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Eddie July 20, 2014 at 06:20 pm
I could never handle that job, and I doubt any of the envious minimum wage posters here couldRead More either.
mark July 20, 2014 at 06:53 pm
ok let us get real here..LIRR unions have had no contract YET we have had 4 fare increases..howRead More about a decrease for the passengers OR will they ROCK the riders again?
Had Enuf! July 20, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Tickets, all tickets please........ That is what you get for $86k before overtime....so most ofRead More these clowns earn $120k from that plus free health benefits...plus they go Ou t on disability at. 50 years old with the help of dishonest doctors. Stopping at rockville center, Baldwin, Freeport, merrick, belllmore, wantagh, seaford, massapequa, massapequa park, amityville, copaigue, lindenhurst , and babylon. Change at babylon for the train to to speonk... Whew...can I get benefits for life for that talent?
Gabe Gonsalves July 21, 2014 at 09:43 am
for those who not use the railroad daily.......ride it for a week and you will see why we all gradeRead More it a C or less
TomTuttle July 21, 2014 at 10:36 am
Mr DeMarco, I can certainly see your point of view. I understand the problems you have pointed outRead More but are these problems only with business' that have a Union workforce? I think not. For the comment about 100 years ago. 100 years ago is when it started, it still goes on today. Why do you think most company's in this country want to send all their labor to country's where the average pay rate is .25 cents and a bowl of rice? They do not care for what we care for in this country and the issues that started the Union Movement in the first place. Those country's are behind just like the US was at one time. You think the biggest employer in the US Walmart isn't using the same threats against it's workers at every chance it gets to scare them out of never joining a Union and taking advantage of their time punching a clock? Guess what...the biggest employer in the US is creating that very situation that others faced 100 years ago. And you spoke about deriving revenues and the excess becoming tax increases. How much tax increase is off shooted to the public when a company not only but like Walmart does not pay its works a fair wage?The number would astound you. Because of their suppression we as a community use our tax money to pay those employees for housing,food,schooling,clothing for those employees who cannot pay for basic needs to live all the while,working as many hours as they are given. Does that sound like 100 years ago? It sure does and it's happening right in front of all of us in the 21st century.
Robert Demarco July 21, 2014 at 10:57 am
You are absolutely correct about the Walmarts of the country, but consider this: my family has aRead More Volkswagen, three Hyundais, and a Ford. The VW was built in Tennessee, with non-union labor, where the UAW just lost an election to unionize. The Hyundais were built in Alabama, also with non-union labor. The Ford was built in Mexico. It is difficult for the American car makers to compete with the foreigns because od excessive costs, especially legacy costs. I have family in NC, where cops, teachers, etc, with no unions, make the prevailing wage in the area, in other words, no $150K cops. Because public employee salaries are reasonable, taxes are low, the government is non-intrusive (not trying to bleed every dollar out of the citizens), and most working people lead a decent life. On the LIRR, with its excessive compensation, even that was not enough for these workers. As someone else wrote here, 98% of them felt they were entitled to disability pensions. This case stands on its own merits.
Kevin B July 19, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Ho Ho Ho. Gov. Cuomo saves the day. Fixed! Election Day and his potential re-election is lessRead More than 4 months away. He thinks John Q. Public won't know who has who in their back pockets. Then there is that Public Relations clown Schumer who said they should wait 2 months to strike. Great idea! All the teachers will go back to work, schools in session, adding more traffic. DiBlasio was the only one who said this was the best time if there were to be a strike. He was the only one who actually gave it some thought.
i want to be proud of my town July 20, 2014 at 02:04 am
Are the lirr workers responsible for repairing upholstery?
Robert Demarco July 20, 2014 at 05:54 pm
m sure that repairing the seats on the LIRR is a union position? What non-management positions onRead More the LIRR are not union jobs?
Ben B July 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Ben B July 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Worth reading if you want to see how dysfunctional and corrupt the LIRR is.Read More http://www.amazon.com/The-Gravy-Train-Inside-Island/dp/155395484X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405613634&sr=8-1&keywords=gravy+train+lirr
Ben B July 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Patch file photo.
