Ginsberg Bill Aims To Save Bank Interest
A minor bookkeeping change in
New York State's tax laws which
will save taxpayers much interest
money now being lost, will be proposed
by Assemblyman Martin
Ginsberg through early pre- filing
of a bill for the next session of the
" At present, " Ginsberg said,
" thousands of state taxpayers file
quarterly estimated tax returns
on April 15, June 15, September
15 and January 15. For the June
and September payments, the average
prudent taxpayer finds he
must withdraw money from a savings
account two weeks before the
savings interest is compounded
" The result, " he continued,
" is that the average taxpayer
loses not just the two weeks of interest
remaining in the quarter
but under most banking rules
loses the interest for the entire
quarter. The banks gain and the
taxpayer loses which is inequitable
In order toameliorate this problem,
Ginsberg plans to profile a
bill extending the quarterly estimated
tax filing date some two
weeks to June 30 and September
30 so that the taxpayer will not
lose his quarterly interest.
" I checked with State Budget
Gardening On The Island
By The Long Island Nurserymen's Association
It seems we're never satisfied
with the weather, and we all
recognize we can't do a thing
about it. Although Long Island
homeowners this year have welcomed
the long cool spring that
made gardening work a delight,
and may not have complained
too bitterly about the rains that
followed, obviating the need for
hours of watering, there are
problems. They are showing up
One is an increase in fungus
diseases, caused by the combination
of cool weather with
above - average moisture. Now
that it is too late to inoculate
trees against it, about all you
can do is recognize those trees
that are suffering, and spray
them next spring to prevent recurrence.
Anthracnose is just what it
sounds like - - a disease. Caused
by a fungus with an equally poisonous
- sounding name, Gnomia
veneta, it is also known as " twig
blight." It attacks sycamores
on Long Island almost every year,
but this year it is exceptionally
severe, according to the Long
Island Nurserymen's Association.
If your sycamore trees
lost all their very young leaves
during April or May, you may
have thought it was due to frost
Another type of Anthracnose
shows up as irregular brown
areas spreading out from diseased
spots on the mid- ribs and
veins of mature sycamore leaves.
Although this form of the disease
rarely causes the tree to lose
all of its leaves, nevertheless,
those that it drops are dangerous.
Unless they are raked up and
disposed of, they can spread
the disease next year, since they
winter over. If you are allowed
to burn anything, burn these
leaves promptly. If burning is
against local regulations, dispose
of them in the garbage collection.
Whatever you do, don't add them
to your compost pile.
Another form of twig blight
that has increased notably this
year on the Island affects junipers,
white pines, and in almost
as alarming degree, all woody
olants Major symptoms is die-back
of the twig tips. The needles,
too, become vari- colored
and sparse because the innermost
needles-- those that should
be expected to stay on the twigs
for more than two years -- have
Again, by the time you discover
these symptoms, which
are just now appearing, it is
too late to do anything for your
sick trees until next year, when
it's time to spray them before
the growing season. Your local
nurseryman can offer sympathy,
replacements if needed, and
sound advice on what to use
when, but it is literally too late
to cure the problem this season.
Still a third problem of increasing
gravity is air pollution.
If your trees are not looking
normally healthy this month,
when they should be at their
best, it would be sound procedure
to ask your local expert
to take a look at them and diagnose
the cause. If he says the
problem is air pollution, remem-
Director T. Norman Hurd's office,
" said Ginsberg," and was
told this slight change of date
could easily be done without affecting
state revenues in any way.
In fact, some years ago when the
federal tax filing date was changed
from March 1.5 to April 15, absolutely
nothing untoward happened
and the federal government
still collects taxes as before."
" I feel," he added, " thatchan-ging
the filing dates for June and
September is doing nothing more
than eliminating a long- time injustice
which has benefited only
banks, not the average taxpayer.
Its time the change was made and
the taxpayer given a break."
A new manuel for town
zoning boards of appeals is being
made available by the State Office
of Planning Coordination.
The 20- page booklet offers a
comprehensive set of representative
rules and procedures
to assist town zoning boards of
appeals in their operations.
