Good afternoon. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
County government: Editorial
We comment on the Westchester County Board of Legislators’ recent approval of a citizen-run Charter Revision Commission. The panel is charged with taking a look at the way the county’s government works and making suggestions for improvements. We write:
… The commission will be composed of 17 members picked by county legislators and six picked by the county executive, all interested parties. It, therefore, seems highly unlikely that anything that dramatic or outlandish will emerge — even if the cheapest talk in recent years has centered around doing away with county government.
It would be a waste of time and resources for County Executive Rob Astorino and legislators to pick panelists predisposed to that fantasy; indeed, it makes better sense at some point in the future of the Lower Hudson Valley for well-run county governments to take on more tasks now handled by too many town and village governments. It would be a mistake to presume that all calls for smaller government are correct.
The commission-picking officials, however, would do well to line up independent, serious-minded panelists who represent a cross-section of Westchester, and who understand its history, how governments fit together — or don’t, and who are willing to break some molds. In the aftermath of the recession, the public seems willing to entertain fresh ideas for recalibrating government at all levels — an argument for why the review should have commenced sooner. …
County government: Reisman
Phil Reisman devotes his column to the creation of the Charter Revision Commission. He writes:
… There is actually a remote chance that something will come of this. The early talk includes a number of intriguing possibilities such as eliminating the job of county executive, creating a county manager and downsizing the 17-member Board of Legislators.
That last one would take a lot of skill to pull off, not unlike deflating the Hindenburg in a thunderstorm.
Oh, wow. Could it really happen? …
Indian Point: Community View
Al Samuels, president and CEO of the Rockland Business Association, argues that comparisons of Indian Point to the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan are unfounded.
Here’s what our colleagues at newspapers across the state are saying today:
Sept. 11 military trial best option left: Editorial, Newsday
State must take a hard look at natural gas drilling: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
A bad lesson in censorship: Editorial, Albany Times Union