FedUpRealist July 16, 2014 at 02:51 pm
Earl...Know the facts before you spew....Look up how much Bill Gates donates and how manyRead More non-profits he funds...Then get back to me here please...
FedUpRealist July 16, 2014 at 02:52 pm
Earl...Know the facts before you spew....Look up how much Bill Gates donates and how manyRead More non-profits he funds...Then write your retraction...
Bruce July 17, 2014 at 07:21 am
Ahh the Bilderberg group NY wing revealed.
FedUpRealist July 20, 2014 at 11:00 am
OK, everyone, wanna be townie' has set the rules...Let's make sure we all follow HIS demands!!!
FedUpRealist July 20, 2014 at 11:33 am
OK, everyone, wanna be townie' has set the rules...Let's make sure we all follow HISRead More 'instructions'!!! (just like a true 'Big Brother')...
Robert Demarco July 20, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Rants are for the folks who call WFAN to complain about their teams.
Robert Demarco July 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Jack, Wilhelm is not a commie, and he's not a Marxist. He is a "Progressive".
Harriet Brown July 17, 2014 at 01:59 pm
The strike has been averted. There is an agreement. Cuomo finally did his job.
JMG July 17, 2014 at 09:17 pm
Cuomo didn't do anything. Just came in and took credit. Delbasio is a complete jackass
Frank T July 14, 2014 at 08:21 pm
Darren 350 Richmond Rd, Southold NY recently sold for $275,000 3 bedroom 2 bath cape. Check outRead More local realtors for listings of sales. 515 Oak St in Cutchogue asking price $349,000 and was recently renovated. These may not be 5,000 sq ft homes but the cheap homes are out there if you are willing to research and look.
Lady L July 15, 2014 at 09:10 am
Many, many people are leaving the East End; indeed, all of New York, for less expensive climes.Read More When locals must rent out their houses for the summer so they can afford their property taxes, you know that the situation is out of control. Governments always find more ways to spend your money so the taxes will always increase. I gave up and left, joining the exodus out of New York.
New Guy July 15, 2014 at 10:21 am
There is no good reason why the hardworking taxpayers should be subsidizing the medical andRead More retirements for all government employees, that goes for the government schools as well. All new employees starting Jan 1st 2015 should be paying there own way for medical and retirement. The Town of Southampton has no business being in the Marina & Real Estate business. The Town of Southampton has no business purchasing individual properties with CPF (Community Preservation Funds). I would like a refund.
Eddie July 11, 2014 at 05:33 pm
Perhaps $90K which includes overtime. Less than a NYC garbageman.
Hamburger July 12, 2014 at 09:12 am
Unsustainable economic model. Unions = bankruptcy
G July 14, 2014 at 04:53 pm
Some new news on this front: today's talks in NYC just broke down and the union bosses are tellingRead More members to begin to wind down operations starting July 16th, ahead of the July 20th strike deadline. It's being reported that the bosses have told the members that the presidential panel blessed their offer and the bosses promised that they will accept nothing less. That's not entirely true, however. The presidential panel only chooses among the two "final" offers submitted by each side at the time, which included 11% raises over 6 years by the LIRR. It doesn't mean the panel agrees with the union offer, only that it preferred that offer compared to the LIRR offer of 11% at that time. It's entirely possible given the latest LIRR offer of 17% over 7 years, the panel might choose that one today instead. In addition, word has gotten around political circles about the union bosses promises and many are seriously ticked off at them since those promises painted the bosses into a corner during negotiations. That's why there's a stalemate in the current negotiations, because the bosses can't make any concessions without breaking their promise. If there really is a strike, expect the pols to look to get back at the unions in the future since the bosses are causing too much unnecessary trouble right now.
Brian Burke June 29, 2014 at 11:15 am
Label clearly says chocolate peanut butter!! On the top and the side! Get a life people if youRead More cannot read.
