When Is a “Law” Not a “Law”?


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The Obama administration announced that it is delaying a major provision in the health care overhaul even though the law requires companies that employ 50 or more workers to offer coverage or face fines.   The law was to go into effect in 2014. Obama has decided that the original start-up date of 2014 did not give companies with more than 50 employees enough time to implement the law. Therefore he has unilaterally pushed it further out until 2015.

Skeptics believe that the law was really changed because implementing the law in 2014 might just interfere with the outcome of the mid-term elections.

Regardless of the reason why, the reality is that ObamaCare is the law of the land that cannot be changed, unless of course, you are the one who controls the rules of the game and will change them at will for your own personal agenda.

Here on Long Island, I recently read a story about an apartment complex that is looking to lift its age restrictions. Currently the 284-unit complex is zoned for 66% Senior Housing.  The owners of the complex want to lift the age restriction on all the units and allow 56 of the units to become “affordable housing.” The law in New York State requires X-amount of units be specifically designated as “affordable housing.”

This attempt to change the town code is really just a Dog and Pony show because the town “law” seems to have already been broken. Since there was no “distinction” drawn as to what units were specified as the senior units or the non-senior units, it was haphazardly rented and became a non-senior place and the Town now says that it cannot enforce the code!  How is it that the town cannot enforce its own law?

I am no Albert Einstein, but doesn’t it make sense to take 284 units and figure out what 66% of that number is for senior housing and those then become the number of units you rent to seniors?  If more are rented to non-seniors, then all the town has to do is fine the owners for not obeying town law.

Politicians sing the praises of “affordable housing” as being a place where your “grandparents” or “children” can live, even though Long Island senior and youth population continues to dwindle at record numbers.

The truth of the matter is New York State allows anyone who steps across its borders to have instant access to Welfare benefits and we are in dire need of housing these people who come from everywhere to live for “free.” Taxes are raised to support those living off the system as our youth continue to leave Long Island for a more affordable place to live.  The future of Long Island seems to be heading in the wrong direction.

Lastly, I wonder why the owners have suddenly approached Islip Town Board asking for the age restriction code to be eliminated when they have been breaking the law all along.  And In return, they have to pay the Town $673,000 as a mitigation fee which is put into a fund to convert blighted properties into more affordable housing.  Sounds like there may be a few other details omitted from the story.

I don’t know what the outcome of the hearing will be, but I can assure you that the $673,000 “mitigation fee” will buy a lot of votes in the next election cycle.