Cuomo Takes Aim at Public Corruption

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during press conference announcing Public Trust Act.New York’s top elected official is now setting his sights on the next crisis at hand—public corruption.Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday joined a team of district attorneys from across the state, including Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, in proposing the Public Trust Act, which would empower local prosecutors and creates a new class of public corruption crimes.“Over the past few days there have been several charges brought against public officials,” the governor said. “They span city and state government, they span Democrats and Republicans and they paint a truly ugly picture of our political landscape.”“I’d like to say that this is an unprecedented situation, that public corruption is a new problem, but it isn’t,” he added. “And in many ways that’s what makes it worse. There have been too many incidents for too many years.”Under the proposed legislation, which the governor will try to push through during this legislative session, there will be new crimes for violating public trust. The new class of crimes would include bribery of a public servant, corrupting the government and failure to report public corruption. The penalties also call for a lifetime ban from government for anyone who has been convicted of public corruption.“Prosecutors need better tools to hold public officials accountable when they betray the public’s trust,” Rice said in a statement, noting that the “proposal provides a much-needed overhaul to New York’s public corruption laws so we can better investigate and prosecute those who defraud the taxpayers, while strengthening the penalties for those who abuse their office.”The proposal comes one week after State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) was arrested on bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly bribing Republican leaders in an attempt to get his name on the GOP line in the New York City mayoral race.And on Thursday, Assemb. Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx), was arrested and charged with conspiracy and bribery. Prosecutors accused Stevenson of taking more than $22,000 in bribes to write legislation.“If you are a public official and if you break the law you will get caught, you will be prosecuted and you will go to jail,” said Cuomo.The governor acknowledged that he would “like to strike while the iron is hot,” a tactic that he just recently used to pass tougher gun control laws after the Newtown, Conn. shooting.The Public Trust Act would increase bribery penalties and it would for the first time make it a crime for any public official or employee to fail to report bribery.last_img read more

Honing board recruitment

first_imgProspective directors’ expectations and concerns about board service.Credit unions are among an estimated 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, many of which are seeking talented and committed individuals to serve on their boards. A recent survey of people who’ve served as directors on nonprofit boards offers insights on prospective candidates’ expectations and concerns about board service.Half of all respondents to the 2014 survey by the National Center for Charitable Statistics identified personal fulfillment as their most prized benefit of serving on a nonprofit board. The opportunity for professional development was the next most common benefit, cited by 20 percent, and 16 percent of those surveyed identified refinement of leadership skills as a key benefit.The most important consideration in deciding whether to sign on as a director was the level of expected involvement, cited by 50 percent of respondents. That finding supports the need to clearly delineate the duties and time commitment that comes with board service. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jamaican PM pleased with energy sector

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica has the potential to produce up to 50 per cent of the energy the country needs from renewable sources. But, he warned the island “has to think carefully and strategically as to how it uses the alternatives that God has given us.”The prime minister made the remarks after touring the BMR Jamaica Wind in St. Elizabeth. He said, “The renewable (energy source) here at BMR is wind. I certainly believe that there is great potential on this side of the island, between Manchester and St. Elizabeth, for there to be an expansion in wind-generating plants,” he told reporters following the tour.Integrated resource planHolness said his administration is currently developing an integrated resource plan that will project the country’s future energy requirements and how those needs can be supplied by using renewables, in particular, wind and solar.He said that the nation’s solar energy capacity is being expanded and “very soon another solar plant will be open, and we are also looking at waste energy. All of these are environmentally friendly solutions.”Impressed with BMRThe Prime Minister said he is very impressed with what BMR has been doing, noting that “the posture taken in the development of this plant is one that integrates the community. I was very pleased to see that farmers are allowed to continue farming, with, of course, an appropriate level of respect for the investment that has been made in the plant. It shows you can have this kind of investment and still integrate the community… to have the community act as protectors of the plant as well.”Price of wind energy going downHolness also said he was very happy to hear from BMR that the price of wind energy is going down and that its unit price is “amazingly good. “The technology is improving, and the cost of the equipment to generate (wind energy) is going down, making it more accessible,” he said.BMR chief executive officer, Bruce Levy, said the plant, which has been in operation since July 2016, comprises 11 state-of-the-art wind turbines, each producing 3.3 megawatts of power, for a total of 36 megawatts.“Our first year of operation was fantastic… right on plan. Getting the equipment here was a pioneering effort, and we want to thank everyone who participated in that,” he said, noting the company also built an 18-kilometre transmission line from the BMR site in Malvern to the neighboring Spur Tree district. “We want to thank all the folks that allowed us to run the transmission line past their property.“We are operating now with 100 per cent Jamaican employees. We are also proud of the fact that we supply the lowest cost of renewable energy in Jamaica,” he added.For more on Jamaica’s energy, click the link: Jamaican government looks to diversificationlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Emergency Services Camp Team