Peter Lewitin June 30, 2014 at 07:22 am
Brian?
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Christopher Wendt June 11, 2014 at 07:31 am
@ Frank re: "I always wanted to understand why the LI region is not using MORE freightRead More trains..." Modern rail freight is "intermodal", meaning truck trailers riding piggyback on flatbed rail cars (as opposed to loading the cargo in railroad "boxcars"). To work efficiently, the truck trailers are double-stacked on the flatbed rail cars, and the tunnels connecting Long Island with the rest of the country are not tall enough to allow double-stacked piggyback freight loads to come to LI. What little railroad freight comes to LI is shipped across NY Harbor into Brooklyn, on barges, or comes in the old boxcars. But there are very few places to unload boxcars full of freight on LI, and doing so requires too much labor and time. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The other problems with rail freight on LI are (1) virtually NOTHING from LI requires rail freight shipping OFF LI, making freight trains, here, a one-way proposition, which is costly, and, (2) Even if everything made or grown outside of LI came here on freight trains, all of it would still require TRUCK transport all over the Island in order to get it to consumers. LI does not have the infrastructure or network of Distribution Centers and truck terminals to handle that activity, plus, that kind of activity would not help with truck congestion and pollution. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I hope this makes some sense for you.
Christopher Wendt June 11, 2014 at 07:31 am
@ Frank re: "I always wanted to understand why the LI region is not using MORE freightRead More trains..." Modern rail freight is "intermodal", meaning truck trailers riding piggyback on flatbed rail cars (as opposed to loading the cargo in railroad "boxcars"). To work efficiently, the truck trailers are double-stacked on the flatbed rail cars, and the tunnels connecting Long Island with the rest of the country are not tall enough to allow double-stacked piggyback freight loads to come to LI. What little railroad freight comes to LI is shipped across NY Harbor into Brooklyn, on barges, or comes in the old boxcars. But there are very few places to unload boxcars full of freight on LI, and doing so requires too much labor and time. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The other problems with rail freight on LI are (1) virtually NOTHING from LI requires rail freight shipping OFF LI, making freight trains, here, a one-way proposition, which is costly, and, (2) Even if everything made or grown outside of LI came here on freight trains, all of it would still require TRUCK transport all over the Island in order to get it to consumers. LI does not have the infrastructure or network of Distribution Centers and truck terminals to handle that activity, plus, that kind of activity would not help with truck congestion and pollution. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I hope this makes some sense for you.
al June 11, 2014 at 08:22 am
Mr Wendt re: Intermodal- In the 80's the LIRR started to get some special equipment that would allowRead More for truck trailers to be hooked up to freight engines. I remember that there was at least one place on the "Main" line on a "WYE" in Farmingdale that was equipped with a lifting device that would remove the trailers from these special devices and place on the road (Budwiser and several other companies used them for a while). Though they were not stacked, they did work. The MTA never really pushed this service. The special devices kept the trailers low so the trains made it thry the tunnels. Yes we do not manufacture enough to warrant freight service off the Island but aren't the truck trailers going off island empty anyway. Once there were freight yards on the Island (Westbury, Garden City, Hicksville, Farmingdale and out in Brookhaven to name a few) but in at least two have been converted to shopping centers, and two converted to garbage transfer stations. The MTA even built a freight car repair facility at the old Holban? classification yard, kept it working for two years and then tore it down (used the property to build their big passenger car repair facility).
Ralph A. June 5, 2014 at 09:17 am
I agree 100% with the alcohol ban on trains, etc. However, people are already drunk before they getRead More on the train.
CAPICU June 5, 2014 at 11:17 am
Standing on the Railroad platform, I sip some booze to stop the blues and watch the trains comeRead More flying thru. The Railroad said that it’s ok, if I choose to sip the booze on Saturday.
Truth teller June 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm
Although I love the horses , and my granddaughter is an accomplished horsewoman , this is why weRead More don't go to the race .The drunks spoil it for everyone.
