Bill de Blasio came into office hoping to be the most labor-friendly
mayor the city had seen in years, but as he gears up for re-election his
work to win over support from some unions may require serious elbow
In a column exclusive to the Daily News,
Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen called on
workers to question what de Blasio did to help them during his nearly
three years in office before deciding whether to support him.
“To my brothers and sisters in the labor movement, I say this:
Thoughtfully contemplate whether de Blasio really shares our trade union
values before you give the mayor your stamp of approval. At Bill’s
core, it’s all about Bill, not the trade unionist working families we
represent,” Samuelsen, head of the 42,000-member union, wrote.
De Blasio, initially considered a longshot, did not get the support of
most unions in the mayoral primary in 2013, but the labor movement
coalesced around him in the general election — a feat he hopes to repeat
in 2017, where he does not yet face a serious challenger.
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, along with the
Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection, today reminded
taxpayers to remain vigilant against scammers and identity thieves.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, however protecting private
information should be a year-round practice.
“Taxpayers contact us throughout the year, not just during tax
season, to report fraud and identity theft,” said NYS Tax Department
Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “It’s critical that New Yorkers ensure
that their financial information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
That’s why we’re offering these simple steps that taxpayers can take now
to guard their money and identity.”
“Online theft of private data and information can result in identity
theft and a loss of time and money for those who are victimized,” said
New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, whose agency oversees the
State Division of Consumer Protection. “We recommend consumers
consistently monitor all their accounts, as a few easy steps now can
save one a lot of aggravation later.”
1. Be wary of aggressive phone scams – Be sure to
only give personal information—including social security numbers—to
someone you trust. Remember, the NYS Tax Department and the IRS will
contact you by mail first and will never threaten you over the phone or
demand payment be made through MoneyGram, Western Union, or other wire
transfer services; or using iTunes, Greendot, or other cash or gift
2. Avoid phishing scams – Taxpayers may receive
emails with authentic-looking government logos that offer assistance in
settling fake tax issues. The NYS Tax Department and IRS will never
request personal or financial information by email.
3. Protect your computer
– Ensure that your computer is secure when accessing your financial
accounts online by looking for “https,” with an “s” after the “http,” in
the website address.
4. Use strong passwords – Use a combination of
upper- and lower-case letters as well as numbers and symbols when
creating a new password. Don’t use your name, birthdate, or common
words. Use a different password for each of your accounts.
4. Use secure wireless networks – Always encrypt your wireless network with a strong password. Never access your personal accounts on a public Wi-Fi network.
6. Review bank accounts and statements – Check your credit card and banking statements regularly to spot any suspicious activity.
7. Review credit reports annually
– Review each of your credit reports annually to spot any new lines of
credit that you didn’t apply for or authorize. This can be a sign that a
thief has stolen your identity and opened up a credit card, for
example, in your name.
8. Think before you post – The more information and
photos you share via social media, including current and past addresses,
or names of relatives, can provide scammers possible answers to your
security questions or otherwise help them access your accounts.
9. Secure tax documents
– Store hard copies of your federal and NYS tax returns in a safe
place. Digital copies should also be saved. Shred documents that contain
personal information before throwing them away.
10. Review and respond to all NYS Tax Department communications
– You should review and respond to all notices sent from the Tax
Department. Any unexpected correspondence from the Tax Department can be
a potential sign that your identity has been stolen. It’s important
that you contact the Tax Department immediately to confirm any
If you believe that you’ve been contacted by a cyber criminal
attempting a scam, have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, or
suspect a tax preparer is engaging in illegal activities, visit the Tax
Department’s Report fraud, scams, and identity theft webpage
to learn how to report it. The Tax Department takes this type of
illegal activity seriously, promptly reviews each compliant, and takes
corrective action when appropriate.
Source: The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
Spokesman John Kirby briefs reporters and responds to questions at the
State Department, including remarks by Secretary Kerry about the
“illegal and illegitimate government of North Korea,” and what the
comments mean for policy toward the regime.
Bob Howard, born Howard Joyner, was an African-American pianist-vocalist on swing records in the 1930s. Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Joyner began singing in New York night clubs in the mid-1920s. He began recording in 1931 under his real name for Columbia.
The Spirals of Poverty and Mass Incarceration Upend Urban Communities
Photographs by Matt Black and Words by Trymaine Lee
PHILADELPHIA — They used to pray together before
school each morning. Dawn Hawkins would take her son’s hands, and with
clenched eyes she’d ask for safe passage from their home through the
hard streets of North Philadelphia, a sometimes-dangerous maze of gang
lines, drug corners and police dragnets.
“Be a shield of protection for my baby,” she’d say as part of their daily ritual.
