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  • Andrew Cuomo’s fracking follies (NY has the resources to create an energy boom, thousands of jobs)

    11/28/2012 12:09:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/26/2012 | Brad Gill
    Last week’s news that the state Department of Environmental Conservation will miss a Nov. 29 deadline to release regulations guiding future natural-gas exploration in New York was another blow to a beleaguered industry — an industry, by the way, that has operated safely in New York for decades and isn’t asking for a dime of public money to expand here. This latest delay is necessary, according to the state, for three “experts” chosen by the state Health Department to review the potential health impacts. Never mind that these experts have already made public statements that suggest a bias against natural-gas...
  • Plan Would Provide Help to Contest Deportation Cases

    11/28/2012 7:21:56 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 27, 2012 | KIRK SEMPLE
    In 2010, a federal judge in New York City convened a task force of prominent immigration lawyers, academics and advocates to tackle a longstanding problem: the dearth of legal representation for immigrants fighting deportation.Now, after extensive debate and research, this group has developed a plan to create a network of legal service providers to represent all low-income immigrants in the region who have been detained and face deportation. The network would be the first of its kind in the country, say its proponents. “While a number of states have entered the immigration arena in ways generally hostile to immigrants, a...
  • Cuomo Dipping Toe In '16 Water With Star-Studded Hurricane Sandy PSA?

    11/28/2012 5:41:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Throughout his tenure as Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has chosen to maintain a suprisingly low profile. Think quick: how much footage have you seen of him in the Hurricane Sandy aftermath compared to his cross-George Washington Bridge buddy, Chris Christie? But has Cuomo finally decided the time has come to make himself more visible? A PSA for Hurricane Relief, aired on Morning Joe today, featured a star-studded cast of Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Whoopi Goldberg, Edie Falco, Michael J. Fox and Julianna Margulies and Nathan Lane. One panel, devoid of reference to the relief organization, starkly read "Join...
  • Breakaway Democrats Favor Coalition With G.O.P. in State Senate

    11/27/2012 7:06:35 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    November 27, 2012 Top Breakaway Democrat Pushes G.O.P. Coalition in State Senate By THOMAS KAPLAN Jeffrey D. Klein has been taking calls from labor leaders and rank-and-file state senators. He ate pasta with the Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, a Republican from Long Island. And he sat down, he said, to “clear the air” with the minority leader, John L. Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat. For three weeks, Senator Klein has been at once a sought-after and resented man in Albany. When the State Legislature reconvenes in January, he could hold the Senate’s fate in his hands: he leads a...
  • Backlash against Big Wind Continues

    11/27/2012 12:35:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 27, 2012 | Robert Bryce
    The Left and the mainstream media ignore a new lawsuit against a wind-energy plant. Last month, 60 residents of New York’s Herkimer County filed a lawsuit in Albany that provides yet another example of the growing backlash against the wind-energy sector. It also exposes the double standard that exists in both the mainstream media and among environmental groups when it comes to “green” energy.The main defendant in the lawsuit is the Spanish electric utility Iberdrola, which is the second-largest wind-energy operator in the U.S. The Herkimer County residents — all of whom live within a mile or so of the...
  • Officials probe how secret confetti rained on Macy's parade

    11/26/2012 6:27:46 PM PST · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. | By Michael Muskal
    When Thanksgiving Day parade-goers in Manhattan looked into the confetti-filled sky last week, they may have seen more than they bargained for. Nassau County police announced that they are investigating how some of their confidential records including social security numbers and even details about a motorcade for Mitt Romney, then the GOP presidential candidate, ended up as joyous scraps raining from buildings on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. “I'm just completely in shock. How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?” Inspector Kenneth Lack, from the Nassau County Police...
  • Ulster count may determine NY Senate control

    11/26/2012 2:01:17 PM PST · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    ALBANY, N.Y. — The count of paper ballots in two critical New York state Senate races is in the final stages this week, with control of the chamber hanging in the balance. The seesawing leads continue in the 46th Senate District, where Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT'-chihk) trails by about 700 votes with more than 3,000 votes yet to be counted in her Ulster County stronghold. Republican George Amedore (AM'-uh-dohr) has the lead after being behind on election night. The counting resumes Tuesday and the race could be decided by the end of the day.
  • Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, Schumer

