Albany Open Line
By Alex Rankin, New York State Press
Association's Albany Correspondent
An $ 18.4 million Albany boondoggle
has been nipped in the bud.
I might not be the most charitable
thing to say, but it is close
to the truth to suggest this one
died because this is an election
year and Republicans are making
an all- out drive to recapture
the state Assembly and hangonto
the state Senate.
Killed was a low- income public
housing project in that even
bigger boondoggle, the Albany
Here briefly was the pre- death
Governor Rockefeller proposed
building a 442- unit low- income
apartment building at a cost of
$ 18.4 million. Contracts were
sent to State Comptroller Arthur
Levitt, a Democrat, a few
weeks ago. He flipped.
When he landed he demanded
to know why the state was building
apartments at a cost of $ 41,-
629 a unit — more than double
the average cost of such units
around the state.
He also demanded to know why
three years ago when the project
was first dreamed up more apartments
were to be built at a lower
cost -- 500 units for $ 10.2 million.
A week later Mr. Levitt agreed
to approve the project. He said
architects had said the higher
cost was due to foundation problems
and the need to blend the
building in with other buildings
on the South Mall.
He said he agreed to do it only
after Rockefeller agreed to shift
$ 7.4 million of the cost from
state housing bonds to South Mall
bonds — shift which some experts
say would have cost taxpayers
more anyway because of
technical differences in the two
But the big stink came when it
was revealed that residents of the
building would pay only $ 67.38
a month for their $ 41,000 homes.
. The rest, amounting to about
$ 2 million a year, would be paid
for by taxpayers.
Republican State Senator John
H. Hughes of Syracuse gets official
credt for killing the whole
Hughes fired off an angry letter
to Earl W. Brydges of Niagara
Falls, the Senate Republican
majority leader, asking that
he demand that Rockefeller kill
the apartment project.
Brydges did just that, according
to Hughes. And a short time
later word came from Rockefeller
to Brydges that the project
would be killed.
The South Mall is a huge state
government building complex
now under construction next to the
State Capitol building in Albany.
In 1962 the public was told the
project would cost $ 250 million.
Just this year Rockefeller and
other state officials said the
project, covering about 100 acres
of former Albany slum, would
cost $ 610 million.
And Levitt said a few weeks
ago that before the buildings are
up — sometime in 1973 — the
whole thing will cost more than
$ 1 billion.
The mall is being financed by
one of those gimmicks one gets
Under this one, the bonds are
actually being sold by Albany
County. When the project is
finished, the county will lease the
whole thing to the state — whose
lease payments will hopefully pay
off the bonds.
Thus the entire project is outside
the official record of the
But you try and deduct it on
your state income tax form and
see what happens.
I would l i ke to express my gratitude to the many people
who gave me their vote of confidence.
I SINCERELY PLEDGE TO
o Put all my efforts behind finding more imaginative
solutions to financing quality public school education
in order to bring relief to the pending school tax c r i s i s.
o To continue my battle for l e g i s l a t i on to insure the preservation
of local history.
e Immediate action to i mprove the dangerous intersection
at Hicksvil le Road, Boundary Avenue and Stewart Avenue
My Special Thanks to the ' Rescue Ginsberg Squad' from
o To my many friends in Plainedge, Farmingdale and
Bethpage who rolled up their sleeves to combat my
opponent's last minute misleading campaign literature.
THANK YOU ALL FOR BELIEVING IN ME - Especially
» The Committee for the Equitable Financing of Quality
Public School Education.
• The editors of newspapers who gave me their endorsement.
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$ 217,000 Contract
Fairchild Hiller Corporation
has received a $ 217,000 contract
to continue development of an
ejector bomb rack for the Naval
Air Systems Command at its
Republic Aviation Division.
The rack features an integral
hoist powered by a simple detached
gasoline engine or electrical
drive which permits a
single crewman to load bombs
on an aircraft without additional
ground handling equipment.
Although primarily designed
for shipboard use, the rack may
be equally useful on land based
Paul T. Lavigne,
Bankers Life Nebraska has announced
the appointment of Paul'
T. Lavigne, of Massapequa Park,
to the home office post of Chief
Born in Holden, Massachusetts,
Lavigne is a graduate of
Clark University in Worcester,
Mas sac husetts0 He served two
years with the Adjutant General
Corps of the United States Army.
He was elected to two terms on
the Massapequa Park Village
Board of Trustees and was a
member of the Nassau County,
Elected Officials' Association.
Lavigne, his wife Carolyn and
their two daughters, Tara and
Jennifer, will reside at 700 Lyn-crest
Drive in Lincoln.
" WE'VE GIVEN
EVERYTHING . . .
The best schooling, good
clothes, a comfortable home
. . . all these are important.
But don't they need
answers to the big questions
— such as Who is God?
What is God? Where is God?
What does He have to do
Your children's sense of
security and lasting
happiness may well depend
on being given good and
useful answers to these
In the Christian Science
Sunday School, children
learn to know God, to feel
a closeness to Him, and to
turn to Him for the spiritual
resources they need to
strengthen and enrich their
Isn't this something you
would like to give your
children? Why not bring
them next Sunday morning
at 9: 3Q " • ' » • &• 11: 15 "•">•
Kjrst Church of Christ, Scientist,
4550 Merrick Rd. Massapequa
Hamlet Film Showing At Public Library
Sir Laurence Olivier's prize-whining
film version of Hamlet
will be shown at the Plainedge
Public Library on Wednesday,
November 12th at 8 p. m. The
film, which was shown at the
library on October 22 id, is being
rescheduled to accommodate
thone who could not attend the
first showing. Free tickets may
bo obtained al the library and
will b<? required for admission.
" Hamlet" will also be presented
for high school students
on Thursday, November 14th at
3 p. m.. Seating at this performance
will be on a first-come
first- served basis.
The children's film series this
Saturday will xeaturi " The
Salvage Gang" and " A Scrap of
Paper - A Piece of String/'
The performance begins at 10: 30
a. m. and is opon to all in grades,.
All you wonderful voters who expressed confidence in me
by giving me your vote
to all you bowlers who stopped to talk with me and accept
my campaign literature
to all you busy families who took time out at shoDDing centers
to accept my campaign literature and to wear my buttons
• to you people who gave me Koffee K latches
• to you teenagers who worked so hard for me
• to you fellow boaters at TOBAY who stood by my positions
on improvement of our marina and the waters of the Great
* » T h e r e ' s a l i g h t now at the c r o s s i n g on Broadway at
the Lockhart school and a proposed change in the ordinance
so you can still fish in the daytime at St. Marks place-
• interest in community parks for Farmingdale
o more interest in paving of streets and in the unincorporated
areas of Farmingdale and Massapequa... and we trust in the
prompt removal of snow
» and finding of more fields for the young ball players in Massapequa
and a community center for young people in Plainedge.
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FARMINGDALE OBSERVER - Thursday, November 7, 1968
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