first_imgAlmost 30 students between Grades 10-12 from throughout the West Kootenay successfully completed the 2016 Nelson Emergency Services Camp.The camp is coordinated by the Nelson Police Department in conjunction with the Nelson RCMP, Nelson Fire Rescue, Nelson Search and Rescue, and BC Ambulance and is based on previous successful years of Police Camp in Nelson.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the students and instructors at the three day camp with Team of the Week.last_img


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2016)–Doubledown Stables’ consistent Ben’s Duchess heads a field of nine older fillies and mares going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by John Sadler, Ben’s Duchess, who was an impressive 3 ¼ length winner of the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong L.A. Woman Stakes two starts back on Oct. 4, comes off a fourth place finish in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies here on Dec. 26.The La Brea was the only race in which the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Munnings has been out of the money in 10 career starts, as she has a lifetime mark of 10-4-1-4, with earnings of $240,936. A bona fide sprinter, Ben’s Duchess has won at distances from 5 ½ to 6 ½ furlongs, but is winless in two tries at seven furlongs.A hard-hitting 6-year-old mare, Living The Life was a Grade II winner going 6 ½ furlongs on synthetic two starts back on Sept. 7 at Presque Isle Downs (near Erie, Pa.), and she shortens up off a troubled sixth in the Grade II, one mile turf Goldikova Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 1.An Irish-bred who had raced exclusively in England prior to coming to trainer Gary Mandella’s barn in the summer of 2014, Living The Life has acclimated well, winning four of nine stateside starts. Owned by HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing, LLC, Living The Life is 12-4-3-2 at seven furlongs and she’s          28-9-5-2 overall with earnings of $791,704.A winner of the Grade II Monrovia Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, trainer Jim Cassidy’s classy Prize Exhibit, who has three Southern California graded stakes wins on turf to her credit, will try to transfer that form to the main track in the Santa Monica. Owned by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing, LLC, the 4-year-old filly will try natural dirt for the first time in her 21st career start. With six wins from 20 lifetime tries, she has earnings of $530,800.Second, beaten a nose, by eventual Eclipse Award winner Stellar Wind in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Summertime Oaks here four starts back on June 20, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Tara’s Tango seeks her first graded stakes win for Jerry Hollendorfer.The complete field for the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 123; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 118; Kiss At Midnight, Gary Stevens, 118; Lost Bus, Fernando Perez, 118; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 118; Room for Me, Martin Garcia, 118; Living The Life, Flavien Prat, 123; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 118, and Finest City, Corey Nakatani, 118.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

Video Interview with TechStars Co-Founder & Exec. Director David Cohen

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Three years ago, David Cohen and three friends started a summer program for startups.The idea was that over three months, around ten startups would get enough money to survive and enough guidance to build great ideas into viable companies. Today, TechStars boasts a remarkable roster of startup mentors and an equally impressive stable of program alumni. At the TechStars Boulder headquarters, we sat down with Cohen to talk about how and why the program works. TechStars’ many success stories include BrightKite, which has become a leader in location-based social apps, and SocialThing, a lifestreaming service which sold to AOL last year.A Boston branch of TechStars debuted this year; its inaugural class includes nine startup companies. jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Is the U.S. Unwilling to Pay for Good Public Transportation?