    11/25/2012 4:19:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, SchumerBy Alexander Bolton - 11/25/12 06:00 AM ET One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run...
  • New York Churches Facing Eviction Despite Hurricane Sandy Help

    11/25/2012 5:05:15 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://www.charismanews.com ^ | november 24, 2012
    The city of New York continues to seek eviction of churches meeting for worship services in public school buildings on weekends, even after many of the congregations have ministered to the communities in which they meet in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration has also come under fire for banning food donations to homeless shelters, has not intervened to stop his Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to oust the churches. “Churches that have been helping communities for years should be allowed to continue to offer the hope that empty buildings can’t,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior...
  • On a Largely Blue Island, an Exception: Trump Tower (91 NYC districts 100% Obama?)

    11/24/2012 11:07:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    Its black glass exterior soars high above Fifth Avenue, and its gold-tipped revolving doors have spun the likes of Bruce Willis and Anne Hathaway into its waterfall-splashed atrium. But on Election Day, Trump Tower earned a different sort of distinction: a tiny island of Romneyville amid Manhattan’s deep, blue-state sea. … Mr. Romney won a single Manhattan precinct outright, a stretch of Park Avenue near the Waldorf-Astoria, where six voters showed up and four chose the Republican. But he suffered a resounding defeat in New York, a rare outbreak of consensus in a city famous for fevered disagreement: in 91...
  • Hurricane Sandy: Staten Island Survivors

    11/21/2012 7:15:33 PM PST · by Kartographer · 79 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/21/12
    As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, thousands of families in the northeast face a difficult holiday season. For those still reeling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, emotions are still raw and futures are uncertain. Reuters photographer Mike Segar visited Staten Island last week, spending time with residents hard-hit by Sandy. He collected not just their portraits but their stories, as they stood amid the wreckage of what had been their homes, businesses, and places of worship. While there was anger and sadness on display, there was also a sense of gratitude for the outpouring of help from afar,...
  • Insolvency looms for NY school districts

    11/21/2012 3:20:01 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    BUFFALO, N.Y. — More than 40 percent of New York school superintendents say they will be unable to balance their budgets within four years if obligations and income continue on the current path, and even more say they won't be able to keep up with student instruction and services mandates. A membership survey by the New York State Council of School Superintendents shows that amid a statewide push for improved student performance, districts are depleting reserve funds and cutting staff and programs to remain afloat, even with increases in state aid. "The challenge school district leaders face is not just...
  • Emperor Bloomberg’s bureaucracy gone mad: City inspectors hassling heroes who feed Sandy victims

    11/21/2012 9:34:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | november 20, 2012
    On Sunday, Eustace and dozens of fellow firefighter volunteers served 800 free hot meals from a steamy Army tent in this hemorrhaging beach community, where there are no longer stores or restaurants, where most people have no gas to cook with, no heat or hot water and no hot food. That afternoon, a freon-blooded inspector from the city’s Department of Health issued Eustace a notice of violation for not meeting the same food-handling standards as, say, the Four Seasons. This is beyond outrageous. This is Emperor Bloomberg’s bureaucracy gone completely mad in a time of death and destruction in the...
  • Lebanon War victims alter game of terror financing

    11/21/2012 8:54:27 AM PST · by ilcenter · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/21/2012 15:33 | YONAH JEREMY BOB
    Terror groups may no longer be able to do transactions in US dollars after a groundbreaking ruling by the highest state court in New York, the New York Court of Appeals, announced Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center, on Wednesday. The ruling was issued on Tuesday in favor of victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks from the 2006 Lebanon War and could be a “game changer” in the global financial war on terror financing. Until now, terror financing could avoid scrutiny in the US by making fund transfers through American correspondent banks. A correspondent bank essentially serves as a middle bank...
  • How to Survive Societal Collapse in Suburbia

    11/20/2012 7:39:58 PM PST · by dynachrome · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11-16-12 | KEITH O’BRIEN
    On a clear morning in May, Ron Douglas left his home in exurban Denver, eased into his Toyota pickup truck and drove to a business meeting at a Starbucks. Douglas, a bearded bear of a man, ordered a venti double-chocolate-chip Frappuccino — “the girliest drink ever,” he called it — and then sat down to discuss the future of the growing survivalist industry. The fact that Douglas not only told me where he lives but also invited me to visit him would be considered a huge mistake by many in the prepping world. Revealing your location runs the risk of...
  • Roger Ailes: ‘My life would be so much easier if I were just more liberal.’

