Good Thursday morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Superintendent salary caps: Editorial
We cast a glance south and west to New Jersey, where a new cap on school superintendent salaries supported by Gov. Chris Christie has education leaders fleeing over the border. Our own Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a similar cap. We write:
… Cuomo had scored points with the legions in New York who are miffed by superintendent salaries that have soared to almost $250,000, on average, in the Lower Hudson Valley. There’s little argument that public sector compensation generally has seemed skewed in recent years — in no small part because private employers have been squeezing paychecks and retirement benefits. (Reference police pay in places like Yonkers and Clarkstown, where some officers earn more than the NYPD’s top cop and some retirees receive six-figure pensions.)
But the results of a salary cap for superintendents will likely be different than imagined. …
Hyrdaulic fracturing: Commentary
Kate Sinding, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, argues that Gov. Andrew Cuomo shouldn’t rush a decision about whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing to obtain natural gas encased in Marcellus Shale deposits upstate.
Westchester County Board of Legislators: Reisman
Phil Reisman comments on the decision by Martin Rogowsky, a Harrison Democrat, not to seek another term as a Westchester County legislator. Reisman pays particular attention to what Rogowsky’s departure means for Ken Jenkins, chairman of the board.
Here’s what our colleagues at newspapers across New York are saying today:
Lobbyists trying to steal elections: Editorial, Times Herald-Record
Smart gun laws 30 years overdue: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Break the gridlock in Congress: Editorial, Newsday
Playing the public for fools: Editorial, Daily News
A year after health care reform, work remains: Editorial, The Buffalo News
UAW is a union getting it right: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times