NYC Comptroller John C. Liu Puts Forward New Initiatives For Cutting Waste Spurring Investment

February 20, 2012
By Neal Tepel

City Comptroller John C. Liu on February 16, 2012 offered fresh ideas for cutting waste, spurring investment to ensure sustainable growth, and doing more to enhance the economic security of all New Yorkers – in a State of the City address delivered at the City College of New York. In addition to highlighting the nearly $1 billion in savings his office has identified over the past two years, Comptroller Liu outlined proposals and put forth an ambitious plan to battle unemployment, increase oversight of City finances, assist small business, and create a more level playing field for all New Yorkers.


Newly Adopted Building Codes Promote Greener City

January 6, 2012
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

Newly-adopted green building codes are expected to put the city on track to meet PlaNYC’s goal to lower carbon emissions, energy consumption and waste. Buildings account for 75 percent of the City’s total greenhouse gas emissions and 95 percent of total electrical consumption. The adoption of recommended procedures will divert 100,000 tons of asphalt from landfills each year; reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide by 5 percent; lower the costs of lighting energy by 10 percent; and provide $400 million in savings by 2030.


Steven Rush Elected President of the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA)

February 15, 2012
Around Town By Neal Tepel

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA), a council of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, elected Steven Rush to serve as president at its board meeting in Dallas, Texas on February 12, 2012.  OPEIU represents approximately 3,000 helicopter pilots throughout the United States and Canada. Rush is a founding member of the PHPA Council, and a force behind its establishment in 2002.  He is also president of OPEIU Local 102, one of the original Local Unions affiliated with the Council, and has served as a Council member since 2002.


Supporting Reproductive Health Care Rights

January 30, 2012
Around Town  By Neal Tepel

The Assembly has passed a resolution calling on Governor Cuomo to proclaim Reproductive Rights and Justice Week, January 22-28. The resolution, K.828, sponsored by Assembly Member Deborah Glick, had been favorably reported from the Assembly Health Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, earlier today. The committee also reported three bills.


Borough President Diaz, BOEDC & FreshDirect
Reach Agreement

February 14, 2012
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and FreshDirect have reached an agreement on best practices to address a number of the concerns that have been raised snce FreshDirect's proposed relocation was made public. The "memorandum of understanding" includes agreements between the three parties on local hiring, vendor referrals, expanding FreshDirect's services to new Bronx neighborhoods, accepting EBT benefits, and decreasing the company's reliance on fossil fuels through the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.


Illegal Billboard Collapses

January 18, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

On Friday January 13, 2012 an illegal billboard collapsed at 421 Meeker Avenue onto the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.The billboard caused a partial collapse of a building, a gas leak, and stalled traffic on the BQE. Council-member Stephen Levin (D-Williamsburg), who represents the area in which the billboard was located, issued the following statement in response to the incident.


Tic Outbreak in Some Upstate Schools

February 13, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

As mentioned on Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CNN and Dr Drew, there is a bizarre outbreak of Tourette’s-like symptoms among school children in two upstate NY villages- Le Roy, SW of Rochester, and Corinth, north of Albany on the Hudson River, but above where the PCBs enter. 


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Slammed for Advocating Anti-Business Policies

January 16, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepe

The Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength released a statement slamming the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for advocating policies that are bad for American business.  The group made the statement in response to the Chamber’s annual State of American Business address which was delivered by Chamber President Tom Donohue, a former lobbyist for the trucking industry. The Patriotic Millionaires, which includes some of the country’s most prestigious business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors, said:


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