pay raise. For this year he gave up another $6,500 increase. What a guy!
Oy Vey

Glen Cove, NY

#8 Jan 16, 2009
Schtup da poisekushun!
http://www.wvwnews.net/printer.php...
New York Corruption Inc

Lindenhurst, NY

#9 Jan 16, 2009
Now if County Executive Levy can get all the members of the Suffolk County Legislature from RAISING TAXES and refrain from their long-standing record of UNLIMITED SPENDING and feeding at the public trough - start living within your means, Suffolk County Legislature!!!!! Any chance of this happening, even in these dire economic times? Don't bet on it - many of these career political hacks haven't seen a tax hike they didn't like...

THE CORRUPTION AND INCOMPETENCE CONTINUES...
Corrupt Govt

Oceanside, NY

#10 Jan 16, 2009
Isnt this guy amazing? He does anything he wants and whenever he is questioned it quickly disappears because he has Newsday, News 12 and the PC in his pocket. He hates Immigrants and law enforcement, and will run Suffolk into the ground and be onto his next venture by the time he is finished. Not all people can police themselves. They drive like maniacs, and think every road they are on belongs to them and everyone else is meaningless and just in the way. In a time when we should have an increased police presence and more tickets being issued to these reckless drivers who dont care that you are driving out there with your family in the car, isnt it wonderful that we have screwballs like Steve Levy taking our police off the roads!
MLK day

Hackettstown, NJ

#11 Jan 16, 2009
He has to sign an order to save money????? I thought this should be the standard operating procedure.

P.S. The snow plows came down my Cul-de-sac 6 times AFTER the snow already stopped. How much is spent on materials and Overtime for tis clown to throw salt ontop of salt???
tired of it

Hackettstown, NJ

#12 Jan 16, 2009
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
I wish the headline read "Levy signs executive order permitting citizens to kill illegal immigrants".
Well, maybe he can spend some money there by putting a Bounty on any Illegal. It would be worth the spending. Pay $500 per Illegal and save that many times over in the Town Food shelters and English Second Language Teachers.
uhuh

Queens Village, NY

#13 Jan 16, 2009
Corrupt Govt wrote:
Isnt this guy amazing? He does anything he wants and whenever he is questioned it quickly disappears because he has Newsday, News 12 and the PC in his pocket. He hates Immigrants and law enforcement, and will run Suffolk into the ground and be onto his next venture by the time he is finished. Not all people can police themselves. They drive like maniacs, and think every road they are on belongs to them and everyone else is meaningless and just in the way. In a time when we should have an increased police presence and more tickets being issued to these reckless drivers who dont care that you are driving out there with your family in the car, isnt it wonderful that we have screwballs like Steve Levy taking our police off the roads!
Screwball? Oh please, he REPLACES the over-paid SCPD with county sheriffs who do the work for A LOT LESS. You could put a cop every mile on every road way, it is not going to stop those that drive like maniacs. Perhaps if the SCPD didn't get their automatic raises everyear, there would not have to be such drastic measures.

Steve Levy also declines his annual raises....I'm surprised that does not come out in the PBA ads that run on the radio. Anyone that listens to ONE WORD the PBA says also must not possess a shred of common sense. THE PBA is out for one thing, themeselves. Behind the school districts, they are #2 in what is strangling Long Island

He does not like ILLEGAL immigrants, as ANYONE with a shred of COMMON SENSE should realize if you are not here legally, you are clearly NOT paying FULL taxes and you are sucking the system DRY (see the state of CA, see healthcare/hospitals going under because illegals use them as a walk-in clinic). IF YOU CANNOT COME HERE LEGALLY THEN DON'T COME AT ALL.
uhuh

Queens Village, NY

#14 Jan 16, 2009
MLK day wrote:
He has to sign an order to save money????? I thought this should be the standard operating procedure.
P.S. The snow plows came down my Cul-de-sac 6 times AFTER the snow already stopped. How much is spent on materials and Overtime for tis clown to throw salt ontop of salt???
Here's a thought, when one gives budget money to an agency, do you NOT think they look to spend EVERY dime, otherwise 'next year' they cannot ask for as much. SO, by him mandating a 10% cut in spending on already approved budgets for non-mandatory spending, he is essentialy saying "I know you were given XX amount of money, but whatever is NOT MANDATORY SPENDING, you MUST cut back 10%.

I fail to see how that is a problem? Do you think the any agency would voluntarily CUT back on spending? THEY have NO incentive to do so, and if they did, then the next year it would be clear as glass that they did not need as much money as they claim.

Unbelievable, he is getting criticized for mandating a cut in spending based on a decrease in tax revenue.