    11/20/2012 1:29:08 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 19 replies
    TV Newser ^ | Nov. 20, 012 | Chris Ariens
    When Roger Ailes was a kid he used to watch Roy Rogers movies. He used to love the part where “the cattle would all start heading toward the cliff in a stampede. And one poor son-of-a-bitch had to go out there and ride on a horse and ride into the middle of it and try to turn the whole herd.” That’s how the 72-year-old co-founder of Fox News sees himself today. “If someone’s got to go in there and turn the herd at least I’m willing to wade in and try it,” Ailes told TVNewser during a lengthy interview in...
  • NYT Once Again Unaware of Terrorists in Gaza See no terrorists, hear no terrorists

    11/19/2012 6:09:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    free beacon ^ | 11/19/12 | staff
    The New York Times once again appears to be unaware of the presence of terrorists in the Gaza Strip. In a new report on developments in the latest round of Israel-Hamas violence, the Times says: On Sunday, Israeli forces attacked two buildings housing local broadcasters and production companies used by foreign outlets. Israeli officials denied targeting journalists, but on Monday Israeli forces again blasted the Al Sharouk block, a multiuse building where many local broadcasters, as well as Sky News of Britain and the channel Al Arabiya, had offices. That attack, which struck a computer shop on the third floor,...
  • Can Mitt Romney Save Hostess?

    11/19/2012 1:19:44 PM PST · by drewh · 57 replies
    Long Island Poltics ^ | Fri, Nov 16, 2012
    Could Mitt Romney save Hostess? Like him or not, if you have ever shopped at a Staples and/or Sports Authority, you have Mitt Romney and his Bain Capital buddies to thank. And now that Mr. Romney is not running — well anything, maybe he can shift his energy towards an endeavor greater than saving the nation from the “looming fiscal cliff” … and rescue my favorite cakes from extinction. Sure President Obama may have saved the auto-industry, but bring back Ho Ho’s, Sno-Balls and Wonder Bread and Virginia, Minnesota & Michigan become easy wins in the next presidential election. Wanna...
  • Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone? (NY Slimes Super Barf Alert)

    11/19/2012 1:07:19 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 18, 2012, 11:14 pm | By THOMAS B. EDSALL
    The conservative talk show host, who had been an upbeat, if initially doubtful, Romney supporter throughout the campaign, was on a post-election downer: In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins? And say what you want, but Romney did offer a vision of traditional America. In his way, he put forth a great vision of traditional America, and it was rejected. It was rejected in favor of a guy who thinks that those who are working aren’t doing enough to help those who aren’t. And that resonated. Limbaugh echoed a Republican theme that...
  • A Picture Worth $13 Billion?

    11/16/2012 6:18:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 16, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    How do you know when government is broken and rife with incompetence? A good indicator could be when Federally managed workers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are lining up for food handed out by an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy Sandy. Last week, FEMA shut down its New York centers set up to respond the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy because of… bad weather. This left a disaster aid void that was filled by independent volunteer groups, including Occupy Sandy. Many residents in the region reported feeling abandoned by the Federal helpers sent to aid them....
  • Obama vows not to forget storm victims rebuilding [Lying sack o' crap alert]

    11/16/2012 4:48:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 16, 2012 | Matthew Daly
    President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to stick with New Yorkers still struggling 17 days after Superstorm Sandy "until the rebuilding is complete" after getting an up-close look at devastated neighborhoods rendered unlivable. Obama brought the spotlight to people still without heat or electricity and hugged many of those trying to rebuild their lives. He also delivered a postelection message of unity, nine days after a closely divided America gave him a second term. "During difficult times like this, we're reminded that we're bound together and we have to look out for each other," Obama said from a Staten Island street...
  • Obama’s war on energy is a war on jobs: Natural gas gives the economy much-needed boost

