(This is a letter from NYS Governor David A. Paterson to all residents of the state.)
This is a winter of reckoning. And I write to you today not only about the state of our State, but also the state of our self-government – a fragile instrument of popular will that is breaking under the will to be popular.
It seems as though the word “change” has become increasingly popular, not only on a national level but also at the state and local levels of government as well. It’s the word that brought the current president into office and it’s the same word that has given us a new county executive.
Consider this a post-script to the letter on globalization.
It must be really nice to give yourself a raise. (Town of Oyster Bay Board Votes to Increase Salaries, Dec. 25 issue).
I am a sophomore at the University of Scranton but I live in Hicksville. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer my freshman year in college. It was the worst news I had ever heard in my entire life. I was three hours away from home and was not sure how to cope with this news. I thought about dropping out of school but instead I chose to fight back. I became involved with Relay for Life on my college campus.
“Tis the Season” has an entirely different meaning for victims/survivors of drunk-driving crashes.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Hicksville for their support and most importantly their vote during the recent fire commissioner elections.
A commander sets the tone for his troops while a teacher sets the tone for the classroom and a pastor sets the tone for his congregation. A good leader sets the tone so even when not present, events run smoothly. Those involved know what is expected of them and are able to accomplish what is necessary in a positive way.
I want to thank all the people who came out and supported me this year. I also want to thank everyone who allowed me to put a campaign sign on their lawn.
This week, the State Senate tackled New York’s budget deficit without tax-hiking mid-year school cuts, enacted much-needed reforms to its pension system, and brought much-needed accountability and transparency to this state’s public authorities.
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