USNS Comfort Arrives In NY To Aid In Coronavirus Battle

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Bill Mesta / U.S. NavyNEW YORK — Critical relief arrived to New York on Monday in the form of the U.S. Naval Ship Comfort.The ship is expected to help doctors and nurses on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.There have been more than 66,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York State. Only Seneca County has no reported cases.“Anyone who says this situation is a New York City-only situation is in a state of denial,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “You see this virus move across the state. You see it move across this nation.” The Governor had a statewide healthcare establishment meeting to work together and foster more coordination.“We have hospitals in Upstate New York that are experiencing none of this — where they have staff capacity; they have bed capacity,” he said. “We need you now, here, in this fight and engaged.”As the virus spreads, Cuomo said the state “desperately” needs supplies. He said states, private hospitals and the federal government continue to compete against one another, which drives the prices up.“We’ve created a situation where you literally have hundreds of entities looking to buy the same exact materials, basically from the same place, which is China,” Cuomo explained.The Governor said that ventilators that once cost $20,000 to $30,000 can now cost $50,000.last_img read more

NY Lawmakers Seek To Protect Renters During Pandemic

first_imgDennis Capati / MGNALBANY — Three New York lawmakers are working together to introduce legislation that would protect renters from eviction during the response to the coronavirus pandemic.It’s call the Safe Harbor Act and would prevent landlords from evicting tenants for unpaid rent accrued during the State of Emergency plus six months after.If passed, it would strengthen the 90-day executive order preventing evictions. Landlords would continue to be able to seek judgments for unpaid rent but tenants would have housing stability with no threat of eviction for non-payment in the meantime. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I am a senior citizen who has a small one bedroom house I rent out. I bought it 11 yrs ago to supplement my social security. These are my only sources of income. With out the rent from my rental I can not pay my property taxes and several other bills. If the tenant does not pay their rent but is allowed to live there, I would loose everything. That is my income every much as if I had a job. If I loose it I will loose everything I have.last_img read more

Mitrano Responds To Reed Allegations About Campaign Expenditures

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) CORNING — The two candidates for the 23rd Congressional District, Incumbent Tom Reed and second-time challenger Tracy Mitrano, are at odds over a an allegation by Reed that Mitrano illegally misused campaign contributions.The campaign issued a statement that claims Mitrano is transferring funds from her campaign account directly to herself. According to the Federal Election Commission records, Mitrano paid herself $16,750 in “rent” payments since January 2019, Reed’s campaign said.Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit campaigns from paying the mortgage, rent, or utilities for the personal residence of the candidate or the candidate’s family even if part of the residence is being used by the campaign.Mitrano told WNYNewsNow that Reed is either ignorant of the facts, or intentionally lying. “There’s no FEC report because no violation occurred. He’s manufacturing the notion of it,” Mitrano said. “He is either willfully ignop\rant of the facts or, as I suspect, attempting to rearrange the facts in ways that he can manufacture an allegation that is completely untrue and inaccurate.”“You have to wonder if people know that when they contribute their hard earned money to Tracy’s campaign that they’re actually padding Tracy’s own pockets in violation of federal law. With spending decisions like these– the candidate profiting off of the campaign– it’s no wonder Tracy’s campaign is floundering,” said Matt Coker, spokesperson for the Reed campaign.Among all recipients of Mitrano campaign expenditures, Mitrano has personally received the third most, nearly as much as the campaign has spent on ads and more than the salary of any of her current campaign staff, according to the campaign. What’s more, Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit candidates from paying themselves from political donations before April 2, 2020.Mitrano said the property in question is in Ithaca and is currently used to store supplies, hold staff meetings and meet with area journalists. She said the property’s fair market range is between $3,000 and $5,000 a month, but the campaign is only paying $500 per month for use of the property.“What Tom Reed is trying to allege is that that is also my personal residence, but those are not the facts,” Mitrano said. “I live in Pen Yan, New York, and I have for the last three years.”“Tracy’s campaign reeks of self-interest and disregard for the law. Tracy’s supporters can’t trust her with their donations and voters can’t trust Tracy in congress,” continued Coker.“This is a manufactured lie cause Tom Reed can’t run on his record, as an incumbent is expected to do,” she said. “If you throw spaghetti on the wall and you see what sticks.”In a follow up press release,Mitrano’s campaign alleged financial misdeeds by Reed during his tenure in Congress.“There is one––and only one––politician in this race with a record of financial violations, and that is Tom Reed. Mitrano has continued to run a transparent race focused on the issues that truly impact New York’s 23rd District,” the release stated.“Over the course of his career in Washington, Reed has accepted millions in Corporate PAC and special interest funding, and used his campaign funds to wine and dine his donors. In a quick search of FEC filings, you can see Tom Reed has spent: Over $39,000 on tickets to sporting events; $28,568 on Christmas ornaments from the House Gift Shop and White House Historical Society; $12,324 at the Sonoma Wine Bar in Washington, D.C. and $11,413 for a 2019 donor retreat in Montana,” the campaign said.“Reed’s claim about Tracy’s ‘rent’ expenditure being in violation of FEC rules is a weak and ridiculous smokescreen to try to inoculate his campaign from his own financial misdeeds,” said Mitrano campaign manager Paula Younger.last_img read more

