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Opinion roundup: Bank switch, FAA


Today in “Bank sale good news for the region,” the Editorial Board looks at the planned $1 billion sale of 195 HSBC bank branches to First Niagara, including nine Rockland, four Westchester and two Putnam branches. Gov. Cuomo sounded optimistic in his comments, as did local business leaders here. Business Council of Westchester President Marsha Gordon told the Editorial Board:

They still need tellers, relationship managers … they are looking to maintain good talent. I see it as a positive that they’re here and that they want to grow their market here.

In other opinions, the FAA funding standoff continued to draw plenty of attention, including:

A New York Daily News editorial, “Congress flies away home and leaves badly needed FAA projects grounded,” calls Congress “miserable” for splitting from Washington after the debt-ceiling tug-of-war without funding the Federal Aviation Administration, which is now on Day 13 of furloughed workers, stalled construction projects and taxes on tickets going uncollected by the federal government and instead pocketed by the airlines. (The New York Times weighed in yesterday, with its editorial, “The F.A.A., after the Republicans,” which details the standoff over rules that make it easier for airline and railroad workers to unionize. The Albany Times Union also weighs in. Its editorial, “Another impasse grounds the FAA,” sums up the funding flap this way:

Tens of thousands of people are out of work over Republicans’ refusal to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, part of the GOP’s war on unions. This hard-line ideology is irresponsible.

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 9:26 am by Nancy Cutler. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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Welcome to the community conversation/editorial page blog for Rockland. It's your place for two-way talk with the people behind the opinions on The Journal News editorial pages and LoHud.com. Look here daily to talk back to the opinion writers, find out what's on our agenda, and steer us to the hot topics in your community. Contributing to this blog are deep-rooted Rocklanders Nancy Cutler, editorial page editor in Rockland, and Bob Baird, longtime Rockland columnist and editor, along with Ed Forbes, interactivity editor, with occasional contributions from other opinion staff.


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