Thursday, May 28, 2015

The President is Briefed on Hurricane Season Outlook and Preparedness

New York State Gun Violence Awareness Month Begins June 1

Elected Officials, Clergy, Activists and Community Leaders Converge to Address Increase in Violence

New York, NY – (May 26, 2015) –For the third year Gun Violence Awareness Month (GVAM) will take place across New York during the month of June, highlighted by anti-violence events and advocacy efforts, and by proclamations from Mayors and County Executives, community leaders, clergy and activists, who will mark GVAM in their respective communities with heightened awareness and activities.

On June 10, 2015, thousands of New Yorkers across the state will wear orange, the universal theme color of peace that has been adopted to remember the lives lost and to amplify the clarion call for gun violence prevention as New York heads into the summer months. Elected officials, businesses, unions, student organizations and community groups will wear orange, and there will be events across the city and state.

Other highlights for GVAM will include PSA’s from city and state leaders, a social media campaign, endorsement from Mayors at their annual June conference in San Francisco, “Sermon Sundays” where ecumenical religious leaders, including preachers, rabbis and Imams across New York State have signed on to devote one Saturday or Sunday in their House of Worship to anti-violence, and proclamations, resolutions and letters of support from a range of elected officials.

State Co-Chair of GVAM is Byron Brown the Mayor of Buffalo. Also uniting around the effort are US Congressional leaders Hakeem Jeffries, Charles B. Rangel, Carolyn Maloney; Members of the NYS Black Puerto Rican Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; NYS Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, Co-Chair of NYLGVP and Chair of ASLGVP; NYS Assemblywoman Michelle Shimel, Co-Chair of NYLGVP; Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, Stephanie Miner, Mayor of Syracuse; Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester; Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of Albany; Mike Spano, Mayor of Yonkers; Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle; Earnest Davis, Mayor of Mount Vernon; Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller; Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate; Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President; Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President; Ruben Diaz Jr, Bronx Borough President; Jumaane Williams, NYC Councilmember; Robert Cornegy, NYC Councilmember; Ydanis Rodriguez, NYC Councilmember; Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone; Tamika D. Mallory, Chair of the New York Justice League, Erica Ford, LifeCamp Inc./I love My Life.

New York State is the only state in the nation to dedicate and entire month to the issue of gun violence prevention and awareness. In 2013 the first resolution unanimously passed the New York State Legislature naming June Gun Violence Awareness Month as part of a five year push to reduce gun violence across the State. The resolution was sponsored in the Assembly by former State Assemblyman Karim Camara and in the Senate by State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson. Similar resolutions and proclamations were issued in every major city in New York State, including New York City. Highlights from last year’s GVAM included, a public service announcement done by New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, Co-Chair of the New York City Council Gun Violence Task Force.

Events in June will include: Everytown for Gun Safety June 2nd #WearingOrange; Mother’s in Charge, Inc. June 6th National Rally; National ASK Day on June 21st; and many other marches, town hall meetings, youth engagement activities, gun buy backs, public service announcements and social media campaigns. For more information on the month’s activities or to get involved, please visit:

Long Term Care and the Nursing Home Industry

Advocate Says a ‘Dangerous Trend’ Will Force Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents into Life-Threatening Situations 

Jack Halpern is the CEO of the New York City-based "My Elder Advocate, LLC". The organization provides advocacy services and helps seniors with issues such as eviction prevention, nursing home or assisted living placement and long term care planning.

In March, Mr. Halpern was showcased in the episode "Home Health Aides from Hell", which will be the focus of discussion for members of the New York State Standing Committee on Aging during its next legislative session, as confirmed by Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., who serves on the committee.

Mr. Halpern recently asked The G-Man Interviews to meet with him to discuss what he described as a dangerous trend – in New York nursing homes and those in other states – that will lead to the evictions or deaths of Alzheimer’s and dementia residents who need and rely on long term care.

The interview was conducted on May 22nd at My Elder Advocate’s Brooklyn office.
Information pertaining to this episode is available through the following links:

My Elder Advocate, LLC.

CBS News report

New York Times report

New York Times article on Excellent Home Care and Extended Home Care

Village Voice article on Howard Fensterman and Excellent Home Care

Today in History: May 28th

Washington Journal: U.S. Strategy Against ISIS

John Bradshaw and Michael Doran talked about the current U.S. strategy in the fight against ISIS* in Syria and Iraq.

* The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

George Pataki Presidential Campaign Announcement


Source: C-Span

Rick Santorum Presidential Campaign Announcement

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He talked about his agenda for jobs, the economy, fighting terrorism, and veterans. After his speech he was heard mingling with the crowd at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Pennsylvania. 

EU, Burundi’s Catholic Church Pull Out from Observing Elections


By Clement Manirabarusha

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – The European Union and Burundi’s influential Roman Catholic Church on Thursday pulled out from observing elections in the African country, saying that next month’s vote cannot be fair because of daily unrest and a crackdown on media.

More than a month of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office has sparked the biggest political crisis since an ethnically-charged civil war ended in Burundi in 2005.

Source: Euronews

Eastern Ukraine: Separatists ‘Will Not Push for Independence,’ Says Spokesperson

Source: Euronews

Tony Blair to Step Down as Middle East Representative

Source: Euronews

Jack Warner Turns Himself in After Being Accused of Corruption in FIFA Scandal

Source: Euronews

Reviving Global Growth Tops Agenda at G7 Talks in Dresden

Source: Euronews

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

State Department Daily Briefing

Jeff Rathke responded to reporters' questions on a variety of foreign affairs topics, including the Middle East peace process and the closed-door espionage trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.

Military Response to Ebola

 The highlighted area represents West Africa.

Officials from four Defense Department organizations talked about the U.S. military response to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, and the research it has conducted on the deadly disease. They focused on their behind-the-scenes work and how those actions halted further spread of the disease.

Source: C-Span

U.S. Incarceration Rates


Panelists talked about a National Academy of Sciences report on the origins and effects of growing incarceration rates in the U.S.

Source: C-Span

Today in History: May 27th