Articles Tagged ‘Recession’

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Off The Reservation: Oil

The last time I checked, we were still in the throes of a recession. A big one. Not technically, mind you. Technically we are in…



Recession Bites Suffolk SPCA

A pet goat is discovered strangled in Kings Park, with someone’s belt still strapped tightly around its lifeless body. Another is found decapitated in Islip. A cat is lynched in Patchogue. An Islip Terrace man films women crushing small animals. Somebody tortures then sets afire a dog in Brentwood.

These gruesome scenes are just a few of the 2,000 animal abuse and neglect cases handled annually by the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a nonprofit providing humane needs and enforcement of cruelty to animal laws throughout the county. Most recently, the organization broke up what has been described as “a concentration camp” for animals at a house in Selden.

But the downturned economy has been taking its toll on Suffolk’s animal protectors. According to Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross, the recession has bitten a hefty chunk out of supporters’ wallets, and consequently, donations are down about 50 percent since the downswing began. The Suffolk SPCA, he stresses, is funded completely by donations and not assoiated with the American SPCA. And in addition to its regular yearly caseload, Gross explains, his officers are weathering a roughly 20 percent spike in instances of foreclosed homeowners leaving their pets behind to die. That’s on top of a national and countywide increase in dogfighting and cockfighting cases, he adds.



Productivity gains may be bad news for job seekers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies across the economy are finding ways to do more with fewer workers, dimming hopes that hiring will take off anytime soon. Employers became leaner and more efficient in the third quarter. Wages, meantime, remain flat or falling.



Analysis: Economy, Politics, Policy Collide in NY

This is the week you won’t be getting that tax rebate check. And don’t expect those checks — typically $400 to $500 and sent to property tax payers every fall since 2006 — to return any time soon. Even the less tangible benefit of STAR, a school tax break paid directly to schools, is shrinking every year. Both were cut to balance state budgets.



Job losses slow to 247,000; jobless rate dips

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers throttled back on layoffs in July, cutting just 247,000 jobs, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.4 percent, its first decline in 15 months. It was a better-than-expected showing that offered a strong signal that the recession is finally ending.