Jamestown Mayor’s 2021 Budget Includes No Layoffs, Property Tax Decrease

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist presented his 2021 Executive Budget Thursday, one that includes no layoffs for full-time employees, as well as a decrease in the property tax rate. Sundquist says that the property tax rate decrease of .72 percent, or $.17 per thousand in assessed value, is the largest decrease in a decade. For an average $70,000 home, that is a decrease of $11.90, according to Sundquist.  Additionally, Sundquist’s budget includes a decrease in the tax levy of $70,000.The cut comes despite a slew of challenges, including a projected $4 million dollar deficit to an already fiscally stressed municipality.“When faced with the prospect of being against the state constitutional taxing limit, low home values, and a structurally inflexible budget, if we just sat back and kept the City afloat, we were one storm away from sinking,” Sundquist said in a letter addressed to Jamestown City Council and the community at large. “Little did I know at the time, that one of the largest storms we have ever had to face was just beyond the horizon.” The Mayor, however, says that the cut comes with a caveat. The budget assumes a 20% cut in general purpose aid from the State, as well as local street and highway maintenance funding, according to Sundquist. In addition, he says the budget “further removes many of our recreation and event programming to ensure the City keeps staff.”“The City will begin in earnest to shift the responsibility of events toward community organizations,” he adds.Additionally, the Mayor cut $1.2 million from the 2020 adopted budget as part of Phase One of his Financial Reconstruction Plan. Sundquist said during the City Council Work Session last Monday that the municipality wouldn’t have to move to Phase Two.Sundquist also says that a major 2021 goal involves the increase in community engagement from several City departments. The following are points listed, verbatim, by the Mayor in his letter:Parks. “If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we must cherish our public parks. For the first time in 14 years, the Parks Department will have a new Parks Manager and a reimagined vision for recreation in the City. Our Recreation Coordinator will focus less on specific yearly events, and more to fostering community involvement, lifestyle, and year-round recreation.”Mayor’s Office. “The Mayor’s Office sees the addition of a Communications Coordinator/Grant Writer, who will assist all City departments in a centralized communication strategy and in funding opportunities. As many departments do not have the capacity to write grants or showcase their current projects, this dual role will allow City departments to communicate more clearly with the public and capture valuable dollars for projects.”Police Department. “As a part of reform initiatives, the Jamestown Police Department will be adding a new position of Citizen Affairs & Community Engagement Captain. This role is to focus on citizen engagement and ensuring our residents are connected to the resources they need in every interaction with our police. We must be committed to making our Police more connected with our community.”Sundquist says that City Council is required to hold a public hearing on the budget and then vote to ratify on, or before, Dec. 1st. If Council does not act by that date, the proposed Executive Budget goes into effect for 2021. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Congress Approves Bill To Crack Down On Racehorse Doping

