I just got back from vacationing in the Pacific Northwest with some old Long Island friends who had relocated there. The very folks that the summit was concerned about. As I read the recommendations—affordable housing and downtown redevelopment—something bothered me. I agree with them, wholeheartedly, yet I couldn’t help feeling that something was being overlooked.
The per capita cost of health care in the U.S. is the highest of any industrialized nation in the world. According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. ranks 37th in the world in the quality of health care.
We are extremely disappointed with the lifting of the injunction on the expanded bottle bill provisions. Federal Judge Batts’ decision last week to immediately implement the terms of expansion as described in the governor’s budget will create nothing short of chaos in the marketplace.
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America, several artists joined together to produce a soft cover book entitled 9/11: Artists Respond. The book of graphic art showcases the artists’ responses to the terror that befell the world. One nine-frame piece by Jeph Loeb and Scott Campbell entitled “Please Stand By…” features a girl of about eight years of age watching cartoons on television. By the third and fourth frames, the image on the screen changes to a live feed of the Twin Towers ablaze. As the little girl stands transfixed, stuffed animal in hand and her face less than 12 inches from the screen, the commentator announces, “We interrupt this program to take you live…” the little girl turns away and calls, “Mommy…” The next three frames show her mother dropping a basket of laundry. Then, with her face contorted in anguish, the mother embraces her daughter to shield her from the unrelenting images. The final frame is a close-up of the little girl asking, “Mommy, when are the cartoons gonna come back on?”
Burdened as we on Long Island are by high energy costs and dirty air, we should applaud the recent passage by the House of Representatives of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). ACES sets forth clean energy and efficiency goals for America to achieve - goals that have already been reached and surpassed by other countries around the world. The release of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum products, and even “clean” natural gas) has started a process of rapid global climate change.
One of the complications of cirrhosis can be the development of hepatic encephalopathy. This may manifest as full-blown disorientation or stupor but there are also subtle changes that can occur. Difficulty sleeping, problems with short-term memory and the inability to answer seemingly simple questions such as simple math or spelling may be signs of a problem.
This summer I sponsored and passed legislation in Nassau County that protects children on the Internet by banning all convicted sex offenders from social networking and Internet dating websites. Working closely with nationally renowned advocacy groups Parents For Megan’s Law & the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect we were able to pass this important legislation to provide a safer environment for our children to surf the Internet. While researching this legislation it became apparent how dangerous a place the Internet can be for unsupervised children. Sexual predators are using the Internet and websites like MySpace and Facebook to prey on children. They are also using online dating services like Match.com to identify single mothers to exploit their children.
On July 22, I held a forum with Nassau’s “Next Generation” of current and former residents between the ages of 20-35 to discuss the county’s future. Some of these young adults currently reside in Nassau, and some have moved away, to places nearby like New York City, and even as far as Switzerland. It was a great opportunity for all of us to discuss Nassau County’s future and how to attract young professionals like themselves to Nassau.
Aqua-New York Water customers now have a way to fight Aqua-New York Water’s plan to raise the average monthly bill by 12 percent.
To make sure that Aqua-New York Water customers have the chance to speak publicly on this issue, I urged the New York State Public Service Commission to hold public hearings within the community. The PSC, which must approve this rate increase before it takes effect, has agreed and will be holding two local public hearings:
Have you ever wondered why some of your favorite small stores ask you not to use your credit card for low-dollar purchases? It has to do with a huge, hidden credit card fee that costs Americans $48 billion a year – more than annual fees, late fees and over-the-limit fees combined.
Unless you’re a retailer, you’ve probably never heard of it, but it’s costing you and us money on everything we buy, whether you use plastic or not. And it’s crippling thousands of Long Island small businesses, even as they’re already struggling to survive this economy.
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