Though she prayed to God for a shield, she served as
protector, marching him to and from school like a drum major. Her baby,
Khyrie, was 13 then, a quiet, lanky boy with soft features and
penetrating eyes. As much as she tried to buffer him from danger, he’d
already seen too much. A cousin had recently been murdered. He’d
witnessed a host of relatives cycle in and out of prison for drugs,
violence or a combination of the two. And many of his friends, without
drum majors of their own, seemed to be finding their own beat in the
Dawn knew she didn’t have much longer before that beat got too loud for
Khyrie to ignore, or before the cops would begin to see her baby-faced
boy as a man. Black men don’t always fare well in neighborhoods like
theirs, where trapdoors lay in abundance, ready to snatch them from city
blocks and toss them straight to cell blocks, or worse, a grave.
Hedge fund investors pulled $28.2 billion from the industry in the
third quarter, the most since the aftermath of the global financial
crisis, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc.
The net outflows,
which amount to 0.9 percent of the industry, are the largest since the
second quarter of 2009, the firm said Thursday. Investors redeemed $51.5
billion in the first nine months of the year, even as industry assets
rose to a record $2.97 trillion, it said.
Hedge funds have been under pressure from investors critical of high
fees and uninspired performance. The Kentucky Retirement Systems’
investment committee voted Oct. 14 to exit hedge funds over a three-year
period. Marc Levine, chairman of the Illinois State Board of
Investment, said yesterday that the plan had moved two-thirds of its
assets to passive management to reduce fees, causing it to withdraw
about $1 billion from hedge funds.
A funding grant of $1 million is available to assist
new and early-stage farmers through the New York State New Farmers
Grant Fund. Now in its third year, the program builds upon the success
of 2015 when more than $743,000 was awarded to 25 early-stage farms
across the state to support the continued growth of New York’s
agriculture industry. To date, nearly $1.4 million has been provided to
41 farms throughout New York State to expand their operations and
improve their profitability.
"New York's farmers are a rich part of this state's heritage and remain essential to the success of our economy," Governor Cuomo said.
"This funding will support the expansion of farms as they increase
production and help ensure this remains a strong and sustainable
industry for generations to come."
The $1 million New Farmers Grant Fund will
provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of
eligible project costs, with the remaining 50 percent being matched by
the recipient. All owners of eligible farms must be within the first ten
years of ownership and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in
income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. Eligible
project costs include the purchase of farm machinery, supplies and
equipment, and construction or improvement of farm structures. Empire
State Development, in consultation with the New York State Department of
Agriculture and Markets, administers the fund.
This year, the program has eliminated the
150 acres or less requirement and is now accepting farm applicants of
all sizes. The application and guidelines for the New York State New
Farmers Grant Fund are available online. The deadline for submission is January 27, 2017.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie said,
"Across our state, the New Farmers Grant Fund is providing people who
are new to agriculture with the resources necessary to start their
businesses, and those who are just starting with the support they need
to continue on the road to success. I have been proud to advocate for
funding of the New Farmers Grant Fund, which will continue to help to
protect the future of our state’s leading industry, and encourage those
looking to pursue careers in farming to apply for funding."
Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Magee said,
"It is important that we support beginning farmers with tools and
training, and that we make available the resources they need to go
forward with a career in agricultural production. The New York State New
Farmers Grant Fund will benefit those who have the desire to farm, as
well as everyone who has an appreciation for New York grown products,
and I thank Governor Cuomo for incentivizing and encouraging careers in
farming through these awards."
Additionally, the Department of Agriculture
and Markets recently launched a resource page for new farmers interested
in starting their own farm and early-stage farmers looking to diversify
or expand operations. Resources for New Farmers,
located on the Department's website, provides information on state
regulations, job training, land ownership, farm financing, marketing and
other areas critical to starting a farm operation.
On October 22, at 9:30 a.m., Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will hold a rally at the organization's headquarters and urge Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill to conduct a community summit on policing.
Rev. Sharpton is calling for the summit in effort to address growing concern and dissent over shootings of African-Americans by NYPD officers, including the recent shooting of Deborah Danner in the Bronx.
Minister Kirsten John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of NAN, Donna Lieberman, President of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblyman Michael Blake, Marisol Alacantara - Senator-elect replacing State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and other elected officials, community activists and civil rights leaders are expected to be in attendance.
The event will be held at the "House of Justice", located at 106 West 145 Street at Malcolm X Blvd., and broadcast on WLIB 1190 AM.
Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will host a
community meeting where the Army Corps of Engineers and New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will present the latest
version of plans for protecting the Rockaway Peninsula, Broad Channel,
the East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet, and the Jamaica Bay
This is a community meeting the residents of Arverne/ Historic
Somerville, Edgemere, Bayswater, and the eastern end of the Peninsula
have been demanding for some time. Continuous flooding during high tide
and disastrous weather have been plaguing the Rockaway community for
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Macedonia Baptist Church located at 330 Beach 67th Street, Arverne, New York.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Senator Sanders' office at 718-327-7017.
Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders, Jr.