It is already March and for the Hamptons’ real estate-driven economy— where the only form of financial engine pays for everything from summer rentals, to hamburgers, to newspapers— desperation has begun to set in.
Election rumors in the Town of Southampton are heating up. Between missing money (that no one can seem to find) and the implosion underway in the economy, it will take clean hands and moral strength to pull the Hamptons through this storm.
On Monday, March 16, 2009 at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, the Council will hold a hearing on a package of legislation designed to preserve and protect our City's affordable housing supply. By participating in this hearing and speaking out on the need to strengthen rent protections, you can help us send a clear message to Albany that control over rental housing must be returned to our City's leaders.
Assembly Member Deborah Glick and State Senators Tom Duane and Daniel Squadron recently sent an excellent letter supporting a proposal to spend $57 million of federal “stimulus” funding on Pier 40 infrastructure repair. Now they need our help to persuade others to approve this essential work.
I don’t really consider myself an activist in the traditional sense. But for as long as I can remember, I have been civic minded. I like to think of the city as the vessel of civilization; it is our privilege - and duty - as citizens to invent culture, foster the arts, establish and maintain economies.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Tibet's fight for independence. The Dalai Lama, like hundreds of thousands of his countymen, has been in exile ever since. Along the way, over a million Tibetans have been killed by the Chinese government.
The Republicans recently discovered a new left-wing plot. C-Span asked more than 60 American historians to rate our presidents, repeating a poll that was held in 2000. Their results placed Bush II at number 36, behind Herbert Hoover and only slightly above Warren Harding—who spent a good deal of time playing poker—and William Henry Harrison, who died one month into his presidency.