    11/15/2012 10:30:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 15, 2012 | William C. Triplett II
    Three hours west of Washington, D.C., U.S. Route 50 emerges from the West Virginia forest in a gentle curve. On the south side of the highway rises an enormous natural gas drilling rig. To its left and slightly behind it is a gas separation plant under construction. This is the “wet gas” portion of the Marcellus shale-gas play that underlies Appalachia. The separation plant will divide the wet gas into propane, pentane, butane and the like. In front of the rig and closest to the highway is a kind of filling station with color-coded fittings instead of hoses on the...
  • Xerox will lay off 2,500 employees

    11/15/2012 8:45:32 PM PST · by knak · 26 replies
    WXXI news ^ | 11/14/12 | crichton
    Xerox announced today they will lay off 2,500 workers world wide. This comes as a result of the company taking a $100 million charge to enable restructuring in the fourth quarter. The majority of cuts will be in the service side of the Xerox business, despite a growth in this section for the company. Services now account for more than half of Xerox's revenue. Employment in Rochester is primarily centered on the technology side of the business, or the company's legacy side, Xeroc officials say. No details have been released on the impact of any reductions in the Rochester area.
  • President Obama takes a helicopter tour of New York to view Sandy´s devastation

    11/15/2012 1:05:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/12 | Meghan Keneally
    President Obama praised the resilient New York attitude and the efforts of rescue workers during his talk after touring areas of Queens and Staten Island that were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.‘I´m very proud of you, New York. You guys are tough you bounce back,’ he said while visiting New Dorp Beach in Staten Island. After a brief helicopter tour of Queens- passing over particularly devastated areas like Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point- they arrived in Staten Island where they examined the damage by foot.
  • Sandy victim to Obama: Where have you been?

    11/15/2012 12:40:17 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 15, 2012
    Obama, touring parts of New York City slammed by Hurricane Sandy, was chided by a girl for ignoring the disaster. As the president waded through a supply center, a girl who was waiting for goods told a reporter, "We need help--he should of been here a long time ago,"
  • 2 New York Israeli Muslims who claimed $5 million lottery ticket after 5 years arrested

    11/15/2012 4:14:38 AM PST · by expat1000 · 21 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | November 14, 2012 | Sarah Weiss
    2 Israeli Muslims from Jerusalem, now living in New York, claimed they won a $5 million lottery payout, with a ticket they bought in their father’s store. They waited until shortly before the winning ticket of $5 million in a scratch-off lottery game would have been declared void. Then, when two brothers from the Syracuse, New York, area came to claim the prize, they made an unusual request: They told state lottery officials that they would be happy to take home less than the full amount if they could avoid a press conference. Officials immediately became suspicious, saying a security...
  • Jobless claims leap 78,000 to 439,000; storm cited [actual headline]

    11/15/2012 5:42:54 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 102 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11/15/12 | Obama suck-up
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy sent U.S. jobless claims soaring by 78,000 in the week ended Nov. 10 to an 18-month high of 439,000, according to the latest government figures. A Labor Department official on Thursday said claims surged in the eastern parts of the country that laid in the path of the storm....
  • Brooklyn Democrat Sides With GOP in State Senate

    11/14/2012 9:51:03 PM PST · by Arthurio · 9 replies
    By Laura Nahmias Fresh off winning election to the state Senate as a Brooklyn Democrat, Simcha Felder said Tuesday he planned to caucus with Republicans in Albany, further complicating a struggle for control of the chamber. Felder’s decision to vote with the GOP conference was first reported by political blog Capital Tonight and was confirmed by his campaign spokesman. Felder, who represents an Orthodox Jewish district in southern Brooklyn, will give the Republicans 31 seats in the Senate, where a party needs 32 votes to elect a majority leader. The Senate Democrats currently hold 30 seats in the chamber and...
  • Lena Dunham (Obama Virgin Voter Ad Girl) Wins Glamours 'Woman of the Year'

