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Tag Archive | "Steve Levy"

State & Local Watch | January 7, 2012

Monday, January 7, 2013

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Kill the Filibuster ... Raise the Minimum Wage ... Why Emulate Europe? ... Suffolk Shouldn't Borrow to Pay Salaries

Steve Levy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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State and Local Watch Let’s Get a Real New York State Oversight Panel Several months ago, I was elated to hear that New York State Comptroller’s office might be calling for a statewide control board to provide tools for local government to deal with the unprecedented fiscal stress that our towns and counties have been […]

Steve Levy: Big Bird and Big Government

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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There was much to talk about after the first Presidential debate on October 3rd. Public polls showed that most believe Romney to be the victor in this first of three debates. There was talk about the President’s sluggishness and Romney’s vigor, but some in the liberal media could not help themselves but to give equal time to a debate within a debate: the fate of Big Bird.

Memo to Executives: Don’t Fear Control Boards

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Steve Levy is President of Common Sense Strategies, a political, governmental and business consulting firm. Mr. Levy served as Suffolk County Executive from 2004 - 2011.

Steve Levy: A Commentary on the selection of Paul Ryan

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has created the desired buzz that comes with such an announcement.

Steve Levy: Suffolk’s PBA Deal Gives US $200,000 Officers

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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The agreement between Suffolk and the PBA is far gloomier for taxpayers than projected in the press thus far. It is stale cake wrapped in a pretty box and a nice bow, and unfortunately, too many have bought the spin without seeing the details. Many get obsessed over process and fawn over politicians and union […]

“The Center for Cost Effective Government” Urges Brookhaven to Pass Redistricting Reform

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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The Center for Cost Effective Government is a not-for-profit entity founded to promote enhanced government efficiency.

NYLR Exclusive Interview: Steve Levy Responds to Grand Jury Report, PART 2

Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Last month a Grand Jury issued a report that was critical of the Suffolk County Ethics Commission. Various comments in that report were attributed by Newsday to have referred to former County Exec Steve Levy. In his second interview on this subject, Steve Levy sat down with the New York Liberty Report to discuss this […]

After Two-year Investigation, Suffolk DA Releases Special Grand Jury Report

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office concluded a two year investigation into the conduct of the Suffolk County Ethics Commission with the release today of a 56-page Special Grand Jury Report accepted for public filing by Supreme Court Justice James Hudson.  CLICK HERE for the Special Grand Jury Report Related Stories: Steve Levy’s Response FiOS […]

Steve Levy Responds to Grand Jury Report

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy issues the following response to the Grand Jury report (released today) on the Suffolk County Ethics Commission: I sought an ethics opinion when a legislator introduced legislation to hamper the closing of the nursing home while his wife worked there, and another over a former deputy who contracted with […]

Steve Levy: State and Local Watch | April 10, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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State and Local Watch A Weekly Column by Steve Levy Long Island Transit Funds. Much has been said of Nassau’s new bus system, NICE, and the occasional cuts implemented on its routes. Let’s not forget Nassau lost a $40 million subsidy from the MTA in 2011. Privatizing the route was a sensible move. It preserved […]

Levy Calls for Investigation into leak, budgeting practices in Babylon

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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After the leak of an internal Bellone administration document questioned the integrity of the previous administration's budgeting process earlier this week, Steve Levy's not only getting mad, he's getting even. The former County Executive is calling for an investigation into County Executive Steve Bellone for his budgeting practices in the Town of Babylon

Levy v. Bellone: Part II

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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STEVE LEVY’S Op/Ed – Part II: THE ULTIMATE IRONY — BELLONE’S IMPROPER BUDGET PRACTICES IN BABYLON The ultimate irony here is that, if there is to be an investigation, it should be of Mr. Bellone’s improper budgeting practices as supervisor of Babylon Town. Mr. Bellone has much to answer for regarding the scathing report from […]

State and Local Watch

Friday, March 23, 2012

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A Weekly Column by Steve Levy Union Leave Debacle:  Much fuss was made over the front page Newsday article about teacher union leaders receiving taxpayer compensation, not to teach, but to lobby for the union.  This should not be shocking to anyone.  When I was looking to implement savings in the county, I looked first […]

Levy: Mangano’s Brave Move, Teacher Evaluation Distraction, Casino Dilemma and more…

Monday, March 19, 2012

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State and Local Watch A Weekly Column by Steve Levy Mangano’s Brave Move: Bravo to the Nassau Executive for resisting the PBA’s scare tactics in removing administrative staff in the eight precincts scattered throughout the county. Nassau has a slightly smaller population than Suffolk with one-third the land mass, yet has one more precinct. Teacher […]

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