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05/01/17 6:00am
05/01/2017 6:00 AM

To the editor:

Your readers are naturally engaged with the debate over the proposed sale of EPCAL land to Luminati.

We do not as a coalition of civic and neighborhood associations take a position on the Luminati sale. However, we believe it is essential that the letter of intent and any other agreement or contract with Luminati must explicitly forbid housing construction at EPCAL now or in the future. READ

03/25/17 6:00am
03/25/2017 6:00 AM

A wave of panic rushed through my body as my co-worker handed me his cell phone. My mind raced through all sorts of possibilities of what I was about to hear.

It was five years ago on a Saturday night in Saratoga Springs. I was settling into the cocktail hour at our annual New York State Press Association convention before the final dinner and round of awards. The weekend festivities were drawing to an end and I was relaxing with a glass of wine, mingling with my fellow writers.

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03/04/17 11:05pm
03/04/2017 11:05 PM

In 2009, shortly after New York State passed the ill-advised MTA payroll tax, I found myself in a conversation with a campaign staffer for former state Senator Brian Foley. Mr. Foley had voted in favor of the plan — which added a payroll tax to local businesses in an effort to balance the MTA budget — despite concerns from constituents across Suffolk County who felt they were underserved by the agency. READ