I'm also pretty sure Levy has nothing to do with your local highway department spreading salt/plowing, if you don't like it call them. I'm also sure if they didn't come, you'd complain that 'for all the taxes you pay, how come my cul-de-sac was not plowed/salted'.

Some people would complain if they won the mega-millions, I believe many of them are on this post.
uhuh

Queens Village, NY

#15 Jan 16, 2009
tired of it wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, maybe he can spend some money there by putting a Bounty on any Illegal. It would be worth the spending. Pay $500 per Illegal and save that many times over in the Town Food shelters and English Second Language Teachers.
Love the idea...Now I'm sure some illegal-loving pansy will come on saying that is racist failing to explain how 'illegal' is a race.

I think he should require banks to take a 30% cut of ALL money wired to Mexico and central/south America. That money will make up for the obvious fact (unless you were left off the common sense line) that illegals work for cash and therefore do not pay INCOME tax.
Paying Attention

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Jan 16, 2009
New York Corruption Inc wrote:
Now if County Executive Levy can get all the members of the Suffolk County Legislature from RAISING TAXES and refrain from their long-standing record of UNLIMITED SPENDING and feeding at the public trough - start living within your means, Suffolk County Legislature!!!!! Any chance of this happening, even in these dire economic times? Don't bet on it - many of these career political hacks haven't seen a tax hike they didn't like...
THE CORRUPTION AND INCOMPETENCE CONTINUES...
That's probably why he didn't show the order to the legislature before implementing it. I say "good job" I was also very pleased to see he did not take his raise. I hadn't known that.
Paying Attention

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Jan 16, 2009
uhuh wrote:
<quoted text>
Love the idea...Now I'm sure some illegal-loving pansy will come on saying that is racist failing to explain how 'illegal' is a race.
I think he should require banks to take a 30% cut of ALL money wired to Mexico and central/south America. That money will make up for the obvious fact (unless you were left off the common sense line) that illegals work for cash and therefore do not pay INCOME tax.
Seriously, I like that idea....run it by Levy and everyone else. Surely we could pass a new law within our county. An additional tax on all monies transferred out of the country.(not just one country. We have to be fair now right? Definitely sound sgood to me.)
joseb

Lynbrook, NY

#19 Jan 16, 2009
I wish I had Steve Levy for a County Executive, instead I got the Low life - Illegal Alien Lover - Thomass Suozzi.

Steve Levy you are doing a great job, keep up the great work and don't listen to any of the drones out there.
Just another Screwball

Oceanside, NY

#20 Jan 16, 2009
uhuh wrote:
<quoted text>
Screwball? Oh please, he REPLACES the over-paid SCPD with county sheriffs who do the work for A LOT LESS. You could put a cop every mile on every road way, it is not going to stop those that drive like maniacs. Perhaps if the SCPD didn't get their automatic raises everyear, there would not have to be such drastic measures.
Steve Levy also declines his annual raises....I'm surprised that does not come out in the PBA ads that run on the radio. Anyone that listens to ONE WORD the PBA says also must not possess a shred of common sense. THE PBA is out for one thing, themeselves. Behind the school districts, they are #2 in what is strangling Long Island
He does not like ILLEGAL immigrants, as ANYONE with a shred of COMMON SENSE should realize if you are not here legally, you are clearly NOT paying FULL taxes and you are sucking the system DRY (see the state of CA, see healthcare/hospitals going under because illegals use them as a walk-in clinic). IF YOU CANNOT COME HERE LEGALLY THEN DON'T COME AT ALL.
Suffolk Sheriffs make a lot less!! You are clueless! Suffolk Sheriffs make more than 3 times the amount of overtime than any other dept in the county and are always at the top of the countys highest paid employees every year! Every year!! They are blowing their budget out of the water and are asking for more Sheriffs because they cannot handle their duties! When it gets too busy on the highways they pull sheriffs from other assignments leaving those other assignments unfinished.
You could put a cop every mile on the road and still have crazy drivers! I guess youre different than the rest of us tuff guy, I see cops on the road and I slow down. And judging from all the brake lights so does everyone else. I know some Levy loving commie will dispute my post and say its all lies in the Levy lying tradition, but that is to be expected in this rag! Most likely it will be Levy himself or one of his lackies! Or one of the 2 Sheriffs that actually want to be highway cops.
S Carton

North Babylon, NY

#21 Jan 17, 2009
Newly hired Dep. sheriff's are held to FLSA overtime minimums. I won't go into the specifics, but it's is a lot cheaper for the county than paying labor agreement OT requirements.
trooper

East Islip, NY

#22 Jan 17, 2009
How many newly hired deputies are held to FLSA OT minimums?

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