For many years New York state had a reputation of being openly hostile to business. Thinking outside of the box was not in the government handbook. The business culture is beginning to change under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
New York has seen remarkable growth in its entrepreneurial economy. But as this economy expands, we haven't done enough to ensure that working class New Yorkers benefit from growth that offers them a pipeline to the middle class.
"I came here to spend money!" exclaimed a visitor to the recent Long Island Boat Show. She told me that she received her first raise in three years and she was embarking on a one-woman operation to help our local economy.
The nation's current crisis mirrors the situation 36 years ago when New York City teetered near financial collapse, unable to borrow from a banking community that correctly believed the city was broke.
Putnam Valley is hurting, and unless I choose to remain willfully ignorant of reality, I can't help but notice. We can and ought to do something to revitalize our town center and help people get back on their feet.
Just as I was anticipating a 2012 repeat of the thrilling 2008 Super Bowl win, I instead face a season bereft of Eli Manning, and a situation that looks eerily similar to the chronicles of corporate greed.
The Parks Department has proposed new rules that would lead to a 75-80% reduction in art vendors in Union Square Park, Central Park, and Battery Park. More than 100 people are expected to lose their jobs.