Albany Crunch Week: Karim Camara

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NYS Assembly Member Karim Camara (D-43) represents parts of Crown Heights, Lefferts Gardens, and East Flatbush. He is chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and is also an ordained minister. Assemblyman Camara talks about budget negotiations in Albany and his caucus's efforts to direct money to education funding versus corporate tax cuts.


Karim Camara

Comments [10]


"see one of their cities grow to to rival NYC..."

Maybe you are right. I'm open to the possibility. But Texas just is not growing the kinds of jobs that would ever make it a world draw. I'm not a gambling man, but I'd take that bet and your money every day of the week.

Mar. 26 2014 11:02 AM
Josh from Manhattan

Seth, please. LOL... Someone could say the same about our winters. There is a new invention called air conditioning. I am no advocate for Texas, but I have to admit they have had the fasted economic growth in the country for a while now and one of the quickest growing populations, with plenty of inexpensive land to boot. I would not be surprised to see one of their cities grow to to rival NYC in the not to distant future.

Mar. 26 2014 10:55 AM

Seems that the Assemplyman needs to see if he can shake down "Shelley the Snake" before deciding on the NY Times's allegations.

Mar. 26 2014 10:49 AM

The greatest city in the world will never be in Texas. If for no other reason that the massive lost productivity during 100+ temp's for more than just the summer months. Please dare anyone to move their business to Texas. Lower taxes will never make up the difference.

Mar. 26 2014 10:47 AM
Seth Pecksniff

If NYC does not have the highest taxes, then what City should??? We're the biggest, the best, the most services, the most people, the most visitors, the biggest and most everything. Of course we have the highest taxes. If not us, who??? Anything esle would not make sense.

Mar. 26 2014 10:44 AM
Susan from Upper West Side

Martin Chuzzlewit, I will be in favor of corporate welfare when small businesses such as my own are given an equitable share of that welfare. There is a reason why it is difficult to compete as a small business owner when the bulk of the tax cuts go to large conglomerates or pseudo small businesses that in reality belong to those conglomerates. Quite frankly, I would love it if those large corporations moved to Texas and allowed smaller more innovative businesses to have a more level playing field.

Mar. 26 2014 10:43 AM

"If the budget passes, this school will close..."

Any facts to support such crystal ball conjecture? please, any facts at all?

Mar. 26 2014 10:41 AM

"Budgets are very complicated" to allow for politicians prevarications.

Does this man support a compulsory attendance requirement to enforce the "public good" intended by universal pre-K?

Mar. 26 2014 10:38 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Has this been noticed? - we have a local school called Blythedale for severely handicapped children who otherwise would have to be home schooled or have no outside the home experience. To get money for universal pre-K, the state is cutting funding for special schools. If the budget passes, this school will close, after decades of service. Please email the governor.

Mar. 26 2014 08:02 AM

"Education funding versus corporate tax cuts" ... gosh, what mensch could possibly object to this, eh?

Please ask Karim if he is aware that New York ranks 50th among states (for NYC public school grads - that is last) for corporate tax / business friendly environment ( in a nation that, since last April, has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. (While other nations are cutting corporate taxes).

So, we are at the bottom of the bottom (or the top of the top) – and he wants to go to the well for water yet again? Why does Karim Camara think that businesses, especially upstate / non-Wall Street businesses, will ignore this?
Hello, Texas.

Mar. 26 2014 05:54 AM

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