first_imgBelmont Stakes / Twitter WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to ban race-day doping of horses and set national medication and track-safety standards for the horse-racing industry is nearing the finish line.Lawmakers gave final approval to the bill as part of the massive legislation on spending and pandemic relief.Passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act comes after a series of doping scandals and a rash of horse fatalities in recent years. More than two dozen people were charged last March in what authorities described as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them run faster.The House approved the bill by voice vote in September, sending it to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell co-sponsored similar legislation. The measure was eventually folded into the larger spending package. McConnell’s home state of Kentucky boasts some of the country’s top breeding farms and Churchill Downs, site of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the fabled Triple Crown.“Kentucky’s cherished horseracing traditions deserve to be protected. I’m proud the Senate agreed to my legislation to preserve our signature racing industry and the 24,000 workers who support it,” he said in a statement.The new law should “better protect every competitor and give each of them a fair shot at the winner’s circle,” McConnell said.Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., co-sponsored the House bill with Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.“For six years now, I have worked in a bipartisan fashion with my friend and partner in this effort, Congressman Andy Barr, to reform this noble sport to ensure it can continue to provide good jobs and support economic vitality″ in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and other horse-racing communities, Tonko said in a statement.The new law puts “the well-being of our horses and jockeys front and center, delivering common-sense medication reforms and track safety standards that will restore public trust and confidence,″ Tonko said. ”After this long race, I am delighted to see our legislation finally reach the winner’s circle.″Drew Fleming, president and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup, called the bill “the single most significant safety and integrity development in the history of Thoroughbred racing. This moment also demonstrates that great progress can be accomplished when the industry works together.″Horse racing has long been woven into the fabric of American culture, Tonko said during House debate, citing storied names such as Secretariat and Man o’ War that “stir the imagination of racing fans” around the world. Racing also serves as a major economic driver in many parts of the country, including New York, California and other states.Even so, the sport in recent years has seen “the devastating results that can occur when these equine athletes are pushed beyond their limits,″ Tonko said.A patchwork of state medical and safety regulations that are uneven and often unenforced compound the problem, Tonko and other lawmakers said.The newly passed bill would empower an independent Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to set uniform, national standards for medication, track safety and testing of horses for performance-enhancing drugs.The legislation is supported by a range of groups, including The Jockey Club, the New York Racing Association and the Humane Society of the United States.“Passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is the biggest news for horses in Congress in half a century and will put the welfare of the horses at the center of the enterprise,″ said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, an advocacy group. The bill also will ensure that the U.S. racing industry aligns with global standards, he said.Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said an average of at least eight horses die at the races every week. “Congressional intervention is imperative to protect these magnificent animals,″ she said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Country House, Starring Tony Winner Blythe Danner, Opens on Broadway

first_img wishes The Country House a happy opening! Invite us up sometime? We love drama. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. The Country House In honor of the Chekhov-inspired play’s opening night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast in action, with Danner front and center as Anna Patterson. Joining her, from left to right, are David Rasche as Walter, Kate Jennings Grant as Nell, Daniel Sunjata as Michael, Sarah Steele as Susie and Eric Lange as Elliott. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Blythe Danner is headed to the country…and you’re invited! The Tony winner stars in Donald Margulies’ The Country House, which celebrates its opening night on October 2. The Daniel Sullivan-helmed production will bring drama to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through November 23. Related Showslast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Anika Noni Rose, Idina Menzel, Motown Legends & More