    11/14/2012 4:03:48 PM PST · by drewh · 15 replies
    Bretibart's Big Journalism ^ | 12 Nov 2012 | by Ben Shapiro
    Nothing says class and glamour quite like comparing voting for the first time to losing your virginity. And nothing says grace and style like winning a national award for doing so. Now, the epitome of class, glamour, grace and style – Lena Dunham, who cut the infamous Obama campaign commercial suggesting that sleeping with Obama and voting for him were one and the same – has won Glamour’s “Woman of the Year Award.” In fact, Glamour labels her The Voice of a Generation. To which the American people reply: we’ll sell our bonds. Other winners include important figures ranging from...
  • Watch | Digging Out in the Rockaways With the Help of Military Veterans

    11/14/2012 8:46:11 AM PST · by Alice in Wonderland · 6 replies
    WNYC News ^ | November 13, 2012 | Jennifer Hsu
    Kathy Maggio, 56, lives a half block away from the beach on 126th Street, in a one-story brick house in Rockaway, Queens. Hurricane Sandy severely damaged her house: Flood waters gushed in, leaving leaking ceilings, a ruined skylight, water-logged walls and a basement full of destroyed furniture, rugs, and boxes of photos and keepsakes. Maggio said she saw volunteers in her hard-hit neighborhood shortly after the storm hit. "So I saw these guys walking around, removing debris at a neighbor's house," Maggio said. Two days later, she said, half a dozen volunteers were at her door. They were members of...
  • Government-owned Utility Fails on Long Island (Thousands still without power)

    11/14/2012 7:26:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, once considered a rising star Democrat, is facing a storm of criticism over the dismal performance of the state-owned electrical utility, Long Island Power Authority, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Even today, over ten thousand Long Islanders remain without power. The danger signs were obvious well before Sandy hit. The New York Post wrote: ***** A state-authorized independent analysis undertaken after Hurricane Irene last year found LIPA to be an outdated, barely competent organization. The agency had ignored a 2006 recommendation that it update its management system, which runs on an obsolete 25-year-old computer...
  • SI cops’ killer eyed as too dumb for death

    11/13/2012 7:47:52 AM PST · by massmike · 15 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/13/2012 | MITCHEL MADDUX
    <p>They say he’s too dumb to die for his heinous crimes.</p> <p>A federal judge has scheduled a series of hearings later this month for testimony about whether a man convicted of the execution-style murder of two undercover NYPD officers is mentally competent to face the death penalty — again.</p>
  • Lakeland Electric lineman breaks jaw, cheek bone in attack while restoring power in NY

    11/13/2012 6:56:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | November 13, 2012 | Ryan Raiche
    LAKELAND, Fla. - A bay area electrical lineman who got attacked while helping restore power in the storm-ravaged area of New York will likely need surgery to repair his face. John Applewhite was wrapping up a long day Friday with his 24-member crew from Lakeland Electric, when they pulled into a restaurant for a much needed dinner break. That's when a stranger drove up, yelled something, and took a swing at John.
  • Red Tape? Non-Union FEMA Crews, Water and Other Supplies Sit Idle Thanks To Unions & Red Tape

    11/12/2012 12:07:33 PM PST · by dirtboy · 26 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/12/2012 | LaborUnionReport
    It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy killed 113 people, wiped out portions of towns, and knocked out power to millions. It has also been two weeks since Barack Obama pledged, “No bureaucracy. No red tape.” However, according to multiple public and private sources, unions and union-related red tape are causing workers from out of state to be turned back, as well as workers contracted by FEMA, as well as tons of supplies, already in New York and New Jersey to sit idle—at a cost of millions to taxpayers. It has already been well publicized though the Daily Caller how...
  • Queens gas-station owner spills on shortage and line lunacy

    11/12/2012 8:02:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/12/2012 | The Gas Man
    A Queens gas-station owner says the fuel shortage could be fixed instantly if panicky drivers calmed down and hoarders, profiteers and scammers were stopped. In the two weeks since Hurricane Sandy, he’s been cursed at, spit on and nearly punched in the face by motorists. Fearing reprisals from his supplier, he requested anonymity to relate his experiences from the front lines of the fuel lines to The Post’s Kathianne Boniello. New Yorkers, stop being stupid. I’ve never seen such incredible selfishness in my entire life. This fuel shortage is bringing out the worst in people. At first, I set a...
  • Rising number of states seeing one-party rule