Credit: Justin Calabrese
Mark Bellantoni June 5, 2014 at 06:39 am
Caldor was the walmart of yesterday. I was on the executive payroll & opened several stores backRead More in the eighties. Caldor also owned many subsides that were used to supply the retail stores also Caldor sold merchandise to sears & other retailers through there subsides. There were no family members intrested in taking over the business so Carl sold. After that it was all downhill. The subsidies were sold the stores were buying direct & had no clue. That was the beginning of the end. Most walmart stores in the tri state area are in former Caldor locations. Caldor once had a monopoly in the tri state area. But Good things never last long....
confectioner June 6, 2014 at 01:37 pm
Worked in the Caldor buying dept in 88-90, good old Glover ave- no one was more aggressive onRead More pricing with so little stock, they would still be taking rainchecks. Ames, Bradlees, Zayre's and Caldor were so concerned with each other they didn't react to Wal-Mart and Target moving into the area. Caldor had 120 stores mostly in NE and Atlantic States.
Craig R June 7, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Fisher's Big Wheel in Old Saybrook.
Tom Baxter checks out his new business suit at the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center.
Etaoin June 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm
The clothing is all donated by individuals and businesses, including Men's Wear House.
mary ann June 4, 2014 at 09:29 am
I think it's great! I notice the man in the picture is a military fellow and this will be a greatRead More help to all those men and women who have done service for their country. It's important to have an "interview suit" for both men and women. Good luck to all those seeking jobs.
CAPICU June 4, 2014 at 11:51 am
Tells you a lot about the military. Most come back penniless, injured (physically and mentally) andRead More with job skills not needed by the private sector.
Patch File Photo
Lido resident May 23, 2014 at 10:29 am
Or what republicans call "job killing regulations"
Mar May 23, 2014 at 06:13 pm
Yes, pet parents, would you prefer guardians of these precious babies.
carol wendell May 24, 2014 at 01:08 am
About time theses products are off our shelves. Now how about getting rid of Hartz products. So manyRead More animal have died from their flea products.
Bay Burger
Erin Harris May 14, 2014 at 08:30 pm
Race Lane is definitely the best burger out here!
Carol Covell May 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm
The burger in the Tavern at The 1770 House in East Hampton is delicious! Premium chopped meat blendRead More of Kobe Brisket, Angus Rib Cap, Short Ribs and Angus Chuck with house cut fries!
Courtney McGuire May 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Sophies in Southold has an awesome burger for a great price. The garlic horseradish special wasRead More amazing with their waffle fries!
Taylor Rose Berry
Conservative Underground May 14, 2014 at 06:47 am
Good for you TJ, you self published and got your book out there. It just goes to show that storesRead More like Crook...I mean Bookhampton's days are numbered unless they decide to change. It is not the responsibility of the public to keep them open, it is up to them to offer something to keep the public coming in but in this new age of entitlement I am not surprised
Barbara Feldman May 14, 2014 at 07:33 am
Watching Rizzoli's close its doors and seeing Bookhampton facing the same fate is sad.Read More Unfortunately, books have become an expensive hobby and alternatives such as libraries, online books and discount venues are viable alternatives that many voracious readers turn to. Maybe if the rents were not so high, local bookstores could be more competitive, keep their customer base, and stay in business.
Nanci e. LaGarenne May 14, 2014 at 09:19 am
It is not about blame, Darren. It is about carrying local's books in a "local bookstore thatRead More supports community." And we don't "make up a publisher." We do the work ourselves, with no budget or advance or PR people and get our books out there. We don't talk about writing a novel someday. We write every day. I know you are joking about Bill O'Reilly. It is not always quality that gets published. He is a very well-known antagonistic blow-hard, let's face it. But people are glued to his nightly sermons and they buy his books. He could write about passing wind and they would publish it. But one day no one knew who he was, and he caught a break. No local writers here are asking for a free lunch, just a foot in the door. And it is extremely hard if your name is not famous and it is your first book. Kudos to TJ, a friend who did it and sold books locally. As I did myself. We may not be famous, but we are authors. Maybe this year, we can attend Authors Night at the local library......Alec is busy with his new baby and Gwyneth is going through her own sadness. Might be time to lay low and let the locals shine. Or maybe Kayne and Kimmie wrote a book? Oy.
