Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday "News on the Run" For Mountaindale NY

As they say, "Greetings Sports Fans"

We seemed to have dodged a bullet last night with the snow here in our area, Mountaindale getting no more than a dusting, and with the almost balmy weather outside, what little we got is fast melting into a memory. Seriously, this is a perfect shorts and sweater day. Thinking later on it might be a good day to grab the camera and go for a long walk.

Looks like those in the middle class might get a small token tax break courtesy of Governor Cuomo, while the Millionaires and Billionaires (yes, we have a few in New York, and at least one here in Sullivan County) are targeted to pay more.

Under the plan backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which the state Senate passed 55-0 Wednesday night and the Assembly approved 130-8 early Thursday, those tax breaks will go to most households with annual earnings of $40,000 to $300,000, or single filers making $20,000 to $150,000 a year.
In a say it ain't so news story, seems momentum is gaining to BAN horse drawn carriage rides in New York City...seems that Animal Rights folks and greedy real estate moguls make for a perfect recipe to ban what has always been a wonderful memory for those in love.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has become ensnared in the debate over the carriages. The group’s chief equine veterinarian, Dr. Pamela Corey, said her supervisors pushed her to slant her conclusions about the death of a carriage horse, to generate sympathy for a ban.

Besides the animal rights campaigners, the industry is facing a classic New York peril: rising real estate values. Developers covet the stables on the Far West Side where the horses have long been kept.

Occupy Wall Street protesters move from park into foreclosed homes...God knows there are plenty enough to go around after Wall Street and the banks CRASHED THE REAL ESTATE MARKET.

“There’s a risk of arrest — I’m willing to take it for the sake of my family and the community,” Alfredo Carrasquillo, 27, said Wednesday at a Vermont St. rowhouse that Occupy Wall Street protesters took over Tuesday. A police cruiser sat parked in the street outside the house as he spoke.

He and a group of about 20 Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out Tuesday night in the abandoned house, whose gate they padlocked. It has been vacant for three years, since Bank of America foreclosed on it, protesters said.

UBER RICH Landlord, and one percent-er (verse the 99 percent) James Harmon has filed a law suit asking that he be excused from the rent stabilization laws. Curious there Mr. One Percent-er, what is that six unit apartment building on the UPPER WEST SIDE worth? As to leaving it to your children and grandchildren unencumbered by rent stabilization...I am guessing with your worth that your children and grandchildren are going to be JUST FINE.

If successful, the legal maneuver could invalidate the city laws governing over 1 million rent-stabilized tenants in the city. But Harmon, a lawyer, said he’s fighting the case for his family.

He said he and his wife would like to pass their building onto their children and grandchildren without them having to inherit the headache of rent stabilization.

Hope everyone enjoys this beautiful day here in downtown Mountaindale.