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Houses Versus CarsGetting Around in SwedenTo Save Transportation Energy, Change BehaviorLocation Efficiency Trumps Home Energy EfficiencySuburban Sprawl Costs a BundleHow Green Is Your Car? Private affluence and public squalorFourth, there is a deeper tension in the U.S., first noted by economist Kenneth Galbraith, between private affluence and public squalor.Many of us, it seems, have lost faith in the public realm. The private car is the embodiment of U.S. individualism. The decline of our cities’ infrastructure is one expression of loss of faith in the public realm as a place of beauty and efficiency and an embodiment of what one journalist refers to as “our anger and our pessimism.”This thinking has made our cities less about shared experiences and more a place of different lives and separated spaces.There is some room for optimism. A series of reports highlight the advantage of investing more in public transport. And as more people want to live in cities in dense walkable neighborhoods, the demand for public transport is increasing.Ridership rates vary by city and with the price of gas, but the overall usage trend is upwards. The top 10 transit systems carry 12.6 million people each workday.And millennials lack their parents’ and grandparents’ love affair with the automobile. We may be at the cusp of a generational shift in attitudes to the car and mass transit. Cities and cars were never a good fit, something more people appear to be realizing.Urban public transport may come to be seen as a more desirable, more sustainable, more equitable way of getting around the city. If only we can remember to ensure we have enough money to replace those electric cables before they pose a serious danger. Officials in Washington, D.C., say they may have to shut down portions of the Metro subway system for months because its piecemeal approach to maintenance is no longer sufficient.The disclosure follows a shutdown of the entire Metro system on March 16 for 24 hours. Three-quarters of a million people use the system each weekday, so the inconvenience and cost were considerable.The reason: frayed electrical cables discovered in at least 26 locations that posed an immediate danger. Closing the Metro was probably the safest thing to do.Just two days previously, an electrical fire in a tunnel forced stoppages to busy commuter service. In September 2015 a train was stuck inside a tunnel, and passengers choked for over an hour as smoke from a fire was accidentally pumped into the train. One woman died. In the last six years, 15 people have died in seven separate incidents.A system that opened to much fanfare in 1976 is now crumbling. It is a depressingly familiar story that is not limited to urban public transport. The U.S. has a major and growing infrastructure gap — though chasm is a more appropriate metaphor.The quality of a country’s infrastructure is directly linked to its competitiveness, because a decent infrastructure makes businesses more productive and improves the quality of life. Why has the U.S. let its public transit slip so far? From First to Third WorldThe American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation’s infrastructure a D+. Its report from 2013 depicts a woeful tale of deferred maintenance. More than 70,000 bridges are in need of repair. We need around $1.7 trillion for our surface transportation alone.The week that the D.C. Metro was closed, I was in Zurich, Switzerland. The contrast could not have been starker. There, a ticket is good for rail, bus, and tram. The vehicles are clean and efficient. Good public transportation is a widely shared experience and a deep source of pride. Most people in the country use public transport in the cities to get around. It is a vital part of urban public life.In international comparisons, the U.S. is falling further behind. To fly from either Seoul or Shanghai into Los Angeles airport is to make the journey from a First World to a Third World airport. To fly into New York’s JFK from Zurich or most European capitals is to fly from the future into the past.And when you arrive in Los Angeles or New York City airports, the public transport connections are often nonexistent or inadequate. If you fly into Dulles, the main international airport for D.C., you will wait in vain for a train to the city (although buses are available). The Metro has yet to link the city to the airport, 40 years after the system opened.Now Switzerland, which ranks at the top globally for overall infrastructure, may be a reach for the U.S. But when the U.S. ranks 16th for infrastructure quality, easily outranked by countries such as France and Spain, then we should start worrying.There are substantial costs to the decline of our public transportation system. Closures, accidents, and inefficiencies cost individuals and companies and reduce the efficiency of our national economy. Poor infrastructure means Americans spend $120 billion each year in extra fuel and lost time.To some extent, this state of affairs should be no surprise.Our competitors are out-investing us in the vital infrastructure necessary to make our economy efficient and internationally competitive. Even when our public infrastructure spending is higher than our competitors, it is less well-targeted because decisions are more politically motivated than based on economic rationality.We seem unwilling to pay for public services. Our declining road system, for example, is funded by the Highway Trust Fund, which is derived from a gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. The tax has not been raised since 1993, and more fuel-efficient vehicles means less revenue. Raising the gas tax is not considered politically feasible, even in a time of declining gas prices. What went wrong?At least four reasons can be cited for the decline in the quality of urban public transportation.The first is the early and continuing embrace of the private car as a form of urban transport. In Europe, expensive gas and restrictive land use measures kept people in dense cities, and urban growth followed along the lines of mass transit, reinforcing and consolidating their use.Encouraged by the construction of the highway infrastructure, Americans moved out to the suburbs and started to rely more on cars, rather than public transit, to get into cities. [Photo credit: Thomanication via Flickr]In the U.S., growth spread across a landscape of freeways and motorway exits, encouraged by federal investment in the national highway system in the 1950s. As low-density suburban sprawl spread, public transport became less viable. New suburbs and Sunbelt cities constructed in the last half of the 20th century were built around the private automobile.Over time, Republican-dominated suburbs came to see mass transit as a special Democratic interest and voted accordingly. For example, the mayor of Nashville’s plans for public transport last year were blocked by state politicians and right-wing national interest groups.Second, as cities were designed to meet the needs of the motorist, mass transit systems that had been owned by private companies were abandoned or effectively dismantled in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s because they were losing money.As a result, many mass transit systems were taken over by municipalities. This led to a high-cost, low-revenue system dependent on the vagaries of federal, state, and city funding. Meanwhile, car drivers were economic free riders, not charged for the social costs of their accidents, pollution, and congestion.The third reason is that all infrastructure ages and needs costly maintenance and continual improvement, yet funding is often constrained.Even when new transit systems were built, such as in D.C., or existing ones were upgraded, as in New York City and Boston, they still had to be maintained, which takes up large chunks of public money without the benefit of a ribbon-cutting ceremony.Building something new gives politicians a photo opportunity; replacing a frayed electrical cable does not. And there are many other claims on government such as pensions, schools, Social Security, and a large military. Our infrastructure chasm is a quiet, slow-moving but relentless crisis only brought into focus when wires fray to the point of immediate danger.Across the country, transit systems have a backlog of deferred maintenance. Chicago Transit Authority, for instance, spent $5 billion on infrastructure upgrades in the past five years, but needs another $13 billion. Cities in the U.S. have a repair backlog that amounts to $86 billion. John Rennie Short is a professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

