Levy State of the County speech targets economic woes

Jan 30, 2009 Read more: Newsday
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy , in his state of the county message last night, jawboned lawmakers to clamp down on spending and revisit the controversial plan to sell the county nursing home in order to ... Read more
Rich

Lakeland, FL

#1 Jan 30, 2009
At least Levy is not afraid to stand up there and be the bad guy. All the Legislators want is more for their areas and cut everywhere else. Don't take away from the unions because we need their vote. Suck it up fellas times are going to be tough for a while. You have to CUT CUT CUT in order to survive. The feds are going to be creating a big enough defecit, we don't need more of a deficit here in Suffolk.
Levy Lifesaver

Yorktown Heights, NY

#2 Jan 30, 2009
I find it somewhat ironic that the very legislators who suggest that Mr. Levy hasn’t supplied a road map to deal with our national economic turmoil, are the very one’s who continue to berate him for attempting to take control of their wasteful spending. Hey legislators, weren’t you listening to him in his address, he made it clear that the only way one can survive in these times is by protecting the taxpayer’s of Suffolk County at all costs. The fact that the sales tax revenue decrease has led to the biggest shortfall in county history, doesn’t require a color coded Hagstrom to tell you that any further burden to Suffolk’s residence would only worsen that situation.

As for Mr. Alden and his contention that because Mr. Levy didn’t mention that the persecution of immigrants in Suffolk County should not be tolerated somehow lends credibility to the notion that he doesn’t care, is like saying that because he also never stated that those who continue to sell narcotics to elementary students will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, means he somehow supports that activity as well… Mr. Alden, get real.

What is just as absurd is that Mr. Lindsay has now placed his entire political future on the continuing of a failed county run nursing home. Or, is it because he actually has a bed reserved for himself in the not to distant future?

But what is most disturbing, and hopefully has become obvious as well, is that Cheryl Felice, president of the Association of Municipal Employees has one agenda, and that is to take as much money from the taxpayers as possible in the form of dividend to her rank and file union members that she is beholden to in her illustrious quest for re-election. That’s it… that’s her function. If she could, she would unionize your living room as long as she can collect dues.

Unlike Congressman Bishop, and Israel, who have just voted themselves pay raises, knowing full well that we continue to loose jobs in this country at an alarming rate, nearly 60, 000 per week, Levy leads by example. How, by not only refusing a pay raise, but by actually lowering his own salary unlike Bishop and Israel. Tell me, whom do you trust most in this equation?
OneOfTheLittlePe ople

Yorktown Heights, NY

#3 Jan 30, 2009
Those taxpayers who believe every County employee leads the life of luxury should check the pay scale of titles other than Elected Offical or Police Officer. We are taxpayers, too. We have families to support as well. We're not living on Easy Street by any stretch of the imagination. Since County government began, we have always received low salary compared to private industry. The 'plus' was our employee benefits. Those have been chipped away bit by bit, as has our morale & pride. A little gratitude for the little people, please!
Levy Lifesaver wrote:
I find it somewhat ironic that the very legislators who suggest that Mr. Levy hasn’t supplied a road map to deal with our national economic turmoil, are the very one’s who continue to berate him for attempting to take control of their wasteful spending. Hey legislators, weren’t you listening to him in his address, he made it clear that the only way one can survive in these times is by protecting the taxpayer’s of Suffolk County at all costs. The fact that the sales tax revenue decrease has led to the biggest shortfall in county history, doesn’t require a color coded Hagstrom to tell you that any further burden to Suffolk’s residence would only worsen that situation.
As for Mr. Alden and his contention that because Mr. Levy didn’t mention that the persecution of immigrants in Suffolk County should not be tolerated somehow lends credibility to the notion that he doesn’t care, is like saying that because he also never stated that those who continue to sell narcotics to elementary students will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, means he somehow supports that activity as well… Mr. Alden, get real.
What is just as absurd is that Mr. Lindsay has now placed his entire political future on the continuing of a failed county run nursing home. Or, is it because he actually has a bed reserved for himself in the not to distant future?
But what is most disturbing, and hopefully has become obvious as well, is that Cheryl Felice, president of the Association of Municipal Employees has one agenda, and that is to take as much money from the taxpayers as possible in the form of dividend to her rank and file union members that she is beholden to in her illustrious quest for re-election. That’s it… that’s her function. If she could, she would unionize your living room as long as she can collect dues.
Unlike Congressman Bishop, and Israel, who have just voted themselves pay raises, knowing full well that we continue to loose jobs in this country at an alarming rate, nearly 60, 000 per week, Levy leads by example. How, by not only refusing a pay raise, but by actually lowering his own salary unlike Bishop and Israel. Tell me, whom do you trust most in this equation?

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