    11/10/2012 9:33:32 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2012 | Keely Brazil
    In a little-noticed footnote to last week’s election, state legislature elections this year have produced the highest number of states with one-party rule in 60 years. Democrats or Republicans now have sole control of the governorship and both legislative chambers in 37 state capitals around the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which tracks party representation in the country’s 50 state governments, Democrats now control all three bases of power – the governorship and both houses of the state legislature – in 14 states and Republicans in 23, with only 12 states sharing power. (Nebraska’s unicameral...
  • Obama's Hurricane Sandy Trip to New York Timed to Brother-in-Law's Basketball Tourney

    11/10/2012 5:17:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 15 replies
    Saturday, November 10, 2012 | Kristinn
    Priorities. While hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are still suffering without heat and power, Barack Obama is waiting until Thursday, November 15 to visit New York City to meet with struggling survivors of Hurricane Sandy and review the recovery process firsthand. The visit happens to come on the same day that Obama's college basketball coach brother-in-law will be in town for a tournament.Obama paid an election-savvy visit to New Jersey on October 31, right after Sandy hit, but held off visiting New York City at the request of Mayor Mike Bloomberg as the city was not prepared for a...
  • Frustrated residents protest outside New York utility

    11/10/2012 4:36:30 PM PST · by granada · 34 replies
    AP via Yahoo (propaganda machine) ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | Mae Anderson
    Even as the lights came for many who lost power in New York and New Jersey during the superstorm and a later nor'easter, hundreds of residents protested Saturday outside a Long Island utility, frustrated by its slow response to outages. Power restoration has been slower there than in other areas hit by Superstorm Sandy, sparking criticism of the Long Island Power Authority. Some of the 130,000 blacked out homes and businesses the utility serves may not have power restored until the end of Tuesday, LIPA said. In the rest of the region hardest hit by the storm, most service was...
  • Tempers fray as many in U.S. Northeast still without power

    11/10/2012 11:07:41 AM PST · by granada · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | Edward Krudy
    Frustration with continuing power outages, travel chaos, and long lines for gasoline grew on Saturday as residents of Long Island, hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, planned to a protest outside the headquarters of the local utility company. Residents said they would take to the streets for a second day outside the Long Island Power Authority in Hicksville. There are still over 400,000 customers without power nearly two weeks after the storm, and more than 170,000 are on Long Island. Meanwhile, New Yorkers faced their second day of gasoline rationing. Under the system, which was introduced in New Jersey last week,...
  • White House says Christie's people easier to deal with than Cuomo's people

    11/10/2012 7:02:50 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | Last Updated: 8:52 AM, November 10, 2012 | By JOSH MARGOLIN
    It’s true love between the Democratic president and the Republican governor of New Jersey. More than a week after President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie toured sections of the Jersey Shore ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, the White House remains “stunned” at how helpful Christie and his team have been and how easy it is to work with them... “The Christie people are so much easier to deal with than the Cuomo people,” a senior administration official said, referring to Gov. Cuomo. “New York wants to do everything alone, but we’re working with Christie really well. It’s weird.” Obama...
  • Sandy: Tempers heated among New Yorkers still in the cold

    11/10/2012 7:26:54 AM PST · by Perdogg · 170 replies
    rally was scheduled on Long Island Saturday for fed-up utility customers to voice their frustration about still being without power nearly two weeks after superstorm Sandy struck, CBS Station WCBS reports. Many residents will spend their 13th day in the dark and cold Saturday, and there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel
  • Town considers layoffs, closing transfer station

    11/09/2012 2:24:14 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 5 replies
    The town did some slicing and dicing last week, reducing the tax levy increase by half to 4.4 percent on an $11.2 million budget proposal, and offering more possible cuts that would get it under the two percent tax cap. Supervisor Kelly Myers put $394,000 in cuts on the table last week. Of those cuts, the board would need to select $225,000 to get the tax increase under two percent. Implementing all the cuts would bring the tax levy increase to around zero percent. The biggest cut on the table is closing the town’s transfer station, which has been losing...
  • Airport screeners ratify first-ever union contract with TSA

