January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday set a Jan. 15 vote on a Superstorm Sandy relief bill after enraged Northeast politicians - including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a fellow Republican - blasted the speaker for skipping action on disaster aid in the final hours of the current Congress. Boehner scheduled the vote after a parade of officials from storm-ravaged New York, New Jersey and Connecticut criticized the Ohio Republican for refusing to allow a vote on a $60-billion aid package before the end of this congressional session.
December 12, 2012 |
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - About a month ago, Lori Rebimbas stood inside the darkened ruins of her flooded house and wept. When the mother of two returned last week there were no tears. “I'm done crying,” she said. In the days and weeks after the storm , Rebimbas, 41, felt stranded. A Federal Emergency Management Agency inspector had deemed her home uninhabitable. Her two cars had flooded. Her family had nowhere to stay, and with many along the Jersey Shore scrambling for rentals , Rebimbas was afraid she would have to move and pull her two boys out of school in Point Pleasant.
November 22, 2012 |
This year, Aiman Youssef is thankful to be alive. The 42-year-old Staten Island man said he used to have a $300,000 house he could be thankful for, and a car, and two vans full of things he was going to sell on EBay. Then Superstorm Sandy ruined all that and the rest of his neighborhood too, so just being alive is the best he can ask for right now. "It's survival - that's what it is now," said Youssef, who sleeps in a tent, where it gets cold early in the morning, around 3 or 4 a.m. especially.
November 4, 2012 |
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. - Six days after Sandy blasted the south shore of Long Island, Robert Brown's street smells like low tide. He lives three doors down from a creek that feeds into Jamaica Bay on the eastern edge of John F. Kennedy International Airport. During last Monday's storm, he saw the creek water rise out of the storm drain and inch its way up the block like a killer blob of slime in a horror movie. In an hour, it was at his doorstep. His 30-year-old daughter Melissa's bedroom in the basement was submerged.
March 29, 2012
Coliseum games Re " Coliseum probe brings three arrests ," March 23, and " Coliseum case widens; six charged ," March 24 What explains the fact that a newspaper usually is the originating source that produces an investigation into financial irregularities or other illegal activity? Why is it not a city, county or state agency - which, theoretically, employ people whose job it is to prevent or uncover precisely this type of wrongdoing? If our government agencies are so incompetent, why do we bother paying for multiple layers of bureaucracy?
March 26, 2012
When the Supreme Court takes up the 2010 healthcare reform law this week, the legal and political arguments will be in near-perfect alignment. And the stakes couldn't be higher on either front. The court briefs echo the themes that President Obama's Republican rivals are sounding on the campaign trail: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which they derisively call "Obamacare," is an attack on freedom, epitomizing the administration's disregard for constitutional limits on federal power and disrespect for citizens' rights to make decisions for themselves.