" One of the most valuable
tools any zoning board of appeals
can have is a written set
of rules of procedures," according
to Gonnella. " These rules
spell out the varied information
the public needs to know if misunderstandings
are to be avoided
and the board is to be consistent
in its operations."
Although intended specifically
for town boards of zoning appeals,
the manual can serve as
a general reference for similar
boards in cities and villages.
Planning and zoning officials,
as well as other interested New
York State residents, can obtain
the booklet free of charge
by writing: Office of Planning
Coordination, Public Information
Office, 488 Broadway, Al-iany.
ber that there are air- pollution
measures constantly before the
State Legislature, needing strong
support from State residents to
have them put into effect. There
is nothing else you can do to
prevent air- pollution damage.
But just to wind up on a more
encouraging note - - your flowers
should be particularly lovely this
year. Enjoy their mid - summer
beauty and hope that Nature will
treat your trees better next year.
Albany Open Line
by Alex Rankin
Joseph Re snick has put a dent
in one of our political myths.
The myth is that anyone with
enough money can buy an election.
In the June 18 three- way primary
race across the state forthe
Democratic U. S. senatorial nomination,
Resnick came in third,
hi losing the most, he also spent
Resnick, the congressman
from Ellenville, spent $ 776,993,
according to figures he filed
with the Department of State in-
Albany, or $ 9 for every $ 1 that
his two opponents, Paul 0* Dwyer,
the winner, and Eugene Nicker-son,
the other loser spent.
Nickerson spent less on his
whole campaign — or at least
he claimed he did — than Resnick
spent on his phone bill.
Resnick's phone bill was
Nickerson's total campaign expenses
were $ 58,755.
As you would by now expect,
the man who won the nomination,
OThvyer, said he spent the least -
- $ 27,000.
OTJwyer, the surprise winner
in the election, is a backer of
U. S. Eugene McCarthy in the
race for the Democratic presidential
supported the late Sen. Robert
F. Kennedy and Resnick supported
Vice President Hubert H.
Resnick Is reported to be a
millionaire. So much for the
Other questions are raised by
the figures, however. To begin
with, no one believes them. State
law requires them to be filed in
Albany. For years no one has
believed the figures.
The state Legislature this year
tried to bring some realism into
the figures. Until this year candidates
for state offices other
than the governor could spend
no more than $ 12,000. Obviously
the law has been ignored for
The lawmakers hiked the limit
to about $ 700,000.
They did this by saying a candidate
can spend a maximum of
ten cents a registered voter.
With the number of registered
voters in the state at about seven
million, the candidates could each
spend about $ 700,000.
Even so Resnick slopped over
by about $ 76,000.
The Legislature did not go too
They quickly killed a bill that
would have set up a commission
with the authority to investigate
the financial statements of candidates
and refer discrepancies
to the state attorney general for
It is obvious to see why that
Bill Brown To Conduct
Series Of Football Clinics
Oyster Bay Town Department
of Recreation will hold the first
in a series of football clinics on
Thursday, August 15, at6: 30p. m.
at the John J. Burns Park, Massa-pequa.
Councilman Philip B. Healey
announced that Bill Brown, coach
of the Berner High Scliool, and
Bob Riefsnyder, assistant coach
and former Navy All - American,
will conduct the clinics that are
tailored for coaches for midget
Frank Hynes ( c) Executive Leader of the Farmingdale Republican
Party and Bob Pfoh ( 1), Chairman of the Sunday August 18
G. O. P. Annual Picnic, are admiring the artistic talents of Co-
Chairman George Meyerhoff in the form of some colorful posters
which will be displayed throughout the village.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Michael Petito ( center) is shown signing a proclamation
which declares this week as " Plainedge Babe Ruth League Team
Week" in the Township of Oyster Bay in honor of Plainedge's Babe Ruth
Panthers who won the District and N. Y. State Championships. Pictured above
are ( L to R) Mr. Anthony Benevento, team Manager, Supervisor Petito, and
Gene Cubetta, Panther's Captain.
Farmingdale OBSERVER, Thursday, August 8, 1968
Assemblyman Francis P. McCloskey ( left) maps
out plans for his forthcoming campaign for reelection
with his campaign manager, Joseph Colby,
an attorney and a resident of Massapequa Park.
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