Former Deputy County Deputy Executive Bijoy Datta was cited for doing outside consulting work without receiving written permission. Recently Datta resigned from his Deputy Executive job and County Executive Preston did not replace him. Which leaves us with the question; what was his job? Maybe he kept track of the jewelry sales being made by the County Executive to other county employees on their break. Jewelry is no longer sold at work.


The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Excerpted from a TIME Magazine Article

Ferguson is not just about systemic racism — it’s about class warfare and how America’s poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in some future grad student’s thesis on Civil Unrest in the Early Twenty-First Century? Read the rest of this entry »

More Selected Shorts

The NFL Taxpayer Hustle

The National Football League has not-for-profit status. Taxpayers provide the funds for the stadiums, and anti-trust laws do not apply to the NFL broadcast deals with the TV and radio networks. The TV deals are worth about $7 billion per year and the NFL’s total revenue is approximately $10 billion yearly. In 2011 the NFL paid $60 million to its five highest executives. These executives hope to raise the NFL’s annual revenue to $25 billion in 16 years. Most of that increase will come from increased cost to fans who subscribe to cable and satellite TV providers. Read the rest of this entry »

START-UP Corporatization

By BB Shell

Governor Cuomo officially launched the beginning of START-UP New York early this year citing the intent to “revive” upstate New York by bringing in new businesses, and to create jobs for hundreds if not thousands of people. START-UP New York’s “SUNY Tax-Free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate NY,” allows new and expanding businesses to operate tax-free, including employee income tax, for ten years after opening in New York State. Read the rest of this entry »

NYS Public Service Department Replies

Following is a transcribed version of a letter sent to _________ by the State of New York Department of Public Service. The letter’s content is reprinted here to demonstrate that we, the community, have the power to win against big companies like the Iberdrola owned NYSEG, and provide readers with important insights into getting justice from NYSEG. Certain details have been left out to protect the identity of the NYSEG’s victim. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Conditions at Work Harming You or Your Co-Workers?

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Andrew J Pragacz

Starting June 7th rail companies in New York State, must supply information about trains carrying North Dakota Bakken oil, to the State government. Thanks to this rule change we now know that between 20 and 35 trains a week carry this special type of oil through upstate New York and the Hudson Valley. The number of cars is unknown, but there can be over 100 cars per oil train.   Bakken oil is unlike other crude oils; crude oil being composed of all manner of fuels and tars, that typically travel in rail cars known by name DOT 111. The Bakken crude oil, produced largely through fracking, according to one newspaper is “more volatile and more similar to jet fuel than traditional crude oil.” Read the rest of this entry »