Here’s a glance at opinion content published today’s editions of The Journal News:
Larry Schwartz: Editorial
We comment on news that Larry Schwartz, a former aide to Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano and former Gov. David Paterson, has been named Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s secretary. We write:
… One area where Schwartz did not deliver for Cuomo or taxpayers is unfunded mandates. He led a task force whose initial recommendations offered little hope of producing immediate savings for taxpayers, schools or local governments. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy called the report of the Mandate Relief Redesign Team “78 pages of nothing.”
In actuality, the panel outlined a handful of recommendations that would save taxpayers billions of dollars, but mostly off in the distant future — doubtless an inconvenient truth for critics like Levy. Schwartz’s panel called for a new pension tier — Tier 6 — to address budget-breaking pension costs down the road, which won’t help school officials and local government leaders struggling to face immediate fiscal demands and realities, such as the 2 percent cap on annual property tax increases. The tax cap kicks in Jan. 1.
The governor last week essentially told critics of the cap — they include Democrats and Republicans alike — to deal with it. The reality is, Cuomo and his new secretary will need to deal with it, too. Some fixes only Albany can make. In any case, we like our chances better with Larry Schwartz in the fray.
Derek Jeter: Reisman
Phil Reisman weighs in on Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit and Christian Lopez, the Yankees fan who caught the home-run ball and returned it to the Bronx Bombers’ captain.
Here’s a glance at what our colleagues are saying today:
Debt limit offers a chance to lead: Editorial, Albany Times Union
President and Speaker must resolve differences: Editorial, Daily News
Upgrade prescription tacking: Editorial, Newsday