The inside of a long-dead mall, as photographed by Seph Lawless for his new book "Black Friday."
Patchogue May 12, 2014 at 09:39 pm
We are over stored. Need to create real jobs.
Madeleine Fix-Hansen May 13, 2014 at 08:18 am
I am working on this subject (slowly & in spurts) in Columbus, Ohio. In 2002, I made aRead More casual/rough stortytelling video, "Twilight at Northland". It's a monologue for the most part - about my aunt, who was employed as the Information Lady at a mall that was closing down around her. Please watch & let me know what you think?: http://vimeo.com/71038359. email: almagarnett@gmail.com.
Sal Anthony May 14, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Tj only shops online blah blah blah your a racist towards malls
michael dickerson May 4, 2014 at 05:06 pm
mdik1
Martha Nassauer May 24, 2014 at 08:31 am
Apparently NOT! Cyril's WILL OPEN this season! Happy & Safe summer to all!
Gabe Gonsalves May 28, 2014 at 02:12 pm
Cyril's Can Open, Judge Says By T.E. McMorrow | May 23, 2014 - 9:37am Cyril's Fish House, theRead More popular roadside restaurant on the Napeague stretch, has received the okay to open this weekend, having cleared a legal hurdle today in New York State Supreme Court in Riverhead when acting Supreme Court Justice Joseph Farneti lifted a temporary restraining order that would have required the restaurant to operate in conformance to its layout in the mid 1980s, when the establishment was much smaller. According to Justice Farneti, the owners of the restaurant had remedied conditions that had posed "imminent danger" to the public that first caused him to issue restraining order on April 12. However, he also fast-tracked the town's lawsuit against the restaurant for operating an illegally expanded business by setting a June 9 date for a hearing. His action followed the lifting of the stop work order that Tom Preiato, the town's chief building inspector, had imposed on work being done on the front brick patio and dry bar in January. The patio had been pulled up and the bar moved to allow for the removal of two 2,000-gallon underground gasoline storage tanks dating back many years to when the spot was a gas station. Mr. Preiato said at the time that the owners had not obtained permits for any of the work. On Wednesday, Mr. Preiato said he had lifted the order the day before with the understanding that the bricks would be replaced by clean local gravel. He also said the needed permits for the removal of the tanks had been obtained by the owners. Work has been going on at the restaurant since yesterday. The bricks have been moved from the front area. There is now a level surface of gravel, where the front patio had been. A tanker from Quackenbush Cesspools was pumping out the restaurant's septic system this morning. John Fairchild, the restaurant's manager, was overheard talking on his cellphone during a recess at Supreme Court today, urging work to continue on the restaurant, hopeful that it could open tomorrow. While the restaurant has not yet received its assembly permit, Dianne K. Le Verrier of Jordan and Le Verrier, the restaurant's attorney, said that Joseph Prokop, the town's attorney, had given her a verbal assurance that it would be issued in time for its opening tomorrow.
brookhavenconfucius June 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm
We need a Mussolini, ? Well The Regime Leader has picked the negotiating board, so you know howRead More THAT is going to turn out, don't we ? BUT BARAK AIN'T NO MUSSOLINI !
rita June 2, 2014 at 08:51 pm
I don't understand why there was a MTA tax on our property taxes in Suffolk County. I still thinkRead More the tax is illegal, and there are only two trains that run on the East End of long island to NYC. I thought this tax was being disputed.
brookhavenconfucius June 3, 2014 at 04:01 am
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ? GET OUT OF YOUR IPHONE AND WAKE UP ? DON'T YOU LOOK AT YOUR TAX BILL BEFORERead More YOU PAY IT ? SHEEEEEPLE, YOU ARE BEING TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS, WAAAAAAAAAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP !
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