Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Friday, Dec. 17:
Ryan Karben: Editorial
Ramapo supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence has made a pair of questionable hires recently, we write in today’s editorial. Former state Assemblyman Ryan Karben was offered a job as the town’s finance director by St. Lawrence this week, despite objections from the town board. Karben turned the position down. Planning and Zoning Administration Director Alan Simon is another misguided hire, we conclude. We write:
… St. Lawrence is nothing if not loyal. He has stood by the Simon hiring, as well as the now-aborted hiring of Karben. Simon receives a $7,166 raise, to $150,491, in the town’s 2011 budget. Karben was due to be paid a salary of $60,000, and receive health benefits, for the part-time post. …
… Surely, with so many overly qualified people still looking for work in the aftermath of the Great Recession, St. Lawrence could do better. He owes taxpayers a better explanation for what he stubbornly does not.
Lincoln Hall: Response
Jack Flavin, executive director of Lincoln Hall, the school for troubled boys in Somers where a number of cases of violence have recently been reported, writes about his staff’s response to those incidents.
Test power to declare state fiscal emergency: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Down in the depths: The Buffalo News
GOP Senators and 9/11 heroes: New York Daily News
Setting the tone: Watertown Daily Times