Local Government

vote for a new government

I suggest that come nov. you think of the words corruption and incombent. Vote for a new kind of person one who is not yet in the thick of

things in Albany. Make NY a new place to live. You certainly can't comfortably live here now

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State Operations

DRUG TESTING FOR WELFARE RECIPIENTS

Mandatory drug testing in order to collect welfare checks is something I'd like to see. And why not implement the same idea as WIC program does for food stamps? You are only allowed to buy what is EXACTLY printed on the voucher. I can't tell you how many times I'm standing behind someone on state aid with steak, chips, pop and other JUNK in their carts while I'm buying ground chuck!! I've paid taxes for over 30 ...more »

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Public Policy

Solution to Food Stamps

Allow the food stamp credits to be used ONLY on foods that are not taxed. Like fruits, vegetables and necessary beverages like milk.

It will curb wasteful spending for unhealthy foods that simply lead to lower healthy quality and increased health care expenses which are likely subsidized by taxpayers also.

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Local Government

Welfare

Force welfare recipients to "volunteer" a certain number of hours to improve their community in order to get their check. Even though they receive a check each month they will feel that they are working for free and many will go out and get a real job.

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Local School Savings

Stop Unnecessary School Spending Just Because It's Always Been Done That Way

Really take a hard look at school spending and start implementing changes from the top down. There is so much waste in public schools that it is beyond comprehension. I do in fact work in a public school system and know first hand what I am talking about. No one likes to see lay-offs but sometimes they are the way to reduce unnecessary spending. Having been laid off twice from a school position I also know what I ...more »

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Local Government

Lower the amount of money given to people on welfare

Lower the amount of money given to people on welfare. people are making a living on having multiple children and us tax payers are paying for their food, houses, daycare ..ect. for being in a budget crisis cut these people off or do a better job at seeing who really needs it.

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Transparency

waisted top heavy departments

cut down on high paid administrators in all state depts.first of all there are plenty of mid to high level supervisors who actually know whats going on.in the dept of corrections for example..you have sergents above them lieutenants and captains. sergeants are first line and lieutenants are the shift commanders overseeing almost everything.the 3 deputy superintendents and superintendents are not at all vital..some of ...more »

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State Operations

Taxation and TAX CAP

We desperately need both a property tax cap, and reformation of the way we distribute our school tax burden. We must be innovative and follow other lower tax states examples on how to provide quality education, while simultaneously lowering our insane tax burden. The time for both property tax relief, and reform is now. I am sure most suggestions will revolve around those principles.

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NYS vehicle fleet

Reduce the fleet of NYS government cars by 85%. No one needs to use one to drive to work every day. The other should be put in a pool for legitimate use.

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OUTSOURCING OF NYS JOBS

Question: Why am I sitting at my desk in NY State sending a Teacher Questionnaire and a student IEP to NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Division of Diability Determination TO: PO BOX 8783, LONDON, KENTUCKY???????????

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split New York into two states

I suggest you file for insolvency then split the state into two states with New York City being a state unto itself an the rest to revert back to the original name of New Amsterdam making it the 51st state.

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Local School Savings

Universal Pre K Program

I suggest that you delete the Universal Pre-K program from the budget or change the parameters. When this program began it was intended to allow lower income families to get free tuition at preschools. Now, the program is open to everyone, regardless of income, and must be done by a lottery system. Therefore, the family making a ton of money has the same chance to get a slot as the low income family who really needs ...more »

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State Operations

Stop state agencies from holding useless meetings

I recently retired from the State. Every year the State agency for which I worked would hold a 3 day conclave for middle and upper management (Grade25's and above) at West Point. Their stay at a local hotel and their meals were all paid for by the Taxpayers. They would spend their time listening to motivational and inspirational speakers who were also paid for by the taxpayers. These lectures were overgeneralized, had ...more »

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Responses to these posts

Find a daring politician to actually respond to these posts. Lack of response shows just how backwards the gov't is. If there is no response, why did taxpayers pay for this website?

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GET RID OF PERKS

What is a SUPERINTENDENT who is making well over 100,000 a year doing driving a state vehicle to and from work? YOU CAN AFFORD YOUR OWN CAR, GAS, INS., AND MAINTANANCE! I HAVE TO DO IT MAKING 30,000 A YEAR!

just now

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State Operations

boot the fat!

get rid of superintendants in the state prisons...have 1 hub super. that covers all of them..they dont do much other than look for reasons to discipline employees to justify their existance,and they make 125,000 - 160,000 each..there are approx. 70 of them...do the math its a no brainer. the captains, Lts and Sgts dont need them.

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Local Government

change

Keep in mind, no matter what party you are with. We might have to think Tea Party come Nov.

Change has got to happen

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Local School Savings

straight talk...or WALK!

i suggest you do something here in this forum to show the taxpayers and newyorkers that you are serious about wanting change.governor, comptrollor,or someone...can you please give us a list of what youv done in state agencies so far to change or to be more transparent. just because we have this tool does not mean it can still all be swept under the carpet....what has changed???? what suggestions have you used????

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Local Government

CHILD SUPPORT

Implement a work program for deadbeat parents in suffolk county ny, so taxpayers dont get stuck footing the bill for off the books employed deadbeat parents.

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Local School Savings

TAXES

Education should be funded at the state level. School taxes, as well as local property taxes must be capped in order for new york state to remain competitive. We must see how other states control their tax situations, and become a leader in innovative taxing solutions. New York State must cut their state spending dramatically, but more than anything we need meaningful tax reform immediately. Record numbers of New Yorker's ...more »

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YOUR FIRED!

all you poloticians should start looking for work now because your about to be unemployed..maybe then you will see what new yorkers and americans are going thru because of all your years of corruption and greed. amen!

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Transparency

self absorbed poloicians

i suggest you poloticians stop feeding your own egos with your never ending hunger for power and greed and start thinking about our young people who arnt going to have a future because of all of you.dems and repubs. your all the same.these young people in their late 20s and early 30s are acting like we did at 18. they party and live at home with mommy and daddy when they should have already been putting into the system ...more »

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State Operations

politicians grow up

i was raised that if you dont have anything to say good to say about someone keep your mouth shut. i think the way the polticians say things about each other is foolish. And very immature. why not work things out together instead against. we would probably get out of this mess that we are in.

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