Petron rolls to 10th straight victory, rips PLDT

first_imgView comments Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Read Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Defending champion Petron continued flattening the field in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, this time crushing PLDT Home Fibr, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Imports Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell combined for 40 points as the Blaze Spikers stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Niemer fired 16 kills and delivered five of the team’s nine service aces for 21 points while Bell poured 19 points off 17 spikes and a pair of blocks.All-Filipino Conference Most Valuable Player Rhea Dimaculangan made sure the two had several good looks at the ball, tossing 31 excellent sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Petron defense also held up well as Kendra Dahlke was the lone double-digit scorer for the Power Hitters with 16 points. Grace Lazard, who played a key role as PLDT upset F2 Logistics, had just eight points for her squad, which slid to 6-5.United Volleyball Club banked on Filipino-American star Kalei Mau and import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani to dominate skidding Cignal, 14-25, 25-21, 25-21, 26-24, in the other match. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chess victory is ticket out of shelter for 8-year-old boy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no otherlast_img read more

Video: ESPN Releases Epic Game Trailer For Ohio State-Virginia Tech Contest

first_imgOhio State Virginia Tech promotion.Ohio State-VT TrailerWe have to wait a couple extra days for the most anticipated game of Week 1 to kick off. Ohio State, the unanimous No. 1 team in college football, is set to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Monday night. The Buckeyes and the Hokies played in 2014, with OSU losing its only game of its national championship season. Urban Meyer’s squad will be out for revenge in Lane Stadium. ESPN has released an epic trailer for the contest. WATCH: ESPN Ohio State vs Virginia Tech Game Promo! #GoBucks #BeatVT— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) September 1, 2015We can’t wait for this one. The game is set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img