first_imgPregame with Erich BergenDecember 29 at BirdlandGoing out on New Year’s Eve is risky. You can’t get a cab, the subways are packed, and the chance of a random stranger puking on your shoes increases by 32 percent. Let singer-actor Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio in the Jersey Boys film) ease your pain. His Early New Year’s Eve Party will feature numbers from his stage and screen career as well as his two EPs. Click for tickets! See (the Real) Motown on BroadwayBegins December 29 at the Palace TheatreYou loved Motown the Musical, right? Well, here’s your chance to see two of the vocal groups responsible for that show’s terrific music as the Temptations and The Four Tops hit the stage. You have until January 4 to see these showmen unleash a half-century of classic hits—let’s see today’s pop acts display that staying power. We’ll wait, Katy Perry. Click for tickets! Spend NYE with Two FavoritesDecember 31 at 54 BelowThere is no worse feeling in the world than expecting a night of New Year’s Eve revelry only to discover the “revelry” involves lukewarm spinach dip and stilted conversation. 54 Below, fortunately, has two options for a guaranteed kickass evening. First, playwright and drag legend Charles Busch unleashes a special New Year’s Eve show. Then, the always-game Laura Benanti rings in the New Year. Take that, boredom! Click for tickets here and here! Star Files Rock New Year’s Eve with IdinaDecember 31 on ABCAt every holiday or civic event Idina Menzel is there, whether it’s singing the national anthem at baseball’s All-Star Game or celebrating the holiday windows at Bloomingdale’s. Of course, she’s going to perform on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And, of course, she’ll sing “Let it Go.” And, of course, we’ll belt along, pretending to be the newly independent Elsa. Man, there’s nothing better than spending the holidays with people we love. Stay In with Jason Robert BrownJanuary 2 on PBSYou’ll probably still be recharging from the social destruction you unleashed on New Year’s Eve—but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain yourself. Make some tea, settle on the couch, and watch Jason Robert Brown in Concert, where the Tony-winning composer teams up with Anika Noni Rose and a team of Broadway musicians to perform songs from his impressive career. Expect songs from 13, The Last Five Years and Honeymoon in Vegas. View Comments Hey, you, waiting on line to return a bag of gifts from your colorblind aunt who still thinks you’re a size too small and a foot too tall. Leave that line and hit the town! There is a concert with Motown legends, a pre-New Year’s celebration with a Jersey Boy, and New Year’s Eve awesomeness with Charles Busch and Laura Benanti. Get ready for this week’s picks! Idina Menzellast_img read more

An American in Paris Glides Onto Broadway; Opens Officially

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. An American in Paris The new musical An American in Paris opens officially at Broadway’s Palace Theatre on April 12. The tuner, which features a book by Craig Lucas and the tunes of George and Ira Gershwin, stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in their Broadway debuts; they’ve got “Beginner’s Luck.”In honor of the Christopher Wheeldon-helmed production’s opening, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the toe-tapping cast in action. In addition to Fairchild and Cope as Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin, the portrait includes Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Max von Essen as Henri Baurel and Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg.Congratulations to the entire cast of An American in Paris! Hope your big night ‘s wonderful and full of rhythm.center_img View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Game of Thrones Should Come to Broadway?

first_img View Comments The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the awesome site that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday.Last week, we asked you to cast Dorothy in the forthcoming NBC broadcast of The Wiz. The results are in, and Glee’s Amber Riley came out on top. To celebrate the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones on April 12, we want to know: Which star of the hit series would you like to see on Broadway? GOT favorites like Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen and Aidan Gillen have already made their debuts, while Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and more would be total Broadway newbies. Who should leave Westeros and Essos to trod the boards of the Great White Way? Video Producer Anthony Taylor posted his list of top 10 picks here.STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.)Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show!last_img read more

Tony Nominee Kristin Chenoweth Set for Concert Tour After Twentieth Century

first_img Star Files View Comments On the Twentieth Century headliner Kristin Chenoweth has a Tony nom (plus a Tony hosting gig), a Drama Desk nom, an Outer Critics Circle nom, a Drama League nom and four Audience Choice Award noms. That’s a whole lotta noms. And how does she celebrate? By hitting the road! The pocket soprano will embark on a national concert tour beginning in Park City, Utah on August 8. On the Twentieth Century is scheduled to conclude its run on July 19.Prior to her star turn as Lily Garland, Chenoweth earned a Tony Award for her performance in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. She was also nominated for a little show called Wicked, and appeared on Broadway in The Apple Tree, Promises, Promises and Epic Proportions. She received an Emmy for playing Olive on Pushing Daisies, and was also nominated twice for her guest stint on Glee.The tour will also include stops in Virginia, California, Illinois, Florida and more. For the complete lineup, visit her website.The busy star also stopped by Live! with Kelly and Michael on May 5 and revealed how she keeps her voice in tip-top condition. Check out the interview below.center_img Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more