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Judge throws out city schools budget

A New York State Supreme Court justice Aug. 5 ordered the city Department of Education to vacate its budget for the upcoming school year, permitting Mayor Eric Adams and the City Council to …
A number of Staten Island Ferry captains and other mariners did not show up for work for at least two days last week, creating massive disruptions for 75,000 daily commuters and leading Mayor Eric …
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City cops are leaving at a rate not seen in years, with the NYPD down to 34,422 officers as of earlier this month, the lowest, by average headcount, in more than decade. Significantly, 909 …
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Rejected by courts, retirees take last shot to save pensions

Dave Muffley thought he had it made when it came to a solid retirement. The Indiana man spent roughly 30 years as a salaried maintenance technician for Delphi Corp., a subsidiary of General Motors …
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To the editor: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Taiwan as part of her Asia trip is the perfect opportunity to show loyalty to an important ally, prove that the U.S. will stand up to the …
To the editor:  During the last 20 years, the Supreme Court’s Republican-appointed conservative majorities have disfavored the most powerless and ruled repeatedly in favor of corporate …
To the editor: It seems that the city’s cash-strapped Department of Education will be paying publishers big time for a “phonics” literacy program designed to promote its products.During the …
To the editor: When I read conservative opinion pieces, I have to wonder whether we all live in the same reality.  Following Cassidy Hutchinson’s damning testimony before the January 6th …
To the Editor: I was disturbed by Ron Isaac's recent column criticizing charter schools for their self-promoting practices and lack of accountability.
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Loyalty oaths FREE

According to thermodynamics, energy cannot be changed or destroyed. It changes states. Does this law of nature apply also to the loyalty oaths required of teachers?  Periods elapse when …
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Teflon principals FREE

Let sleeping dogs lie. Unless they're rabid and replicating. This applies to rogue school principals too. The Department of Education has a rock collection. Hiding under each specimen is a …
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The Charter School Propaganda War

There's no rest for the insufferable. They don't take holidays.It's midway through the summer, but there's no time off for those who see it as their sacred mission to profane our public …
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Lifeguards, doctors of accounts receivable and the Black Death

Don't compare apples and oranges.That's what people say who don't want you to notice that their fruit grove is planted in enriched fertile soil that gives them an advantage in life. Fruit envy. Class …
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This is how you deduct charitable deductions

Charitable contributions made to qualified organizations may help reduce your taxable income and lower your tax bill. The IRS has put together the following guidelines to help ensure your …

Some interest payments are tax-deductible

Interest is an amount you pay for the use of borrowed money. To deduct interest you paid on a debt on your tax return you must be legally liable for the debt and you must be able to itemize your tax …