    11/09/2012 12:52:53 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | November 09, 2012 | Steve Strunsky
    The nation’s 44,000 newly unionized airport screeners have ratified their first-ever collective bargaining agreement, giving them more say in what they wear on the job, the shifts they work and the time off they take, whether they can change from part-time to full-time work or back, their union announced today. The American Federation of Government Employees union, which won the right to represent the screeners in an election last year, said its members voted 17,326 to 1,774 in favor of ratifying the first labor deal struck with the Transportation Security Administration since the agency was founded 10 years ago in...
  • Sen. Schumer: Economic Growth from Less Taxes is ‘A Rumpelstiltskin Fairy Tale’

    11/09/2012 11:19:58 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 56 replies
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the premise that cutting taxes will result in greater economic growth is “a Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale”. At the Nov. 8th Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington, Schumer praised House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on the tone of his recent remarks about working with the president on debt reduction...
  • Officials Want Military to Take Over Power Restoration on Long Island

    11/09/2012 10:30:39 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Nov 9, 2012 | Greg Cergol
    Some officials are calling for the U.S. military to take over the managerial structure of the Long Island Power Authority until power is restored on Long Island, where more than a quarter million homes and businesses are still in the dark after Sandy and a snowstorm. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and U.S. Rep. Peter King will ask the federal government for help, a spokesman for King tells NBC 4 New York. ... LIPA was warned as long ago as 2006 that it was not prepared to handle a major storm, that it badly needed to replace outdated technology and...
  • Resident: "Staten Island is dead... it's been abandoned... Obama and Bloomberg lied to us..."

    11/09/2012 7:46:28 AM PST · by pabianice · 152 replies
    Fox News Live | 11/9/12 | Boden
    Staten Island resident William Boden interviewed by phone. Staten Island has been abandoned. No electricity, no gas, no heat. People without shelter, clothing, food, water. Staten Island is gone and will never come back. Obama and Bloomberg lied to us. Red Cross absent. Promised FEMA aid absent. No aid of any kind. People lost all personal possessions in flooded, wrecked houses.
  • Gas rationing to start in N.Y. and N.J. [Get used to it...also coming with healthcare]

    11/09/2012 2:01:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | November 9, 2012
    For those in the New York area suffering not only from the devastating storms but also from gas lines that have lasted longer than a work shift, some relief is on the way Friday. Leaders announced gas rationing in parts of New York and New Jersey in an effort to address the gas shortage brought on by the one-two punch of Superstorm Sandy and this week's nor'easter. "Drivers are still facing long lines, frustrations are only growing and it now appears that there will be shortages for possibly another couple of weeks," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Thursday...
  • CVPH lays off 17 as part of fiscal belt-tightening

    11/08/2012 11:48:33 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 3 replies
    PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center has handed pink slips to 17 employees. The layoffs — nine in management and eight hourly staffers — are part of an effort to “help bolster the hospital’s financial position in 2013 and beyond,” the hospital said in a statement. “We received direction from our Board of Directors to move forward in an in-depth and thoughtful fashion” to determine which positions would be cut, CVPH President Stephens Mundy said in an interview. “We made sure that we looked throughout the organization in making our decision.” The management cuts included a top-level administrator, though Mundy would...
  • Gasoline Rationing Comes To New York

    11/08/2012 4:38:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/08/2012 | Tyler Durden
    From the mayor who made owning an 18oz+ container of coke a summary offense, comes this: Effective 6 am 11/9: drivers in NYC whose license plates end in an even number or zero will be able to buy gas only on even-numbered days— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 8, 2012 Drivers in NYC whose license plates end with a letter will be classified as “odd” and may only buy gas on odd-numbered days— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) November 8, 2012  In case anyone gets any ideas, the NYPD will be there to enforce counting skills: NYPD officers will be deployed at...
  • Nor’easter ‘kicks us while we’re down’: stories from the storm

    11/08/2012 3:07:10 PM PST · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    Yahoo News - The Lookout ^ | 11/8/12 | Tim Skillern
    Just as utility companies in the Northeast fixed power lines and some residents regained heat and electricity, another powerful storm rocked the New York area on Wednesday, sparking fears that the region could again plunge into darkness and freezing temperatures. Yahoo! News invited residents to share their short anecdotes and photos from the nor'easter. Here are some excerpts.